Interview: Author ‘Jennifer Graeser Dornbush’ Talks Her Book The Coroner: A Mystery

Jennifer’s story creation is bred from a very unsheltered childhood as the daughter of a medical examiner whose office was in her home. She investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 8 years-old and from there gathered decades of on-sight experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy.

The stories she creates stem from the unique range of human experiences. Because of her background, she does not shy away from telling stories about tough circumstances and how characters choose to deal with them. Whether it’s a despairing war widow Amber Hill, who has lost her faith in her feature film, God Bless the Broken Road… a mistrustful detective, Riley St. James battling to solve a twenty-year old murder in her novel, Hole in the Woods… a brilliant doctor, Emily Hartford harboring deep-seeded anger at her father for not investigating her mother’s car crash in her mystery novel, The Coroner’… or a group of nuns posing as prostitutes to save sex trafficked victims in her Episodic TV show, Prey… Jennifer’s characters encounter light in their darkness… redemption where none seems possible… and bits of levity to sweeten the journey.

Check out her website here and Twitter. The book is in stores on Tuesday, August 7. You can listen to the interview below.

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she’s called home to Freeport, MI, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack and Emily is needed urgently to help with his recovery.

Not sure what to expect, Emily races home, blowing the only stoplight at the center of town and getting pulled over by her former high school love, now Sheriff, Nick Larson. At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a Senator’s teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town.

Reluctantly agreeing to help her father and Nick, Emily gets down to work, only to discover that the girl was murdered. The autopsy reminds her of her many hours in the morgue with her father when she was a young teen―a time which inspired her love of medicine. Before she knows it, she’s pulled deeper into the case and closer to her father and to Nick―much to the dismay of her big city fiance. When a threat is made to Emily herself, she must race to catch the killer before he strikes again.

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