The Dead Shall Not Rest (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery)
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The brilliant anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone returns in Tessa Harris's 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. Yet his efforts are complicated by concern for his betrothed, Lady Lydia Farrell, who 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. . .
Praise for The Anatomist's Apprentice
"Densely plotted. . . We await--indeed, demand--the sequel." --The New York Times Book Review
"An absorbing debut. . . Harris has more than a few tricks up her sleeve and even veteran armchair puzzle solvers are likely to be surprised." --Publishers Weekly
"Smart misdirection and time-period appropriate medical details make for a promising start to a new series. A strong choice for readers of Ariana Franklin and Caleb Carr." --Library Journal
"CSI meets the Age of Reason with a well-drawn, intriguing cast of characters, headed by the brilliant Dr. Thomas Silkstone. Full of twists and turns, Tessa Harris's debut mystery can confound the most adept reader. Vivid details pulled me right into the world of early forensic sleuthing. A page turner!" --Karen Harper
"Intricate forensic details and a host of intriguing characters drive the story. The author will have you flipping the pages at each unexpected turn in the plot. . .an absorbing read with a shocking twist at the end." --Historical Novel Reviews
"Tessa Harris has delivered a deftly plotted debut. Just when you think the puzzle is solved, she reveals yet another surprising twist which leaves you marveling at her ingenuity." --Carol Carr, author of India Black and The Widow of Windsor
A READING GROUP GUIDE
1. What are the parallels between the powerful physicians in the novel and the multinational drug companies of today?
2. How does Thomas develop as a character in this, the second book in the series?
3. Does the course of the War of Independence affect any attitudes toward Thomas in this book?
4. Anatomists in the eighteenth century found corpses so hard to come by that they were forced to turn to grave robbers for a regular supply. Nowadays, more people donate their bodies to science. Would you?
5. Should organ donation be made compulsory?
6. Freak shows have long been considered an affront to human dignity, but in an age with little social welfare, what was the alternative for the severely disabled?
7. Charles Byrne and Count Boruwlaski both have major disabilities but are treated in very different ways. Why is this so, and how would they be treated today?
8. How far do revelations about Lydia's past go to explain her submissive character?
9. Was John Hunter a medical visionary or an evil obsessive?
10. Charles Byrne's skeleton remains on display in the Hunterian Museum in London to this day. Should he be given a proper burial?
him.” It was true that all the newssheets had proclaimed that a vocal genius was in their midst. Thomas was privately forced to concede that such a motive might have been possible, but certainly not probable. “And now, gentlemen, if you’ll excuse me,” said the coroner, pointedly reaching for a heavy tome from a pile in front of him, “I have work to do, as I believe so have you, Dr. Silkstone.” A cloud of dust billowed up from the desk. “You will have my report first thing tomorrow morning,
your man, sir,” she assured her master. With a lantern held aloft, John Hunter led Charles Byrne outside to the entrance of his underground laboratory. Down five stone steps they went until they came to a door, which Hunter opened with a large key that hung from a belt around his waist. Once inside, there was a wall-mounted sconce, which the doctor lit so that Charles could see the room beyond more clearly. It was large and high-ceilinged and contained all manner of strange contraptions: long
acknowledgment. “Then we shall have to continue our conversation at a later date, Dr. Silkstone,” he replied acerbically. Thomas nodded, even though he dared not think about the future. Chapter 34 To the morbidly fascinated and the sexually adventurous who sat in the public gallery of the Old Bailey that day, Signor Leonardo Moreno, the famous foreign castrato, was so much more than a curiosity. True, they had paid their half crowns to see midgets and giants and brothers joined at the hips and
room, taking a well-earned nap, but on hearing the cries she rushed to Lydia’s side. She found her patient in an agitated state, her head rolling from side to side on her pillow, her face set in a frown, and her thin voice calling out through parched lips. Dipping a sponge in water, the nurse let droplets fall onto her mouth. Lydia licked her lips. “More,” she croaked. “We need to call for Dr. Fairweather, sir,” Nurse Pring told Sir Theodisius, who duly obeyed the implicit order. In the
himself. They would not cause trouble. They would be good for his business. He was just about to go downstairs and welcome them himself—Marie was prone to Gallic surliness and could not be trusted—when he saw the face of one of them and recognized it. It was that doctor from the Colonies who asked so many questions about the murder. And the other gentleman with him; he had seen him before, too, but he could not quite place him. Perhaps he had seen him in the bar, talking to Marie. Oh, but he