Cassie Raven believes the dead can talk. We just need to listen . . .
People think being a mortuary technician is a seriously weird job. They can’t understand why I choose to cut up dead bodies for a living. But they don’t know what I know:
The dead want to tell us what happened to them.
I’ve eviscerated thousands of bodies, but never someone I know before – someone who meant a lot to me; someone I loved.
The pathologist says that her death was an accident.
Her body is telling me differently.
A.K. Turner‘s first foray into crime fiction was a detective thriller trilogy, written under the pen name Anya Lipska, following the adventures of Janusz Kiszka, a fixer to London’s Polish community. All three books won critical acclaim and were twice optioned as a possible TV series.
In her other life as a TV producer and writer, A.K. makes documentaries and drama-docs on subjects as diverse as the Mutiny on the Bounty, the sex lives of Neanderthals, and Monty Don’s Italian Gardens.
This was a cracking crime thriller with an engaging pair of protagonists – mortuary assistant Cassie and detective Phyllida. Both are equally determined to get justice for the victims, with slightly different ways of going about it.
When Cassie’s former teacher winds up on her table, her death apparently an accident, Cassie suspects otherwise and asks Phyllida Flyte – a detective new to the Met, to take another look in exchange for some information that may solve another case.
The pair both examine the death from different perspectives, unravelling a scam in the process but putting one of them in harm’s way.
Engaging, clever, fascinating (yes, I’m one of those people who likes forensic science and thinks it’s interesting not gross) and utterly gripping. I look forward to more books featuring these two smart and dedicated women.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.