In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms.Read more...
In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms. But he is unprepared for the state in which he finds Lady Lydia Farrell. Shocked into action, Thomas vows to help free Lydia by appealing to the custodian of her affairs, Mr. Nicholas Lupton. But when Silkstone arrives at the Boughton Estate to speak to Lupton, he finds that another form of madness has taken over the village. . .
Sweeping changes to the Boughton Estate threaten to leave many villagers, who are rightfully angry, destitute. After a single shot rings out and a man dies in the woods, it appears that the desperate villagers have turned to murder to avenge their cause. But for Thomas, a post-mortem on the victim raises more questions than answers. Although he manages to save an innocent man from the gallows, a second murder warns him of his potentially fatal situation. Soon he discovers a conspiracy far more sinister than anything he has ever faced. But who it leads to is the last person he suspects. . .
Outstanding praise for Tessa Harris and her Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries
The Devil's Breath
"Excellent. . .Both literally and figuratively atmospheric, this will appeal to fans of Imogen Robertson's series during the same period." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"Stunning. . .perfect book club fodder." --"Library Journal"
"A fascinating series. . .Harris is at her vivid best describing in precise, fearsome detail the 'Great Fogg'." --"The New York Times Book Review"
The Dead Shall Not Rest
"Highly recommended." --"Historical Novel Reviews"
"Outstanding. . .well-rounded characters, cleverly concealed evidence and an assured prose style point to a long run for this historical series." --"Publishers Weekly " (starred review)
"Populated with real historical characters and admirably researched, Harris's novel features a complex and engrossing plot. A touch of romance makes this sophomore outing even more enticing. Savvy readers will also recall Hilary Mantel's The Giant, O'Brien." --"Library Journal"
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"
- ISBN-13: 9780758293398
- ISBN-10: 0758293399
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: January 2015
- Page Count: 368
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
Series: Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-08
- Reviewer: Staff
More romantic thriller than whodunit, Harris’s fifth Thomas Silkstone novel set in late 18th-century England focuses on Silkstone’s efforts to reunite with his love, Lady Lydia Farrell. At the end of 2014’s The Lazarus Curse, Lydia was confined to London’s Bethlem Hospital through the machinations of her late brother’s guardian, Sir Montagu Malthus, and a crooked physician. Almost two months later, Silkstone is still unable to see her on his visits to the facility, and is later barred from the premises. By portraying Malthus as a clichéd villain, without any nuance or depth, Harris renders the confrontations between him and Silkstone superficial and unengaging. While Silkstone has the fatal shooting of surveyor Jeffrey Turgoose to solve, the relegation of the mystery to the background and an unsatisfying ending serve to make this the weakest entry in an otherwise strong series. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, Knight Agency. (Feb.)