M. R. Hall is a screenwriter and producer and former criminal barrister. Educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, he lives in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire with his wife and two sons. Also available in the Coroner Jenny Cooper series: The Coroner, The Disappeared.
At the start of British author Hall's able second mystery thriller to appear in the U.S. (after The Disappeared), coroner Jenny Cooper looks into the apparent suicide of psychiatric nurse Alan Jacobs, found in a churchyard in her Severn Vale district. Later, a Jesuit priest, Fr. Lucas Starr, asks her to investigate the murder of adult film actress Eva Donaldson. Though Paul Craven confessed to the killing and was convicted, Starr believes Craven, who "was not in his right mind," is innocent. Cooper learns that Donaldson joined the Mission Church of God after leaving the porn industry and supported Decency, "a pressure group advocating a ban on internet pornography." Still working through her own childhood trauma and rocky divorce, Cooper is under pressure from all sides to wrap up her inquiries, even when she discovers links between Donaldson and Jacobs's deaths. Hall's damaged heroine walks a fine line between empathy and aloofness, while a chilling blend of religion and corruption propels the whodunit plot. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
[star]When the body of disturbed psychiatric nurse Alan Jacobs is discovered in a cemetery with a cross carved into his chest, Jenny Cooper (The Disappeared), Severn Vale District Coroner, is called upon to confirm the cause of death. While Jenny is busy probing into the victim's double life, a new case comes to light, that of reformed porn star Eva Donaldson, who was stabbed to death in her home. Although a convicted murderer has confessed to Eva's killing, Jenny is unconvinced and begins to delve deeply into Eva's newfound religious life at the Mission Church of God. It soon becomes evident that the church plays a sinister role not only in Eva's death but possibly in the death of Jacobs and a third victim, teenager Freddy Reardon. It's up to Jenny to make the connections among the three deaths and arrive at the awful truth. Verdict Readers of Patricia Cornwell will very much enjoy this psychological thriller. Jenny Cooper's character is flawed and unflinchingly real. Highly recommended to round out any library's mystery collection.-Amy M. Handley, Kent State Univ., Columbus, OH. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Jenny Cooper has made it into her third breathlessly enjoyable
novel. She's stubborn, insubordinate, leads a chaotic life and is
prone to exceed her legal powers. She's mentally and emotionally
unstable, under psychiatric care, and consumes many pills.
Fortunately she is also obsessed with seeing that, as coroner, she
does justice to the dead * The Times *
The Redeemed, is the third crime novel in Matthew Hall's successful Jenny Cooper series, which continues to go from strength to strength . . . Jenny Cooper is a great series character * Bookseller *
Readers of Patricia Cornwell will very much enjoy this psychological thriller * Library Journal *