Released on 31 January 2013.

#5 in series
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The Chosen Dead

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Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates . . .

An unlikely suicide or a deadly conspiracy?

When Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates the fatal plunge of a man from a motorway bridge, she little suspects that it has any connection with the sudden death of a friend’s thirteen year old daughter from a deadly strain of meningitis. But as Jenny pieces together the dead man’s last days, she’s drawn into a mystery whose dark ripples stretch across continents and back through decades.

In an investigation which will take her into the sinister realms of unbridled human ambition and corrupt scientific endeavour, Jenny is soon forced to risk the love and lives of those closest to her, as a deadly race to uncover the truth begins . . .

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Splendid . . . Regular readers of Matthew Hall will expect Jenny to be risking life and limb to bring to light crimes which others would rather remain hidden and she does. If you’ve read earlier Hall’s books such as The Disappeared and The Flight (one of the best) you will not be surprised to hear that this new one effortlessly maintains his usual high standard
Daily Express
Matthew Hall’s previous four novels are very good. This one is even better . . . This exciting story raises eternal and unanswerable questions and teaches the eternal and unwelcome truth . . . the crusading coroner, neither ruthless nor calculating, come out on top in the end
Literary Review
Every so often, I’m lucky enough to read a book which pulls me in so tightly that I don’t want it to end – the sort of book where you find yourself slowing on the last few pages, just to prolong the enjoyment that bit more. The Chosen Dead is such a book, and it had me in its thrall from the first chapter . . . intricately plotted and hugely enjoyable
Crime Fiction Lover