Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Anatomist's Wife

The Anatomist's Wife
By Anna Lee Huber
Berkley Prime Crime, 2012. 347 pages. Mystery.

After her deceased husband's medical colleagues discover that she was forced by her husband to attend and document hundreds of autopsies and human dissections for his treatise on anatomy, Lady Darby finds herself ostracized by society and threatened with prison or an insane asylum by the authorities, who consider her participation in the procedures criminal. But when she takes refuge at her sister's remote Scottish estate after being cleared of all criminal charges, Lady Darby is once again confronted with corpses when a guest is heinously murdered in the garden. Using her new-found knowledge of the human body, Lady Darby is asked to assist the handsome and rakish Sebastian Gage, private investigator, to find the killer.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and ended up reading it in just a few days, I was so eager to see how it ended. The plot moves quickly and the characters are very well written and have interesting depths to explore. It also shows a lot of the societal biases present in English society right after the Napoleanic wars, which adds fascinating historical touches to the mystery plot. Very enjoyable!


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