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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,020 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tessa Harris Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781470804558
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In the first in a stunning mystery series set in eighteenth-century England, Tessa Harris introduces Dr. Thomas Silkstone, anatomist and pioneering forensic detective.

The death of Lord 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, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse. But it is 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • CSI meets The Age of Reason…Well-drawn, intriguing cast of characters…Full of twists and turns…Vivid details…A page-turner!”

    Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author

  • “From dissection table to drawing room, this visit to late eighteenth-century England is chock-full of intriguing twists and turns.”

    Kate Emerson, author of The Pleasure Palace

  • “A deftly plotted debut…When you think the puzzle is solved, she reveals another surprising twist which leaves you marveling at her ingenuity.”

    Carol K. Carr, author of India Black

  • “Tessa Harris takes us on a fascinating journey into the shadowy world of anatomist Thomas Silkstone, a place where death holds no mystery and all things are revealed.”—

    Victoria Thompson, author of Murder on Sisters’ Row

  • Winner of the RT Award for Best First Mystery

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 2/17/2014

    " Harris is a good writer as the mystery plot develops nicely and keeps us entertained. Her presentation of the early medical/forensic side of the novel is well researched and very informative. But instead of sticking to just these two elements, she added romance which was utterly stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ceilidh Lerwick | 2/16/2014

    " All in all it was a good book. The title is a bit of a misnomer and the ending seems to drag on a bit (from the Reichenbach Falls moment where Silkstone chases his nemesis to the end), but in keeping with the period, all this makes sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 2/14/2014

    " A good twist of fate for the characters and historical insite into the workings of Anatomists in the early years. I enjoyed the read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dayle | 2/12/2014

    " I like the historical fiction too but this was too boiler plate....beautiful young girl, mean husband, dashing doctor/lawyer/whatever. Started strong but kind of limped to the end even though there was a twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/9/2014

    " This is an amazing novel. Who knew that pathology started before the American Revolution. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in this time period and this subject matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/30/2014

    " Loved it, intellectually stimulating. Definitely reading the next book in this new series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 1/16/2014

    " This was not a bad read. The concept was interesting about the very very early science of forensics. As an anatomist the doctor conducts experiences after performing post-mortems. Interesting regarding the science. However, the story moved very slowly until the last 20 pages or so. This is supposed to be the 1st in a series, not sure if I would continue. But, who knows, I might try the next one when it comes out. In many series the Author improves as the stories and characters develop over the course of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 1/8/2014

    " This was mediocre at best for a suspense/detective novel. The final solution was frankly quite unbelievable, and there were a lot of sections that were unduly flowery in description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russeller | 1/1/2014

    " A tad slow and not really what it purported to be. Add in a convoluted plot line ( more of a squiggle) and too much gory detail without adding character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eldra | 12/30/2013

    " The forensic details are very interesting and I love Victorian London as backdrop, but the plot is somewhat predictable. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheryl | 11/20/2013

    " Gave up on this after listening to about 25%. The narrator was very good so can't complain there. There were way too many minute details about autopsy, scientific testing, etc and the story was just slow. I think some people will really enjoy this book. Just not me. I was bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 11/18/2013

    " This book should get an award for the best-fitting metaphors. True to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 11/13/2013

    " Book on CD. This was a mystery with a science/foresnic twist. It was good, but didn't floor me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa B. | 9/25/2013

    " I thought this was good and would read more stories about Dr. Silkstone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie Keay | 8/20/2013

    " I liked this book but didn't feel like the characters were as developed as I would have liked... I wanted to know what happened but didn't really "feel" anything for the characters going through it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 6/23/2013

    " this was an e book ...i knew nothing about the series or author but it sounded interesting...and it was. good story..lots of twists and turns and i am moving on in the series now "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 3/14/2013

    " So terrible! Like a bad telenova or Scooby Doo episode set in 17th century England. The glossary at the end defining basic English words was the crowning glory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Montague | 2/12/2013

    " Wonderful! Twists and turns and can't believe the ending! I emailed this author and her next book in this series is not out until next January. Bummer! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Methot | 1/13/2013

    " soap opera-ish st times, easy to read. held my interest long enough t read it. thankfully it wasn't very long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 9/14/2012

    " This book was easily 3.5 stars. It has a very slow start with lots of twists and turns at the end. I would have liked to see the author describe her characters better as I never could imagine them in my mind. Would read another Dr. Silkstone Mystery if just for the old medical information/jargon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/31/2012

    " Interesting subject. I think the series will improve as the characters become more defined. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jewell | 5/19/2012

    " I listened to the audio version of this and the reader did an excellent job. I felt it was a good book for a debut - not perfect but a good beginning. I look forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Ramsey | 2/10/2012

    " It's really 3.5 stars for this book, which I quite enjoyed. It ran a little long at times and there were a few spots that triggered my editorial impulses, but all in all it was a good period piece and a nice little mystery. The audiobook was nicely performed by Simon Vance. "

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About the Author
Author Tessa Harris

Tessa Harris, an English author born in Lincolnshire, holds a history degree from Oxford University. After four years of working with local newspapers, she set her sights on women’s magazines. She is regularly heard on local BBC radio and over the years has interviewed such people as Margaret Thatcher, Jeffrey Archer, Anthony Hopkins, Susan Hampshire, Alan Titchmarsh, Jackie Stewart, Boris Johnson, and Uri Geller.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.