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. [Larger font]
Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Medical/Health, Science & Technology, True Crime, 2019 Titles, Larger font


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By: TAUR 062 2022-03-02 13:38:24
We all really enjoyed this book, we thought he dealt with this macabre subject with humour. Great variety of stories. Incredibly interesting and great to read something based in N.Z. Well worth reading.

By: PALMN 031 2022-03-02 10:36:46
Fascinating insight into the work of a practising pathologist. Most of our group remember many of the cases (being from Palmerston North!)

By: SUTHER 001 2021-11-15 14:58:44
Generally enjoyed. A bit gruesome.

By: NAP 032 2021-08-25 10:53:33
This book was chosen by a member who had worked with CT and is still friends with him. Most members weren't enthused when faced with the book, but variously found it: interesting, fascinating, educational, respectful of the dead, easy (and fast) to read. One member found comfort. A couple had a personal connection. Only one member scored a 4. Highest scoring book we have had!

By: ALEXA 008 2021-02-23 14:22:34
We all loved this book. It was an easy read and morbidly fascinating. The high profile cases were very interesting. Many of us have recommended it to others to read.

By: DANNE 005 2020-12-07 20:43:02
Fascinating, local and informative; Cynric captured our attention with his easily digestible read, and kept us wanting more. Hoping to have Mr Temple-Camp speak at our nearest library saw us organising a get together with two other book groups for our Dec meeting instead. What a hoot! Thanks Cynric! Your book brought a community of book lovers together.

By: AUCK 255 2020-08-19 12:25:48
Great read with each chapter presenting as a short murder mystery, made all the more interesting because the stories are true and set in New Zealand.

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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