According to the Evidence

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A forensic mystery of the 1950s - After starting their risky venture of a private forensic consultancy, Doctor Richard Pryor – now a Home Office pathologist – and forensic biologist Angela Bray have now become firmly established. An apparent bizarre suicide in a remote Welsh farm starts them on a new investigation, which is followed by an unusual request from the War Office. And when a Cotswold veterinary surgeon is charged with poisoning his ailing wife, can Pryor’s expert ...

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Overview

A forensic mystery of the 1950s - After starting their risky venture of a private forensic consultancy, Doctor Richard Pryor – now a Home Office pathologist – and forensic biologist Angela Bray have now become firmly established. An apparent bizarre suicide in a remote Welsh farm starts them on a new investigation, which is followed by an unusual request from the War Office. And when a Cotswold veterinary surgeon is charged with poisoning his ailing wife, can Pryor’s expert evidence save him from the gallows?

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Publishers Weekly
Set in 1955, Knight's enjoyable second Richard Pryor mystery (after 2010's Where Death Delights) finds Pryor, now a Home Office forensic pathologist, and his professional partner, Angela Bray, a forensic biologist, continuing to run their private consulting business from a secluded house in the Welsh countryside near the English border. Success brings them three simultaneous cases: the suspicious death of a farm mechanic crushed by a tractor, the supposed poisoning of a woman dying of cancer by her veterinarian husband, and a British soldier's death in an accidental shooting incident in the Middle East that the soldier's widow is calling a murder. Knight may disappoint some readers by refusing to turn Pryor into an all-purpose detective or to emphasize action and intrigue, but the low-key sexual tension of Pryor's thus far platonic relationships with Bray and his secretary, Moira Davison, provides plenty of dramatic interest for those who prefer quieter traditional mysteries. (May)
Library Journal
Richard Pryor, a forensic consultant, represents a new profession in this gentle mystery set in rural Wales in the mid-1950s. Three different cases are presented to Pryor and his team, and using the new technology, they are able to help solve them all. Veteran historical mystery author Knight ("Crowner John" series) provides an intriguing premise that flows easily but offers minimal suspense in this second series entry (after Where Death Delights). VERDICT Is a gentle forensic mystery an oxymoron? This leisurely paced entry could be just the ticket for Alexander McCall Smith readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727869869
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Richard Pryor Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Knight is the author of the Crown John Mysteries series and is a member of The Medieval Murderers.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Don't Miss This Second In Knights New Series

    I confess that I obtained "According to the Evidence" late last year from the UK as I could not long wait to read it after reading the first in this new series, "Where Death Delights." I have read what I could of Knight's titles both fiction and non-fiction (some under the pseudonym of Bernard Picton) not to mention the 12th century historical murder mystery series, "Crowner John." I had reservations initially as I have been caught up in the late 12th to 13th century period for a while where both Knight and the author Jecks both excel in both story telling and weaving within historical settings that are not revisionist in nature. However, I found that the leap forward to England / Wales, etc. circa 1955 did not leave behind any of the writing skill nor holding true to the socio-cultural / historical framework in which the tales are told. I tell my friends to put Knight's new series on their reading list as I now tell fellow readers to do as well.

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