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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
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The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone, #1)

The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone, #1)The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fascinating story.  It is the beginning of a series about Dr. Thomas Silkstone who was a pioneer in forensic medicine.  The story takes place in Victorian times and it involves a man who seemed to have been poisoned by strychnine mixed in a tonic he took daily.  At the time, there weren't tests to analyze different components in a mixture.  There also wasn't a catalog of different substances and their effects on the different parts of the body.

The story was about a young Earl, Lord Edward Crick, who was an dissolute young man of 21 who had contracted syphilis when he was 14.  He was given a tonic by a local doctor and he died with symptoms that resembled strychnine, however there didn't seem to be any strychnine in the tonic.

A young Anatomist, Dr. Silkstone from Philadelphia is called on by the dead man's sister, partially because the prime suspect is her husband.  Through a lot of twists and turns and several more murders, he is finally able to find out who the real killer was.

I listened to this audiobook on a trip from Florida to Virginia and it  was the perfect length and kept me engaged for the whole trip.  It is the beginning of a series and it looks to me like it is going to be a good one.

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