• The Burning

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 6
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A family tragedy. A buried secret. What lies hidden in the flames?

A dense, bitterly cold fog has settled over the Wye Valley when Bristol coroner Jenny Cooper is called to the scene of a dreadful tragedy: in the village of Blackstone Ley, a house has burned to the ground, with three members of a family inside.

Though evidence of foul play is quickly uncovered, it isn't long before the police investigation is drawn to a close. It seems certain that the fire was started by one of the victims, Ed Morgan, in a fit of jealous rage. But their infant son is still missing, and Ed had left a message for his surviving wife, Kelly Hart, telling her that she would never find the child....

As Jenny prepares the inquest, she finds herself troubled by the official version of events. What could have provoked Ed's murderous rampage? How might the guarded other inhabitants of the village have been involved? And what could the connection be with the mysterious abduction of a little girl 10 years ago?

Battling to suppress gruelling events in her own life, Jenny soon becomes entangled in another perplexing inquiry that may have surprising links to this one. Can she unearth Blackstone Ley's secrets before it's too late?

©2014 Matthew Hall (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Back to basics here - a crime and an
investigation. Then lots of loose threads which our Coroner can't
resist tugging on, a busy lot of people
with so many agendas the fun seems in no danger of ending. Very good.

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  • MJ
  • 10-11-21

Wow

THAT was really, REALLY good. That’s all I’ll say- you’re going to have to read it for yourself.

PS- I like Alison more with every book…

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Masterful plot

This series has twists and turns I never see coming. If I were reading rather than listening I would find it hard to put down.

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Love this series!!

It's both exciting and engaging! I get lost in these stories similar to the stories of Elizabeth George... the heroine is relentless, flawed, honorable and slightly naïve. Please enjoy them; I could never have imagined a man so well versed in female psych!!!

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A winner in this series!

intriguing storyline and characters. Kept my attention, never boring because of the unraveling of clues which lead one way with certainly only to punch you in another direction.

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Favorite!

I really enjoyed this particular storyline. The cast of regular characters played together perfectly.

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More!

I adore this authors keen sense and ability to draw you in and provide so much more detail to a plot then anyone else! I'm sad that this is the last in this series and wish he would write more!

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Where's The Next Book?

I got totally obsessed with this series. I had no real knowledge of how the UK Coroner's Office worked. But I loved the character of Jenny. She is flawed but unstoppable. Now I want the next book to be published and worried it may never happen. This story's a true mysteries you must pay attention. Still the author has managed to make it thrilling not only cerebral.

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  • CM
  • 08-19-20

My Favourite

I think this is my favourite in the series so far. It is about ordinary people and not a corporate or government conspiracy. Also Alison ,her coroners officer , has returned to work after recovering from a head injury and has a changed personality with a few social filters removed. I much prefer the new Alison to the rather Poe faced and annoying previous incarnation. The crime scene is set in a rather insular village with well drawn characters who all have something to hide .

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  • Aliasuk
  • 10-31-17

A Disappointing Instalment

I have been such a fun of the Jenny Cooper series. Such a great series. So many riveting stories that Michael Hall so masterfully puts together.
So I couldn't wait to get my hands on this instalment. From the get go this story felt somewhat different. It simply didn't have the weight and intrigue that the previous stories in the book series had.
As I progressed through the chapters this became more evident.
A simple story. Unnecessarily complex. It almost felt as though the author had to write another story about this great character.
Such a multifaceted heroine, yet so one dimensional in this instalment.
Very disappointed indeed. I do hope that the author picks up his game in the next instalment. Otherwise it will be "goodbye" from me.

The performance on the other hand, was simply excellent!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-18

Another brilliant Jenny Cooper tale

I have listened to all the books in this series one after the other and haves loved them all, this being no exception.
Jenny is a great character and the narrator is the best I have heard on any audible books. There is only one more in the series and I dread coming to the end of it...

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  • Mandy Dockery
  • 07-20-20

Loving the Coroner Series

I am really enjoying the series, and I am fascinated with this new world of a Coroner. Its beautifully written and also has a very human depth to it all.
One small critique, the Narrator has a beautiful speaking voice, but in my opinion does not try hard enough to work on different accents, so when other characters 'speak' they all sound the same.
Other than this, the books are great reading.

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  • The Glamizon
  • 02-14-20

One of my favourites of the series so far.

I have just binged on this entire series. The Coroner proved to be little addictive xx

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  • Lesley Warren
  • 09-20-19

intriguing

full of twists and turns. fantastic book. didn't really want it to end. thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Fifi Lafou
  • 03-25-19

Gripping

I have enjoyed every one of The Coroner Series and I love Sian Thomas as narrator. You can almost visualise Melin Bach and the drive into Bristol. The characters are never straightforward- and I particularly enjoyed Alison in this book- beautiful follow-up on her bravery in the last one.

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  • Ellie
  • 07-26-18

Great protagonist, compelling mystery

Lovely flawed characters are so likeable, interesting murder mysteries. Highly recommend this series for an easy enjoyable listen.

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  • Susan L.
  • 07-06-17

Truly exceptional.

Intriguing storyline with a good dose of suspense thrown in. As always, Sian Thomas brings the story to life.

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  • Mrs. J. Rowberry
  • 08-25-21

very enjoyable

A very enjoyable book, which was excellently read. living in the area its set and knowing a lot of the places makes it really come alive