The Anatomy of Death

The Anatomy of Death

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After a heated women's rights rally turns violent, an innocent suffragette is found murdered. When she examines the body, Dody McCleland is shocked to realize that the victim was a friend of her sister--fueling her determination to uncover the cause of the protestor's suspicious death. For Dody, gathering clues from a body is often easier than handling the living--especially Chief Detective Inspector Pike. Pike is looking to get to the bottom of this case but has a hard time trusting anyone--including Dody. Determined to earn Pike's trust and to find the killer, Dody will have to sort through real and imagined secrets. But if she's not careful, she may end up on her own examination table.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2012
Description: 307 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780425247297
Branch Call Number: Youn

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Jun 27, 2012

I love books that feature a heroine with an unusual profession for her times. In this mystery, Dr. Dorothy (Dody) McCleland becomes England's first autopsy surgeon in 1910. When a suffragette march goes wrong, Dr. McCleland finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Police corruption and terrorist activities complicate the search for the killer of a prominent women's rights marcher. This was an excellent mystery. The characters were interesting and well-developed. I especially liked the way the author portrayed the male lead in the story. Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Pike is not a cookie-cutter hero, but is depicted as a real person with subtle characterization. Well done!

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