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Martha Gunn, Coroner, becomes involved in a case in which a corpse appears from a flooded cellar when the River Severn floods Shrewsbury. The peaceful town isn't used to murder and when another violent death happens shortly afterwards it seems irresistible to assume that the two are connected though at first the police, in the shape of DI Alex Randall, cannot see that the two men could have known each other.
I found this compelling reading and I had to keep on until I finished it. I like Martha Gunn as a character and the way she battles for justice for the dead, even venturing into a bit of detection work herself - strictly against the rules. While endeavouring to do her demanding job to the best of her ability, Martha is bringing up her twins alone following the early death of her husband. She is developing a friendship with Alex Randall and he is starting to rely on her as a sounding board and as a source of good ideas.
This is the first book in the series featuring Martha Gunn and Alex Randall. If you like your crime with a well-constructed plot and well-drawn characters then this may be the series for you.
Excellent 2005 coroner Martha Gunn debut novel. Gripping, absorbing, and totally captivating plot set in perennially flooding Shrewsberry. A dead body floats up from a flooded basement surprising local plod, and setting off a series of ever-deepening problems and difficulties for the police, pathologist, and the coroner! Well-scripted novel hooks you and never let's go! Well worth buying and keeping for a re-read.
Martha Gunn is a new favorite character and I really like her family and the detectives she works with as well as the pathologist. This is the first in a series and she has other series which also sound interesting.