The Anatomist's Apprentice

The Anatomist's Apprentice

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The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man- except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir Edward's corpse. But it is not only the dead, but also the living, to whom he must apply the keen blade of his intellect. And the deeper the doctor's investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies.
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780758266989
0758266987
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,21 cm.

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PimaLib_ChristineR Oct 27, 2019

The Anatomist's Apprentice is a good old whodunit in the style of Agatha Christie. Thomas Silkstone is an anatomist, a lecturer, and an American studying in England during the US Revolutionary War. He is asked to perform an autopsy on the rather past-its-prime corpse of Sir Edward Crick, a young nobleman who was less than noble in life, and it is suspected, the victim of foul-play.

The mystery itself is interesting and Harris provides plenty of twists and turns, but I found on the whole the book was merely average. Harris' background in journalism shines through in its lack of depth of character. This was especially jarring in the romance, but even broke up a courtroom scene, where suddenly we are told that the attorney is getting irritated with the witness, although he has done absolutely nothing to convey this emotion.

Finally, Harris partakes in the Christie move of revealing a clue right before the reveal. Honestly, the last clue falls into place on page 275 of a 300 page novel, and there isn't much the reader can do to guess about it beforehand.

On a positive note, even that final reveal wasn't the REAL final reveal. Harris leaves us with a bit of a shocker that I loved. I do think I'll continue with this series simply because the plot was fun and well-paced even if the characters were weak. I hope Harris will improve her writing with the next installment.

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poetdeluxe
Jul 18, 2019

This one was slow start for me. I had to force myself to continue. Eventually, it caught flame, but really, it was never outright intriguing in terms of the mystery. I found the details of the late 18th century setting more interesting.

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LT
Jan 04, 2015

Although the author is a little too fond of red herrings, she writes well and displays her historical and scientific knowledge in a way that's both subtle and interesting.

mrsgail5756 Jun 21, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

genre_gal7 Apr 23, 2013

Very good with historical details and a nice twisty plot.

stellaau Jan 14, 2013

Very interesting plot. Just when you think you know "who'd done it"; new clues/facts proves otherwise. The ending is surprising.

I couldn't put the book down since I want to find out who did it!

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steinhia
Jun 03, 2012

Chose this title because it seemed like another I had enjoyed in the past called "The Alienist." It wasn't. A simple and quick read from what appears to be a new author with (perhaps) promise for future offerings.

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fictionrules
Apr 11, 2012

A chillling, gothic tale about the death of a young english lord. Who killed him? Was it his jealous and malevolent brother in law who stands to gain much from the unfortunates demise? An anatomist-protagonist named Dr. Thomas risks his reputation and perhaps his own well being to find the answers and assist the grieving sister of Lord Crick. This being the first in a series of mysteries involving the good doctor. Looking forward to following his risky and gruesome career!

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