Average rating 4. 49 272 ratings 27 reviews, Start your review of A Life to Kill (Jenny Cooper, 7) This is the latest and seventh in this superb series featuring Coroner Jenny Cooper by MR Hall. This is a stellar addition, with Jenny taking on the might of the British Army as she sets up an office at the garrison town of Highcliff. This is a story that resonates with a number of contemporary British issues, covering recent history with military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, using vulnerable teenage boy soldiers who have no idea what they are fighting for and whose lives are deemed... Compulsive, astute, and timely! In this latest novel in the Coroner Jenny Cooper series, A Life to Kill, Hall immerses us in a complicated, emotional case involving a missing Private, a dead soldier, two critically injured, and a military that seems determined to keep their skeletons in the closet. The writing is tight and crisp. The characters are flawed, secretive, and loyal. And the plot is an intricate, exceptionally-paced mystery full of twists, turns, revelations, deception, corruption... Best book in his series so far From start to finish this book was a real page turner. The difficulties the Matthew portrayed about the army procedures when an investigation is underway from outside sources are conducted, could well be made to make you think of real time events. His empathy towards the comrades of the soldiers involved made you imagine that you could actually see it all unfolding before your eyes. Love all his books but this one for me is outstanding. Brilliant xxx The 7th book following the career and life of Coroner Jenny Cooper. I thoroughly enjoyed this although at times it was harrowing reading. Mrs Cooper has been engaged to conduct a coroner's inquest into the death(s) of two soldiers who lost their lives in Helmund province 24 hours before they were due to go home, their tour of duty completed. A fascinating insight into military procedures and civilian procedures covering the same thing. Very involved and detailed and an excellent read. True to... This was my second Mathew hall book and thought it was excellent again. Well worth a read. Very good, and worth the wait! I read this straight through. The inquest which Jenny is asked to conduct is on a soldier killed at Helmand at the end of the British involvement in the 13 year long excursionary war. This handles a difficult topic and achieves something which is hard to do: showing the futility of the exercise while at the same time putting the argument in favour of what was happening and linking it to national security; showing the supportive nature of the military family while... This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the best book I've read this year. I'm already a big fan of Matthew Hall's 'Jenny Cooper' crime series, but in this one he's pulled out all the stops and in my opinion deserves to actually win an award rather than simply be shortlisted. You can read all about the story from others on 'Goodreads' or from the cover description. My job is simply to attempt to convey the power of the story to enthrall, move and above all leave the reader shaken and thinking about it for a long time... When I originally requested A Life To Kill on NetGalley, I somehow missed that it was the seventh book in a series. It was hard to follow the story at times but it didn't really take out of me enjoying the book in the end. The book handles a difficult subject but succeeds in showing the issues with recruiting, soldier's mental health as well as the sense of purpose that drives men to want to serve. Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Another perfect book I love Jenny Cooper. I found it hard to believe after reading the very first book that it had been written by a man. Every description of her inner turmoil, her challenges and hopes, seemed so accurate, I couldn't imagine how anyone other than a woman could have such insight. And that's never changed. I devour every book too quickly and then have to wait too long for the next. Without doubt, Matthew Hall is one of my favourite authors. An interesting read based on a conversation the author had about British boy soldiers and how they struggled when on tour eg in Helmand province against the Taliban. Most of the story is about a coroners court case that gradually reveals the truth of one disastrous mission. Its the first of Matt Halls books that I have read but I shall definitely read some more. A great read. I wasn't sure about a book on the British in Afghanistan but through the eyes of the Coroner, Jenny Cooper, Whatever the truth, It's better than not knowing" rang true. This novel and Tony Jones' The Twentieth Man, may yet convince me to read ore fiction. Current or recent political events as background to a crime make for compelling reading. this was another chance read for me, picked from the Quick Choice section at a local library. I hadn't read any other in the series but the synopsis of the storyline hooked me. I was not disappointed. This was an excellent novel This is an absolutely brilliant series, every book opens your eyes to the work of coroners courts in a new way. This book is really written, well plotted and the characters have become so much more rounded and ‘likeable. Ive no hesitation in recommending this book unreservedly. An excellent book. V emotional and thought provoking. More please Mr Hall! Another excellent addition to the Coroner Jenny Cooper series. A range of characters, well drawn. A suspenseful plot with tension kept up to the end. Quite a good story. One of the better Jenny Cooper stories. Excellent read. Love this series of books and this one was no exception. Interesting military background. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended. Wonderfully researched addition to The Coroner series. Excellent quality writing and a perfect 'page turner. Fabulous read, gives a powerful insight into life in and associated with the army and the relationships and responsibilities that entails. This is, in my opinion, Hall's best Jenny Cooper book yet. Stunning This is the seventh book in the series I have read and I can not wait for the next brilliant Tom Waters A great story, although, perhaps, not to my personal taste. A rare insight into the military. Like his other books, a really good story -a great series and sorry Ive to wait for another one to be written! A war time tragedy or a cover up? Good, fast-paced book with several twists and turns. Would give it 4. 5 stars if I could. Not quite 5 stars though as the ending was a little weak.
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