“CSI meets the Age of Reason with a well-drawn, intriguing cast of characters” (Karen Harper) in Tessa Harris’ superbly plotted historical mystery series, featuring eighteenth-century anatomist and pioneering sleuth Dr. Thomas Silkstone.
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 sweeping changes threaten to leave many villagers destitute. After a man dies in the woods, it appears that someone has turned to murder to avenge their cause. But for Thomas, a postmortem raises more questions than answers, and a second murder warns him of his potentially fatal situation. Soon he discovers a conspiracy far more sinister than anything he has ever faced.
“Deception, murder, and land wars thwart Dr. Thomas Silkstone’s latest attempt to find happiness with his beloved Lydia…One disaster relentlessly follows another for the lovelorn doctor from the Colonies.”
“While this is a series best consumed in order, enough backstory is included for a newcomer to pick up the plot easily. It benefits from the narration by Simon Vance, who reads with a number of voices and accents for a fully dramatic performance. Verdict: This audiobook includes plenty of historical detail, and both mystery readers and fans of historical fiction will find it of interest.”
Library Journal (audio review)
Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.