Title: Cause of Death, The
Authors: Temple-Camp, Cynric
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 310
Year: 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins
Language: English
Description: In his 30-year career as a provincial pathologist in New Zealand, Dr Cynric Temple-Camp has accrued many cases most unsuitable for discussion at the dinner table. They range from the infamous Lundy case, to instances of spontaneous combustion, exhumations and drug mules, with each case receiving the same respectful care and attention required to determine the cause of death.

Compelling, surprising but never macabre, this is an easy-to-read, informative book chronicling just what goes on when the worst happens.
Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Medical/Health, Science & Technology, True Crime, 2019 Titles


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By: AUCK 381 2019-11-20 14:10:54
Universally loved by all! Great conversation starter. Lots of engagement and such a deft writer!

By: HAMIL 010 2019-11-13 14:05:11
Most of us enjoyed this book - very readable; good insight into the dual roles of forensic and coronial pathology. Intriguing situations to discern cause of death in most instances. Two of our group have enjoyed investigative roles - but not into death. We appreciated the respect shown as coroner: "The last opportunity to speak for the dead". Good discussion as well as curiosity about the role.

By: CHCH 257 2019-11-13 10:09:53
All "enjoyed" (!) this well-written book. It was restrained and lacking in sensationalism in presenting the facts. It was about people, not cases. For some of the cases described chronological dates were missing and would have been helpful.

By: OTAKI 001 2019-10-15 14:53:12
Most of us felt some apprehension when this book arrived, but once we got started we could appreciate the work and commitment Dr Temple-Camp has towards his clients - both the living and the dead. There were some interesting, funny and sad stories included. We discussed the conviction the author expressed about telling his clients' last story accurately and respectfully.

By: OPOTI 001 2019-10-15 14:49:31
Because it is very informative in a chatty and readable way, it was thought provoking. Allowed us to understand but not be overwhelmed. Good knack for telling a yarn.

By: DUNED 043 2019-10-15 14:46:55
Relevant and excellent read.

By: WAIKA 001 2019-08-09 12:31:19
This book was enjoyed by all. We were very interested in the job of a pathologist. He gave us a real insight to the detective work involved. So good to read a New Zealand book, but also interesting to read about the connections with pathologists worldwide.

By: WELL 007 2019-08-09 12:29:21
A light read, but easy to read and entertaining. The interesting subject matter led on to further discussion on subjects such as suicide, spontaneous combustion and domestic violence. And particularly the Lundy case, which is scheduled for a final appeal next month, August 27th in Wellington.

By: PLIMM 001 2019-08-07 14:55:27
Because of the title and the cover we approached this book with trepidation, but all found it interesting. It is very easy to read, and the writer deals with the subject sensitively yet with an unemotional distance which made us trust him.

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