The Chemistry of Death, Paperback
4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


Finding refuge in a quiet rural backwater, Dr David Hunter hoped he might at last have put the past behind him.

But then they found what was left of Sally Palmer...It isn't just that she was a friend that disturbs him.

Once he'd been a high-profile forensic anthropologist and all too familiar with the many faces of death, before tragedy made him abandon this previous life.

Now, the police want his help. But to become involved will stir up memories he's long tried to forget.

Then a second woman disappears, plunging the close-knit community into a maelstrom of fear and paranoia. And no one, not even Hunter, is exempt from suspicion.

Gruesome and gripping, this startling new British crime thriller has an unnerving and original twist.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780553817492



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A disturbingly graphic novel about a forensic anthropologist hiding from his past. But when strange killings happen in the village where's he's been working as a GP, he's forced to go back to help catch the murderer. Well written and chilling.

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Brilliant crime novel - although I kind of suspected who had 'done the deed' during the course of the book, I'm pretty sure I was led down that path, particularly by the clue that was found on the first body that David couldn't quite get a fix of in his mind. I found myself shouting what it as he needed to remember and what significance it might have. The ending was still slightly surprising and was a neat twist to the plot.This crime thriller was well written, and easily digested, and I will certainly read more of Beckett's books in the future.

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A very enjoyable read. Just enough forensic detail to stop you from skipping past it - i find some books on the forensic theme waffle on a bit too much and you are waiting for them to get back to the story!! Well written and nice to have a Crime Thriller set in England. Plenty of twists and turns along the way. I would definately recommend this and look forward to reading some of his other books.

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A real page turner of a story, gory but gripping. David Hunter flees to a remote Norfolk village to get over his wife & daughter's deaths as a locum GP and thinks he has turned his back on his previous forensic archaeology career, only to be called in to help with some gruesome local murders. Plot line keeps you guessing almost to the end.

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After a tragedy David Hunter has retreated from London and his job a one of the best forensic experts to work as a GP in the remote little town of Manham. He's buried his past until a grisly murder shocks the community. And when a second woman disappears, his expertise is needed. He becomes more and more involved in the investigation. On the other hand suspicion runs high, everybody suspects everybody else. The final showdown comes after many twists and turns. Simon Beckett had me on the edge of the seat and the denouement was really surprising.

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