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Bernard Knight
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Knight June 15 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
See Where Death Delights - I became bored with it even more quickly than Death Delights - repetitive, just as twee as the other. No more PLEASE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in forensics in 1955... Sept. 2 2011
By K. M. - Published on
According to the Evidence (Richard Pryor Mysteries) is a novel about forensic scientists in the mid 1950's in Britain. Richard Pryor, pathologist, and Angela Bray, forensic biologist, had set up (with the help of a female lab assistant and part-time housekeeper) a practice together on the Welsh border in the previous and first book, Where Death Delights (A Richard Pryor Mystery) (which I have not yet read). They continue to gain clients in this sequel.

Back then, no laptops, no email, no cell phones, and so vital research info had to travel by wire (very expensive for lengthy materials), regular post, and and special messengers. Copy machines were just coming into use, but mostly carbon paper was still the norm. It's back in a time when DNA testing was still beyond human capabilities, but blood testing for paternity and criminal elimination could be done. The elaborate, quite definite tests we see on CSI had not yet been invented, so Richard and Angela must rely on more basic tests when they work their cases, and more on research than on technology.

In this novel, the duo deals with three main investigations: a farm machine mechanic who is found squashed in his shop; a soldier whose training death might not be accidental; and a pharmacist who is in danger of the hangman's noose for allegedly killing his already terminally-ill wife. Although WHERE DEATH DELIGHTS was touted for its "great plot twists," I don't think the same really applies to ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE. There aren't any huge surprises, and one of the plots pretty much resolved itself rather than be solved by Richard or Angela. Furthermore, some characters are introduced, but then fade away without being fully utilized, in my opinion.

The charm of this book lies more in the re-creation of 1955 and the state of forensic science round about then (author Bernard Knight, himself a retired Home Office pathologist, explains in his concluding note that for story purposes he anticipated some research that was actually done a little later). And there is the interplay of the firm's characters and Knight carefully advances little glimmers of possible romantic links. After all, when a man is surrounded by three women of various ages -- all younger than himself -- it is pretty inevitable that something more than professional interactions will develop...probably flowering in future additions to this series. Perhaps we will also see Richard's newly-bought and planted grape vines flower then too.

In general, ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE is a forensic detection novel that isn't exceptional but is worth reading and enjoying, especially for those who intrigued by how it (forensics) used to be done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Knight Feb. 18 2011
By Christopher Charles Prillwitz - Published on
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What can I say, except that this book, the second of a new series by Bernand Knight, is an excellent book. I highly recommend it and am waiting for the third book of the series.
3.0 out of 5 stars Quaint July 15 2014
By Claudia C. Daileader - Published on
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Light summer reading. Seems to thrive on stereotypes. Editor should learn that a gerund is modified by the possessive. Bland.
5.0 out of 5 stars According to me April 1 2013
By J. P. van Os - Published on
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It's giving you an insight how a Home Office pathologist and forensic biologist worked under difficult circumstances in the 1950's.
Different plots, easy reading, not using very difficult medical expressions.
Couldn't stop reading.
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read Nov. 19 2012
By John D - Published on
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This book gives an insight albeit from a distance into the work of the coroner and is as enjoyable as the other Bernard Knight books
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