Unnatural Causes By Dr.Richard Shepherd #bookreview

Posted February 7, 2019 by Ami-May Smith in Authors, Book Reviews, Five Hearts, Medical, Memoirs&Biography., Non-Fiction, Ratings, Richard Shepherd / 0 Comments



Author: Dr. Richard Shepherd

Title: Unnatural Causes

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Format: Kindle

Genre: – Non Fiction /Medical Science

Buy Here: Amazon





Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd.

He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death.

He’s a detective in his own right.

And he has one, ultimate and pressing question to answer:

How did this person die?

Unnatural Causes is an unputdownable record of an extraordinary life, a unique insight into a remarkable profession, and above all a powerful and reassuring testament to lives cut short.


Dr Shepherd has faced serial killers, natural disaster, ‘perfect murders’ and freak accidents, all in the pursuit of the truth.

And while he’s been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it’s often the less well-known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre.

In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity’s darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn’t flinch from counting the cost to him and his family.

The dead do not hide the truth and they never lie. Through me the dead can speak . . .


I haven’t read a Non-Fiction medical science book written by a professional before so I didn’t know what to expect. But this blew my mind in many ways. I am heavily ( maybe a little to much) into anything that is a crime, forensic, psychology and anatomy and what hides behind it all.

Although this was not completely based on just the facts of his career as a forensic pathologist, I still personally enjoyed looking into his personal and family life and how it affected him. And how Later on in his life, it began to affect his mental health and he was diagnosed with PTSD. He shared how it started, him getting help and also how writing this book has helped him towards recovery. ( I can sympathise with this as I use my reading and writing as a coping mechanism from my own battle with mental health and chronic pain).

I understand that we all mainly want to hear just the cold hard detailed facts and the ins and outs of just the forensics etc in his career but we forget about the humans who are carrying out these jobs.

He has a wonderful way with words and he wrote this book respectfully, truthfully with compassion and empathy for all those involved including changing some of the names etc.

He has worked/consulted on many many high profile cases including Princess Diana’s death, baby deaths, serial killers, murders etc. He also specialises in deaths using knives.

I have learnt so much from this book and also how pathology has changed over the decades. How much politics and money comes into it as well.

Final Thoughts

In closing I absolutely loved this book, it was a well written interesting book and I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in forensic pathology.



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