• The Scent of Death

  • David Hunter, Book 6
  • By: Simon Beckett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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By: Simon Beckett
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Scent of Death, by Simon Beckett. 

It’s been a good summer for forensics expert Dr David Hunter. His relationship is going well, and he’s in demand again as a police consultant. Life is good.

Then a call comes from an old associate: a body has been found, and she’d like Hunter to take a look.

The empty shell of St Jude’s Hospital now stands awaiting demolition, its only visitors society’s outcasts, addicts and dealers. A partially mummified corpse has been discovered in the hospital’s cavernous loft, but not even Hunter can say how long it’s been there. All he knows for sure is that it’s the body of a young woman. And that she was pregnant.

But the collapse of the loft floor reveals another of the hospital’s secrets. A sealed-off chamber, still with beds inside. Some of them occupied....

For Hunter, what began as a straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare that threatens everyone around him. And as the investigation springs more surprises, one thing is certain.

St Jude’s hasn’t claimed its last victim....

With its viscerally authentic forensics, menacing atmosphere and nerve-shredding tension, Simon Beckett’s new crime thriller will leave you gasping.

©2019 Simon Beckett (P)2019 Penguin Random House UK

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I've Been Saving This As a Treat

After recent less than thrilling procedural mysteries that I have read and reviewed, I was really pleased to read the most recent David Hunter thriller. It's quite fast paced and twisty. Beginning with the discovery of a body at soon to be demolished hospital, Hunter is dragged into a threat to his relationship with the police as they bring in a private company with a young gun scientist who causes Hunter some grief. It also seems as if Hunter will finally get over some of the traumas of his past.

Very well read, I enjoyed it thoroughly and it seemed as if the time I spent with it went by too fast. Here's hoping there will be another book in this series soon.

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1st time reader of the Hunter series. A+

I came upon Simon Beckett through a recommendation. Having primarily a European audience, I hadn't heard of him or the David Hunter series. I came away very impressed and wanting to read the rest of the 6 book series. As of this review, there are only two audio books available and I started at the end of the series with book 6. Brilliant UK performance by Jonathon Keeble who is a master at the various accents of the multinational characters. Great story and plot, deep characters and lots of twists and turns. definitely a worthwhile, entertaining read/listen.

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Just boring...

I couldn’t finish this book. I returned it once I reached chapter 19 and couldn’t take anymore. The narrator was ok except when he did the voice of one of the characters that’s suppose to be an old lady!, That voice was super annoying. It was just boring. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen but nothing did, at least up to chap 19.

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  • A E GILBERT
  • 09-03-20

Gripping and beautifully read

From opening my eyes to closing them I was entangled in this book. Eloquently narrated and wonderfully written. Thank you

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  • Ciarrai Wilson
  • 04-25-20

Gripped...

Well worth a listen, had me gripped throughout, and as always beautifully read by Jonathan Keeble.

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  • Andrew
  • 08-09-22

Really disappointing

I enjoyed the early Dr David Hunter stories but this one is really disappointing. Waffly, overloaded and pointless description, almost entirely void of a storyline and any interesting characters. Truly I found it an effort to persevere with. The overly dramatised voices in the performance only added to the ordeal of listening to this book

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  • Ann
  • 07-03-22

Excellent

Brilliant JK excellent as usual enjoyed story Look forward to next book will reread this book again

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  • Marilyn Cousins
  • 06-08-21

Gripping to the end

So well written and read ... well researched.
First Simon Becket I have read will definitely read more

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  • Miss LM Emler
  • 04-28-21

Brilliant as usual

Another excellent David Hunter story, very well read by Jonathan Keeble. My only slight complaint is the weird Aussie accent given to Rachael. Bearing in mind in the previous (audio)book she didn’t have the accent & it was explained she was originally from Bristol, it just seemed unnecessary & annoying to me! But not enough to make a difference in my enjoyment, can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-23-21

Another great book by Simon Beckett

Simon Beckett just keeps good books coming and I love listening to the audiobooks when they become available. Great narration.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 03-12-21

Disappointing

I really find the aggression of the police team so blatantly unrealistic, also the nasty attitudes of various other characters is totally tedious!

This seems to be the worst in the series, and I couldn’t wait for it to end!

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  • barbara
  • 12-03-19

Love the detail

Great book . Lots of twists and turns. I love the forensic detail that Simon puts in . Jonathan Keeble brings it all to life .. look forward to another book.

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  • Natasha H.
  • 10-02-19

S ent of death

Very good read I have fits so Audible books are so good cos I can listen intead and you picture what the characters are like