The Coroner: A Novel

The Coroner: A Novel

by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683316237
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: A Novel
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 274,557
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Graeser Dornbush is herself the daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home. She investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 10 years old. Since that first case she has had decades of on-site experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy. Jennifer now uses these experiences to pen crime fiction for film and TV, with a feature film God Bless the Broken Road slated for release in 2018. She has consulted on shows such as Deception, Hawaii Five-O, Prison Break, Leverage, and more. Jennifer is also member of Sisters in Crime and hosts webinars on crime writing through Writer’s Digest.

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The Coroner 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TropicalDelusions 9 months ago
The Coroner - Jennifer Graeser Dornbush I was fortunate to receive this novel from as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Dr. Emily Hartford is a third-year surgical resident in Chicago and is preparing for a surgical case as this novel opens. It is also her birthday, which she realizes to her surprise, as she’s commuting into work. Upon her arrival, she’s asked to perform an emergent appendectomy, so she tucks her busily ringing phone away. It’s not until later, as her boyfriend is proposing to her, that she checks her messages and learns of her father’s sudden illness. Diamond ring, newly placed on her finger, she packs some things and heads for home. As Emily approaches Freeport County, her childhood home, she’s hit by a wave of nostalgia, and inadvertently drives through the towns only traffic light. Witnessed by a cop, she’s pulled over, only to see her high school love is the cop in question. They re-connect briefly, and she continues her trip to the hospital, where her father has been diagnosed with a heart attack. Estranged from her medical examiner father for several years after the death of her mother, Emily hopes she can find some common ground with her Dad. Meanwhile, a young equestrian and daughter of a senator has been found dead after a morning ride, and her horse has been badly injured as well. With the county coroner hospitalized, and the family not wishing for their daughter’s body to be autopsied out of county, Emily is asked to perform the examination. Her discovery points to blunt force trauma, a homicide. As Nick and Emily join forces to solve Julie’s murder, Emily’s new fiancé remains in Chicago, busy visiting wedding venues and making plans for their marriage. As her frustration with the case grows, she begins to realize that she has unresolved feelings for her first love, along with unresolved questions regarding her mother’s death that she wants answers to… For a first novel, this book was surprisingly good!! I very much enjoyed Emily’s character and I hope this is a first in a continuing series. I was hooked right from the start and read this book from cover to cover in just a few hours, not wanting to put it down! There were a few medical errors, but likely not detectable to the layperson – of course they may have been corrected prior to print, also. Great story, engaging characters, and well worth the read!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Perhaps a little too Hallmark - but nicely written and I enjoyed it.
cristieu 10 months ago
I cannot believe this is an author's debut, as it was so well written and was everything I look for in a thriller! The plot had tons of twists and turns. I cannot wait to read the author's next book!
scambra 10 months ago
Promising start to a new series. Hopefully! Emily Hartford goes back home to help her father. She’s drawn into a mystery that brings up feelings that she’s long suppressed. The book is full of engaging characters with a history that I want to learn more about. Since there is a bit of a cliffhanger, fingers are crossed that there is more to come!
Sunshine1006 10 months ago
Emily is a surgical resident in Chicago with the beginnings of a great career . It's her birthday and and she gets engaged to a very handsome, well bred surgeon. Life is good. Her father back home is the coroner. A calls comes in, her father has had a heart attack. She has to go back although she and her father are estranged. While there, a Senator's daughter dies from a fall from horseback. No one to do the autopsy so Emily does it. It was not an accident. An old flame is now the Sheriff and he helps Emily with the autopsy. Emily begins to see how much of her life is still left in this small town. Then she accidentally over hears something that may get her killed before she can have a life. A thrilling ride from the first. The author knows her stuff. Loved it. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review.