Within the mysteries of the body, especially those who have been murdered, 18th-century anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone specializes in uncovering the tell-tale clues that lead towards justice…
Newly released from the notorious asylum known as Bedlam, Lady Lydia Farrell finds herself in an equally terrifying position–as a murder suspect–when she stumbles upon the mutilated body of Sir Montagu Malthus in his study at Boughton Hall.
Meanwhile Dr. Thomas Silkstone has been injured in a duel with a man who may or may not have committed the grisly deed of which Lydia is accused. Despite his injury, Thomas hopes to clear his beloved’s good name by conducting a postmortem on the victim. With a bit of detective work, he learns that Montagu’s throat was slit by no ordinary blade, but a ceremonial Sikh dagger from India–a clue that may be connected to the fabled lost mines of Golconda.
From the mysterious disappearance of a cursed diamond buried with Lydia’s dead husband, to the undying legend of a hidden treasure map, Thomas must follow a trail of foreign dignitaries, royal agents–and even more victims–to unveil the sinister and shocking secrets in the stones…
This book is amazing and I loved every page. It will grab my attention from the beginning and hold it through to the end and leave me begging for more. The plot is very intriguing, well-developed, full of suspense. The protagonist Dr Thomas Silkstone is an anatomist, he makes autopsies and investigates to solve murder cases. This time the case is very complicated, many as four murders are committed. Everything seems to be connected to a map and a diamond. I read and thoroughly enjoyed it as a standalone book, even though it is actually part of the "Dr Thomas Silkstone Mystery" series. This was my first book to read in this series and wow... I will be going back to catch up and read the rest. It 's a historical mystery really charming, interesting, with so many cases to solve. It's really very well written and I also love the use of archaic terms, it was fun to discover their meaning. If you love historical mystery is one to add to your list
Copyright Maureen McLean 2011
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Since leaving Oxford University with a History degree, Tessa Harris has been a journalist and editor, contributing to many national publications such as The Times and The Telegraph. She has also acted as a literary publicist for several well-known authors. Readers can visit her website at tessaharrisauthor.com.