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

by Tessa Harris | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0758266987 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/1/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, February 01, 2013
I first read this book via an audiobook version from, drawn to it because it was narrated by the marvelous Simon Vance. I got this fair-condition trade paperback from Better World Books. [I've also read the second book in the series, The Dead Shall Not Rest.]

The book is centered on young Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young American who's been living in England to study under the aging but brilliant Dr. Carruthers. (The prologue of the book pretty much names Silkstone as the world's first forensic scientist, and as I've read quite a bit about the history of forensics I got a little impatient at having so many different discoveries attributed to him! Still, it makes a neat premise for the books.)

The core of the story is the mysterious death of the not-very-nice Sir Edward Crick, whose sister winds up consulting Thomas about investigating the cause of his death - after her husband is accused of murdering him. (Since it's been some time since the murder by the time Silkstone sees the body, there are some nicely gruesome descriptions of the horribly decomposed corpse, not to mention the question of how much data can be gathered from a body in that condition.)

Silkstone faces class prejudice, the public's fear and anger over anatomists in general, and a more dangerous threat - once he gets into the investigation it seems that someone's desperate to stop him. Oh, and then there's his immediate attraction to young Lydia Farrell, whose husband he's trying to save...

Some nice twists and turns to the mystery, lots and lots of gritty period detail, and some interesting characters - a respectable start to a series.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (10/12/2013 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm adding this to the Medicine Chest IV bookbox, which I'll be moving along soon. (See the forum thread here for the mailing order, and the bookbox journal for the lists of books taken and added.) Hope someone enjoys the book!

Journal Entry 3 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Monday, October 21, 2013
Taking from Medicine Chest IV Bookbox. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 4 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
I found some of the situations rather contrived, and wondered about the authenticity of the period - in some cases it sounded more like 19th century than 18th, but I'm far from being an expert!

In spite of these flaws, I couldn't put it down!

Dr. Silkstone was a sympathetic character, as was Lady Farrell. The unpleasant characters were unpleasant to an extreme. A real page-turner!

Some parts were, indeed, gruesome, and I'd never given much thought to how anatomists obtained bodies for study. Today you just fill out a form if you want someone to take you apart after you pass away, unless, of course, there's foul play suspected. But I digress.

I'll definitely look for the next book in the series, entitled The Dead shall Not Rest. It will be interesting to follow Dr. Silkstone's career.

Journal Entry 5 by wingeponine38wing at Little Free Library, 111 Arlington St. in Medford, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (12/31/2014 UTC) at Little Free Library, 111 Arlington St. in Medford, Massachusetts USA


Left in the Little Free Library at about 1:00. Hope someone will enjoy it!

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