The Scent of Death: David Hunter, Book 6 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||16 May 2019|
|Publisher||Random House Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 42,655 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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St Jude's Hospital has been abandoned for a while and there are secrets which need to be uncovered. Dr Hunter is happily working, he is happy in his relationship and yet, not knowing where Grace is, is an ongoing worry. However, the case of the mummified remains that have been uncovered, take all of Dr Hunter's time and energy.
A solid book and I enjoyed it.
St Jude’s Hospital is awaiting demolition. Its only recent visitors have been society’s outcasts, drug addicts and dealers. A partially mummified corpse has been found in the building’s loft. Dr Hunter can see that it’s a young woman and that she was pregnant. But while the body is being examined, the rotting floor of the loft collapses. A pathologist falls through the floor and is injured. The search for him reveals a deliberately sealed room, where two bodies are strapped onto beds.
What may have been a relatively straightforward case is suddenly very complicated. The bodies need to be identified and the community is concerned.
This is the sixth book in Simon Beckett’s Dr David Hunter series. I’ve read some (but not yet all) of the others and have enjoyed them. I’ll confess to being more interested in the forensic detail than I am in Dr Hunter’s personal life, but the backstory has its own part to play. This novel could be read as a standalone but knowing more about Dr Hunter and his backstory adds to an already atmospheric tale. There are plenty of surprises and more than a few twists. St Jude’s Hospital itself is a significant character: derelict, dangerous and full of surprises.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK Transworld for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
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I'd personally recommend reading this series in order just because his experiences affect him and some of them come back to haunt him. I almost said they shape him as a character but I'm not sure they do, he remains pretty much constant...maybe gets a tad more maudlin though.
I really enjoy the forensic side of crime and this story doesn't disappoint. The book is written in the first person (Dr. Hunter) so we know his thoughts as well as the facts as he discovers them whether it's at the crime scene or in the morgue, and they're interesting.
The setting for this novel is an old hospital and Beckett captures the ominous atmosphere really well, and describes believable characters. The story is a good one and ties up well at the end, however once solved we are thrown back into David Hunter's personal life which again has that maudlin feel, and as an ending I could have done without.
However, it won't stop me reading the next if Beckett writes it, which I hope he does.
I’ll not rehash the storyline as it’s been done by many other reviewers. I’ll reiterate that less descriptions of none events would be an improvement. Maybe focus on characters rather than bricks/ceilings of buildings, for example.