Matthew Hall (better known as M. R. Hall) is one of notable British novelists which we have been following very closely in the crime fiction genre. Previously a lawyer, his books are carefully plotted and are amazingly factual. He is one of those authors who spend more than a year in writing a book and even more time doing research for a book. He has published three books so far featuring Jenny Cooper, a coroner in Severn Vale District.
Hall’s first novel, The Coroner, was published in 2009. His second novel, The Disappeared, was published in January 2010 in the UK. The Coroner was shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger awarded to the best crime novel of 2009. His third novel, The Redeemed, published by PanMacmillan in April 2011. In this video, Hall talks about his past, his second novel The Disappeared, the locations of his plots and the process in which he goes through to write his books.
In The Coroner, when lawyer, Jenny Cooper, is appointed Severn Vale District Coroner, she’s hoping for a quiet life and space to recover from a traumatic divorce, but the office she inherits from the recently deceased Harry Marshall contains neglected files hiding dark secrets and a trail of buried evidence.
Could the tragic death in custody of a young boy be linked to the apparent suicide of a teenage prostitute and the fate of Marshall himself? Jenny’s curiosity is aroused. Why was Marshall behaving so strangely before he died? What injustice was he planning to uncover? And what caused his abrupt change of heart?
In the face of powerful and sinister forces determined to keep both the truth hidden and the troublesome coroner in check, Jenny embarks on a lonely and dangerous one-woman crusade for justice which threatens not only her career but also her sanity.