> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 18 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781409043065
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Scent of Death

The chillingly atmospheric new David Hunter thriller

Forensics expert Dr David Hunter returns in the skin-pricklingly tense new crime thriller from international bestselling author of The Chemistry of Death.

'A superbly strong read' The Times
What began as a straightforward case is about to become a twisted nightmare . . .
Once a busy hospital, St Jude’s now stands derelict, awaiting demolition.

When a partially mummified corpse is found in the building’s cavernous loft, forensics expert Dr David Hunter is called in to take a look. He can’t say how long the body’s been there, but he is certain it’s that of a young woman. And that she was pregnant.

Then part of the attic floor collapses, revealing another of the hospital’s secrets: a bricked-up chamber with beds inside. And some of them are still occupied.

And it soon becomes clear that St Jude’s hasn’t claimed its last victim . . .

Chilling, visceral and masterfully paced, Simon Beckett’s new crime thriller will leave you gasping.

  • Pub date: 18 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9781409043065
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Simon Beckett

Simon Beckett has worked as a freelance journalist for national newspapers and colour supplements. He is the author of five international bestselling crime thrillers featuring his forensic anthropologist hero, Dr David Hunter: The Chemistry of Death, Written in Bone, Whispers of the Dead, The Calling of the Grave and The Restless Dead. His stand-alone novels include Stone Bruises and Where There's Smoke. He lives in Sheffield.

Also by Simon Beckett

See all

Praise for The Scent of Death

“Simon Beckett’s sixth novel featuring the forensic anthropologist David Hunter is arguably his best . . . a superbly strong read.”

Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES

“Beckett's masterful storytelling and macabre forensic details make his novels utterly chilling reads.”


Related titles