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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 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 2012 ISBN: 9781470826123
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The brilliant anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone returns in the second installment of Tessa Harris’ vivid and compelling mystery series set in 1780s London.

It is not just the living who are prey to London’s criminals and cutpurses. Corpses, too, are fair game—dug up from fresh graves and sold to unscrupulous men of science. Dr. Thomas Silkstone abhors such methods, but his leading rival, Dr. John Hunter, has learned of the imminent death of eight-foot-tall Charles Byrne—known as the “Irish Giant”—and will go to any lengths to obtain the body for his research.

Thomas intends to see that Byrne is allowed to rest in peace, but his efforts are complicated when his betrothed, Lady Lydia Farrell, breaks off their engagement without explanation. When Dr. Hunter is implicated in the horrific murder of a young castrato, Thomas must determine how far the increasingly erratic surgeon will go in the name of knowledge. For as Thomas knows too well, the blackest hearts sometimes go undetected—and even an unblemished façade can hide terrifying secrets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Outstanding…Well-rounded characters, cleverly concealed evidence, and an assured prose style point to a long run for this historical series.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Populated with real historical characters and admirably researched, Harris’ novel features a complex and engrossing plot…A touch of romance makes this sophomore outing (after The Anatomist’s Apprentice) even more enticing.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Hadley | 2/3/2014

    " Not as good as the first. But still worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/25/2014

    " I have really enjoyed the first two entries into this series. Wonder if there will be a 3rd? Set in England at the time of the American Revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 1/21/2014

    " Number 2 in the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series. Historical fiction based upon real people. The year is 1782. Thomas Silkstone is an American practicing medicine in London. He is also an anatomist which makes him a leading forensic specialist. This story centers around Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant. After reading the book I looked up some of the people in the story. They are not all as depicted but I guess we're way beyond the statute of limitations when the relatives could have complained about the author's artistic license. For the most part it was a good story with a couple of hokey parts to tie up the loose ends. Audio narrated by Simon Vance. "

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

    " I struggled getting through this book because I thought the plot line was really stupid and gross. Then I found out it was based upon real people and relieve events. I guess you just can't make this stuff up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Winfield | 1/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fun to read about what doctors were like in the late 1700s. Awful to see what they did to get bodies to autopsy.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jewell | 1/9/2014

    " This installment of the series continues some of the story lines while bringing us a new mystery. I thought the mystery was kind of weak but did enjoy the "ride". I will continure to watch this author develop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 1/7/2014

    " Started listening to the book and gave up after a while. The book till the part I have read is not connecting with me and do t really see a mystery in it. Maybe will come back to it at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/4/2013

    " Much better than the first book. Harris manages to juggle a plot with a giant, a dwarf, 2 castrati, grave robbers, and a bunch of scheming surgeons without turning the book into a freak show. Will keep reading the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 12/3/2013

    " I liked this book as well as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/2/2013

    " This had some parts that made me nauseous to read, but really like the main character and hope to see the series continue! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/10/2013

    " Tress Harris has brought back Dr Thomas Silkstone in a book that is filled with giants "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 11/7/2013

    " Love the setting - an American doctor in England at the time of the American Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paddy O'callaghan | 9/26/2013

    " This is definitely the best historical fiction I've ever read. I'd even say that Harris' work was better that Julian Rathbone's and that, for me anyway, is really saying something. Right then, I'm off to Google Tessa Harris so that I can track down the rest of her work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Aley | 9/5/2013

    " I liked the first one better, but liked that this story was rooted in a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceilidh Lerwick | 8/23/2013

    " I found the subplot involving Lady Lidia melodramatic, her character a bit schizoid, and the whole thing completely pointless to the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 8/3/2013

    " I really wanted to like this series, but I just couldn't get into it. I thought that it was well researched for the time period, and the subject seemed interesting, but the plot fell short. Some of the plot developments just seemed ridiculous and silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Jund | 5/15/2013

    " Tessa does it again!! Book two of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series is here!! And it is great! Based on a true historical happening!! Pick it up now!! kj :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Drummond-mcewan | 2/11/2013

    " Does not disappoint! Anxiously waiting for more adventures of "Dr. Thomas Silkstone" "

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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.