What I’m Reading: The Coroner

I am doubling up on book reviews this week. I just found a good one so I thought I would sneak it in.

I have an Audible account but sometimes I don’t use it as I should. I have two other online libraries that I use and I save my Audible account for books that I want to get immediately and the library wait is going to be more than six months or for books that aren’t available through my free options. I tend to forget that Audible has some free options for books too. If you have a membership, they have a free section called the “Plus Catalog”. I often forget that I should look for books there.

Happily, I did find one there that for me, looked like I might want to give it a try. The book was The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush.

I got about four chapters into the book and thought…Hmm. I’m going to stop and see if this author has other books. That is always a good sign that I’m liking the book.

I did like the book. I listened to it over the course of two days. It really had my attention. I’ve told you before that so many of the books I’ve been reading lately all have elements of the book that I can’t logically believe. This book was totally believable. I can see this story happening in real life. I liked the characters…another thing hasn’t happened much with the books I’ve been reading.

The book isn’t some deep mystery…just a who dunnit with likable, believable characters. It was just what I needed.

Here is what Amazon had to say:

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she’s called home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack and Emily is needed urgently to help with his recovery.

Not sure what to expect, Emily races home, blowing the only stoplight at the center of town and getting pulled over by her former high school love, now Sheriff, Nick Larson. At the hospital, she finds her father in near-total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a Senator’s teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town.

Reluctantly agreeing to help her father and Nick, Emily gets down to work, only to discover that the girl was murdered. The autopsy reminds her of her many hours in the morgue with her father when she was a young teen—a time that inspired her love of medicine. Before she knows it, she’s pulled deeper into the case and closer to her father and to Nick—much to the dismay of her big-city fiancé. When a threat is made to Emily herself, she must race to catch the killer before he strikes again

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars. I think I will say the same. It isn’t a book that I will go down in history proclaiming it’s greatness but it was definitely a book that kept good company with me while I worked on my latest quilting project.

If you’re interested you can find the book HERE. I am VERY happy to say that the author has a follow up this first book, Secret Remains. I’m off to see if one of my online libraries has the book or if I’m going to have to blow an Audible credit to get it.

6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Coroner”

  1. If you have BritBox there is a series called The Coroner that is a cozy mystery that sounded a bit similar. Whitstable Pearl was also good. Although maybe the coroner was on Acorn. Confusing since I’m ding both this month due to so weird programming issues.

  2. Sounds good, Jo! I read The Sisters of Sea Virw by Julie Klassen this week and really enjoyed it. I waited for it on the Libby app for quite awhile but it was worth it.

  3. Sounds like a good book – I don’t have audible so I think I’ll wait awhile to purchase the book. I was going to mention the series on Britbox but Edith is way ahead of me!
    Love and prayers

  4. Sheila Fernkopf

    I use Hoopla to read books. Just finished The Coroner. And then downloaded Secret Remains! The Coroner was the kind of book you don’t want to put down. And did you know that the third book – Last One Alive – will be released October of 2023! Thanks for telling us about these books!

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