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The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries) (edição: 2012)

de Tessa Harris

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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, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir 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.… (mais)
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Título:The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries)
Autores:Tessa Harris
Informação:Kensington Books (2012), Edition: Uncorrected Proof, Paperback, 304 pages
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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. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
Sir Edward Crick dies suddenly. He was a young man, given to pleasures of the flesh and not to doing much work. His sister is among the few who miss him, and she seeks out Dr. Thomas Silkstone, an anatomist, to examine the body.

As this takes place in the 1700s, post mortems were not as commonly done because of the rapid deterioration of the body in these pre-refrigeration times. When Silkstone arrives to look at this body, it is badly decomposed. Nevertheless, he is able to remove certain organs and take some tissue samples.

He does not initially find a cause of death. The official version is that it was natural causes. He got sick and died. But certain symptoms, as described by his sister, suggest the death may not have been natural. Especially when it comes to light that his death leaves a large estate to his sister's husband, who has little of his own.

From reading the author's notes I was under the impression that the inquest would turn on the evidence discovered by Silkstone. But Silkstone follows one lead after another, studying this body part or that chemistry, and it takes him weeks to perform a minimal autopsy. I wondered if this was usual - to take so long? Or is this part of what makes Silkstone an outlier? Either way, I found it irritating that he would think about one thing and go back to his lab and then find out another thing and go back to his lab...the story didn't exactly flow.

At the heart of it all there really is a mystery, which is revealed at the end. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
3.5 stars ( )
  natcontrary | Jun 22, 2020 |
this review is for the audiobook edition, narrated by simon vance.

straight-up, i could not give you a detailed recollection of this story because my mind - as so many others are also experiencing right now - cannot focus on anything, let alone retain details. so...

simon vance is a fantastic narrator. his voice is calm, and soothing. it was comforting having him in my ears, serving, somewhat*, as a good distraction. i did absorb the major points of the plot, but not really the minutiae. overall, an interesting idea. some of the writing jumped out at me as being not-so-good, but this was generally around sex scenes, or scenes of intimacy. there wasn't a lot of that in the story, but when it appeared, it was awkward and clunky. there did seem to be a bit of a twist at the end, but even with my not-even-half-assed attention skills, it wasn't surprising or particularly twisty. i feel like the historical accuracy (with the medical side of things) was done reasonably well, and was an engaging way to approach the very early days of forensics.

so, overall: 5-stars for vance's narration... 2-2½- stars for the story/writing.

i feel like 2020 is going to be one long year of apologies to authors. it's really not you, it's definitely me.

🤣

* somewhat: i have found nothing that works effectively as a distraction right now. ( )
  JooniperD | Apr 13, 2020 |
This was an interesting book. It did seem to drag on but it was eventful and I feel I learned a lot about early CSI... or whatever... ( )
  StarKnits | Feb 6, 2019 |
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...the author seems not to know when she’s onto a good thing, and proceeds to gum up the fascinating details of early forensics with a sticky romance and Grand ­Guignol contrivances. Nonetheless, we await — indeed, demand — the sequel.

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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, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir 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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