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My name‘s Keith McCarthy. I write novels and short stories (mostly about forensic crime), as well as being a working cellular pathologist which means, among other things, I am one of the people who perform autopsies. The aim of this website is not only to tell you about myself and my stories, but also to tell you the truth about what it‘s like to be a UK pathologist. 

  Certainly for me, writing is welcome relief from an increasingly difficult world. Producing good writing brings me intense pleasure and perhaps, if you'd like to contact me I can help with that or any questions you may have about autopsies, pathology or the UK Coronial system.

Recent Novel

Spirits of the Dead
Spirits of the Dead

Books 1-3 in Keith McCarthy’s thrilling Eisenmenger-Flemming forensic series are co...
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Spirits of the Dead

2016

Books 1-3 in Keith McCarthy’s thrilling Eisenmenger-Flemming forensic series are collected together here for the first time.

A FEAST OF CARRION

John Eisenmenger, a former forensic scientist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into a bizarre and gruesome murder case. Suspicious that the police findings don’t seem to add up, he and solicitor Helen Flemming set out discover what really happened to Nikki Exner.

The police are determined to cover up their failings, leaving Eisenmenger and Fleming to discover there’s more at stake than simply uncovering the murderer’s identity…

THE SILENT SLEEP OF THE DYING

When a bereaved father asks Helena Flemming and John Eisenmenger to investigate the death of his daughter, Millicent Sweet, they don’t expect to find anything. After all, while 22 is far too young to die, cancer doesn’t discriminate.

So when they fall head first into a web of blackmail, death and corruption, they’re stunned by the conspiracy they uncover – a new and potentially devastating weapon.

Can they solve the crime in time – and fend off those who want it to stay buried?

THE FINAL ANALYSIS

It’s fair to say that when Melchior Pendred, convicted of five horrible identical murders, dies in prison, the locals were relieved – until a sixth body turns up. With an eerily similar background to his brother, suspicion mounts about his identical twin, Martin. Did the police convict the wrong brother?

What’s left to do but call in John Eisenmenger, the official pathologist for the original murderers? It doesn’t take him long to follow the right trail, but a spanner is thrown in the works when his partner Helen Flemming is threatened.

Can he solve the crime and save his friend?

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September 18, 2014
A New Book

On October 1st, GWL publishing are releasi...
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A New Book

September 18, 2014

On October 1st, GWL publishing are releasing MEMENTO MORI, something of a departure for me.  A love story that shows that anger and hate are not the only emotions that can be destructive both to the self and others.  It also has something to say about that which links art and insanity.  The paperback ISBN is 978-0-9928836-5-2.  The cost is £9-99, although it should a tad cheaper as an ebook.

New book, Memento Mori, Insanity, Art

November 1, 2011
SPELL(ING) CHECKERS

What a dangerous tool is the spell checker...
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SPELL(ING) CHECKERS

November 1, 2011

What a dangerous tool is the spell checker.  Curiously, it purports to check the spelling (and grammar) of a piece of writing whilst, of itself, being a bastardisation of language; surely, Mr Gates, you meant 'spelling checker'? 
Be that as it may, we all use them and very good they can be.  No longer is it enough to be good at spelling, now one has to be good at typing too, and very few of us are perfect at both.  Mistakes abound in typed text, not matter how carefully constructed; before I publish this post, I will run the spell checker and it will tell me where I have gone wrong.  No, actually, it will tell me where the programming 'thinks' (in the loosest sense of that word) I have gone wrong. 
Please don't make the mistake of assuming that the spell checker is always right, though.  Almost certainly, your vocabulary is greater than that of the program; fine, look at the words it tells you are wrong, but don't immediately think it is right and you are wrong.  Make sure that the dictionary is set to the correct language (different varieties of English use very different spellings for the same word).  Make sure that, if you add words to the program's vocabulary, they are spelt correctly; stick a wrongly spelled word into the vocab and that's it, you'll never realise for ever more that you're getting wrong.
I won't even start going into the grammar checker in this post.

Pitfalls of Spelling Checkers

October 28, 2011
SMALL WORDS

'So' 'as', 'since' and 'yet' can all be tr...
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SMALL WORDS

October 28, 2011

'So' 'as', 'since' and 'yet' can all be tricky and merely offering definitions in order to clarify their uses usually only serves to confuse.  For instance, the word 'so' can be used as an adverb (in 8 different ways), an adjective (in 2), a conjunction (in 2), a pronoun and as an interjection (So!  You're here at last.)
The only way to become comfortable with them (and therefore to allow your reader to become comfortable) is to read, read, read again, and then write, write and write some more.  Make sure as many people as possible read what you write, too - friends, family, colleagues.  Writing is fundamentally achieved only by practice and apprenticeship.

Small words, writing practice, apprenticeship