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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

To Mourn a Mischief
To Mourn a Mischief

The grisly death of a...
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2018

To Mourn a Mischief

The grisly death of a young girl resurfaces after twenty-two years. The coroner’s open verdict comes under scrutiny…

Sasha Grove-Williams hated her wealthy father’s dubious business affairs – and ended up dead on a railway track. But did she jump or was she pushed? That’s the burning question for Chief Inspector Beverley Wharton when a raving answerphone message from the now dementia-suffering coroner of the day falls into her hands.

She and her pathologist lover Dr John Eisenmenger – an expert in forensics – are immediately plunged into a messy world of corruption and violence that seems to envelop everyone.

Who is the father of the Sasha’s foetus that unexpectedly comes to light? How can Beverley be mired in the charge of collusion? What evil will Stephen Grove-Williams not stoop to in order to end the snooping? What will John make of Beverley’s bid to blackmail a villain to feather her own nest? Can science triumph over treachery?

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07M6YT2B5/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

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February 1, 2019
To Mourn a Mischief

The latest Eisenmenger to be published, av...
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February 1, 2019

The latest Eisenmenger to be published, available as a download, POD or, soon, an audiobook. I hope you enjoy it.

New, Novel, Eisenmenger, mystery

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