Grounds for Appeal (Hardcover)

By Bernard Knight

Severn House Publishers, 9780727881076, 215pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2012



"The third in the Dr Richard Pryor forensic mystery series from author of the Crowner John books - "Home Office pathologist Doctor Richard Pryor is pleased when forensic biologist Angela Bray is able to return earlier than expected to their new and thriving private forensic consultancy, following the quick recovery of her mother from a stroke. Together, they are able to persuade locum doctor Priscilla Chambers to stay on a few weeks longer, and Priscilla's flair for anthropology comes in handy when a new case shakes up the quiet resort town of Borth a body, found in the bog, with its hands tied and the head missing . . .

Praise For Grounds for Appeal

The discovery of a headless body in a Cardiganshire bog prompts Welsh pathologist Richard Pryor and Angela Bray, his forensic consultancy business partner, to swing into high gear in Knight’s solid third 1950s mystery (after 2010’s According to the Evidence). Meanwhile, a new woman in Pryor’s life—Priscilla Chambers, a former medical associate of Angela—fills in while Angela is briefly away tending to her aging mother. An underplayed conflict arises as Pryor compares the two women, both of whom pose potential romantic interest. A couple of subplots involve a paternity question and an abused woman’s appeal of her murder conviction. While retired Home Office pathologist Knight puts the budding technology of scientific crime solving at the forefront, often at the expense of character development, this period procedural is not without its peculiar charms.

-Bernard Knight