A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery
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In the first of a stunning new mystery series set in 18th-century England, debut author Tessa Harris introduces Dr. Thomas Silkstone, anatomist and pioneering forensic detective.
The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man—except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia.
Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, and his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Sir Edward’s corpse. Though it's not only the dead, but also the living, to whom he must apply the keen blade of his intellect. And the deeper the doctor’s investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies.
Loosely based on the career and achievements of a real-life physician, The Anatomist’s Apprentice is awash in dark period detail, fascinating characters and confounding plot twists—a brilliant mystery/thriller for those who loved The Alienist.
Hardcover Book : 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington Books ( December 27, 2011 )
Item #: 13-452230
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I first bought the book because it sounded like a good mystery.....but as I got into it it bothered me a bit.....and as I read it THEN I saw what the book was going to be like....but I kept reading it and by the end I wanted a second of her books, or a third.....
The parts were a little gory, but this Dr. Silkstone is a first about the eighteen-century England. Miss Harris brings us a fresh new mystery about an anatomist and pioneering forensic detective.....that using the clues of the body,uses these clues to find the real murderer and not someone who looks guilty, and can't prove he is innocent andthen he is hung.
So as much as I didn't like some of the gory parts, I found it worth reading and I loved it........smile.
Miss Tessa Harris I am waiting for the next book....and hopefully the line won't be to long. grin.
This book simply didn't hold my attention. It's not a series I'll be following. It started well but quickly got far fetched and the review that says it's a bodice ripper is absolutely correct. Not for me.
Reviewer: Nancy B
Such a good beginning that was pulling me in with some interestng details. I really thought I was in for a good read. Something made me do a little snooping and I am glad I did otherwise I would be fuming at the time spent reading the book which sadly turned into an overwrought melodrama and yes, bodice ripper. Wilkie Collins meets Mills and Boone.... I will not be continuing with this series if there is one.
Could be more interesting than it is. The author is trying too hard to sound colloquial 18th century, and ends up sounding like a campy bodice-ripper romance novel. I keep wanting to run to the computer to see if some of her words are actually real English words. PD James she ain't....not yet.
Reviewer: Sara C
I liked this book-it had mystery and I liked the details referring to the anatomist's profession. I don't know if some of the details will be acceptable to all, but, generally, I didn't think it was that gorey, just informative. The ending may have been a little trite and certainly enough people died for the happy ending to work. I will be interested in reading the next book in this series.