• A Life to Kill

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 7
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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A Life to Kill

By: Matthew Hall
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From the best-selling author of the Coroner Jenny Cooper series comes A Life to Kill, Matthew Hall's most gripping, moving and timely thriller to date.

If they're hiding something, we've got a right to know. We've got a right to know what Kenny died for....

The day they've all been waiting for is at hand. The last British combat soldiers in Helmand are counting the minutes until their departure for home. For their excited families in Highcliffe, it spells the end of an agonizing six-month wait.

But in the final hours, disaster strikes. Nineteen-year-old private Pete 'Skippy' Lyons is abducted, and the patrol sent out to locate him is ambushed. One killed, two injured. One still missing in action...

Their loved ones are left desperate for answers the army won't provide. How could Private Lyons have been snatched from a heavily fortified command post? And why are officers trying to disguise what happened during the mission to save him?

Their only hope lies with Coroner Jenny Cooper, who must take on the full might of the military to stop the truth being buried along with the boy soldiers. But in a town filled with secrets and rumours, it's not only the army that has something to hide.

A Life to Kill is the seventh instalment in the Coroner Jenny Cooper series.

©2017 Matthew Hall (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Susan L.
  • 07-07-17

Brilliant!

This was a complicated, emotional and, at times, gut-wrenching story that captivated me up to the very last words. I only hope that the author will continue to write more books in this brilliant series.

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  • san2har
  • 07-09-17

So good

This series is excellent. The character of Jenny Cooper doesn't spare her doubts and insecurities and the story is all the better for it. Alison her officer is also a significant character who contributes to the storyline. The narration is excellent and this story gives an insight into the army and the dichotomy of war and fighting.

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  • Sue Wassell
  • 06-09-20

Disappointed

I enjoyed the previous Jenny Cooper stories, however I think Mathew Hall has loss his way as I found the first two chapters boring and I final gave up reading this book half way through.

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  • The Glamizon
  • 02-14-20

A wee bit of a slog.

Not an easy listen, found this a bit of a struggle to get in to.

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  • Ellie
  • 07-26-18

Brilliant characters are so flawed and likeable.

Love this series. The main character is great, the mysteries interesting and the stories well written.

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  • Ros
  • 07-10-18

Insufficient research!

I have always enjoyed the Jenny Cooper books and was looking forward to another. Sadly this one did not live up to expectation. This was mainly due to Matthew Hall's poor knowledge of the Army in general, and in particular his ignorance of its rank structure, the relationship between ranks and the way in which he portrayed the imparting of bad news to relatives. Totally wrong. If you want to write a book that involves the Armed Forces, please get your facts right.

The personal ending for Jenny Cooper was ridiculous and completely out of context with the way her relationship with Michael had been portrayed earlier in the book.

In addition, I find Sian Thomas's breathy delivery very irritating.

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  • Fersh
  • 08-29-17

Loved it!

Another poignant and thought-provoking story from Matthew Hall. It gripped my imagination throughout and I didn't see the denouement coming. Great characterisation too, with Jenny's personal life still causing waves. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • KJ
  • 09-26-22

So enjoyable

I have really enjoyed this whole series of books about Jenny Cooper. Sian Phillip's narration has been excellent all through.

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  • Marie V.
  • 11-07-21

A story evoking lots of emotions ( could be shorter)

The book itself is very good, and very thought provoking leaving you with the feeling this could happen in reality across the world. For those of us who have never experienced war first hand we can have no idea what that must be like.

It was far too long though, and could be at least half the length without compromising on character building, events etc.

I listened for 5 hours, didn’t have the patience as had by then a very good visual scene setting then jumped to the last hour.

I’m not taking anything from the author, 5-8 hours is my limit for my attention span, probably from my upbringing on Agatha Christie! I’m glad I listened as I have gained an insight into what individuals give and go through for their country.

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  • Penelope Shand
  • 06-16-21

The Best in the Series

I have enjoyed all of Matthew Hall's Coroner series but this has been the best so far. I also found it the most moving and very sad. However I would recommend all to enjoy the series. They are well worthwhile.