The Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tessa Harris

The Anatomist’s Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries), by Tessa Harris.  The protagonist, Dr. Silkstone, is portrayed as the first physician to use forensic pathology to solve crimes in this 1781 historical mystery. Coincidentally, I also read another HM with the same premise, “Devoured,” by D.E. Meredith, set in 1856 London. If these sound interesting to you, I definitely preferred the latter as it had less graphic medical descriptions and more well-defined supporting characters.

Follow up: I have recently finished Harris’ second installment in the Silkstone series, The Dead Shall Not Rest and Meredith’s second installment in the Hatton and Roumande series, The Devil’s Ribbon.  Harris cuts down on some of the medical descriptions and puts together an improved plot, but the secondary characters are still not too memorable.  Meredith continues her successful work, but without making any great strides forward.  Both are workmanlike efforts that do capture the atmosphere well, but neither rise to the very top of the HM sub-genre.

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