I listened to this on the very long trip from Vancouver to Edmonton. And it was in some ways the perfect roundtrip book. It was engaging, excellently written dialogue, a complex and interesting protagonist, a case that was interesting, and not too much fluff to distract from the main story.
Jenny Cooper was a barrister (lawyer) in the UK until her husband suddenly filed for divorce and she started having severe and debilitating panic attacks. Looking for a fresh start she gets the job as coroner near Bristol after the old Coroner died suddenly. She finds herself knee deep in cases and trying to figure out it as she goes.
I really enjoyed this book for the most part. I think that the author is an excellent writer, it’s only his actual story or imagination that maybe needs some work. I was quite skeptical how a professional intelligent woman with a mental health issue would be portrayed on the page, but I have to say that it didn’t’ annoy me much. I’ve discovered there are 7 books in the series and he delves deeper into her issues and treatment as the story progresses.
All in all, if you are looking to start a new procedural series, this is something I’d take a look at. Bonus, it was turned into a series by CBC in Canada (no idea how to watch it outside of Canada, I’m going to start watching tonight!)