The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett
This is the story of David Hunter, a forensic expert, who has taken work as a GP in a remote Norfolk village.
Recovering after the death of his wife and child, he is pulled out of his grief and back into the land of forensic science when a body is found.
In some ways this book is similar to Patricia Cornwall’s books, with its detail about how bodies decompose and how to analyse marks on bones, but the writing style is gentler.
Beckett’s book is full of believable characters, some of whom are highly unpleasant. His descriptions of people, places and events will draw you into the well structured plot, which is littered with clues that seem insignificant until near the end.
Not a book to be read late at night, but well worth reading.