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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