The Devil's Breath

The Devil's Breath

A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery

Book - 2014
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Eighteenth-century anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone travels to the English countryside to unravel a tangled web of mystery, medicine, and murder--in this captivating new novel from Tessa Harris. . .



A man staggers out of his cottage into the streets of Oxfordshire, shattering an otherwise peaceful evening with the terrible sight of his body shaking and heaving, eyes wild with horror. Many of the villagers believe the Devil himself has entered Joseph Makepeace, the latest victim of a "great fog" that darkens the skies over England like a Biblical plague. When Joseph's son and daughter are found murdered--heads bashed in by a shovel--the town's worst suspicions are confirmed: Evil is abroad, and needs to be banished.



A brilliant man of science, Dr. Thomas Silkstone is not one to heed superstition. But when he arrives at the estate of the lovely widow Lady Lydia Farrell, he finds that it's not just her grain and livestock at risk. A shroud of mystery surrounds Lydia's lost child, who may still be alive in a workhouse. A natural disaster fills the skies with smoke and ash, clogging the lungs of all who breathe it in. And the grisly details of a father's crime compels Dr. Silkstone to look for answers beyond his medical books--between the Devil and the deep blue sea. . .



Praise for The Dead Shall Not Rest



"Outstanding. . .well-rounded characters, cleverly concealed evidence and an assured prose style point to a long run for this historical series." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)



"Populated with real historical characters and admirably researched, Harris's novel features a complex and engrossing plot. A touch of romance makes this sophomore outing even more enticing. Savvy readers will also recall Hilary Mantel's The Giant, O'Brien ." -- Library Journal



Praise for The Anatomist's Apprentice



"Densely plotted. . . We await--indeed, demand--the sequel." -- The New York Times Book Review



"An absorbing debut. . . Harris has more than a few tricks up her sleeve and even veteran armchair puzzle solvers are likely to be surprised." -- Publishers Weekly



"Smart misdirection and time-period appropriate medical details make for a promising start to a new series. A strong choice for readers of Ariana Franklin and Caleb Carr." -- Library Journal
Publisher: New York : Kensington, 2014
ISBN: 9780758267009
0758267002
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Harris, Tessa
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 21 cm

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Mar 07, 2014

The author has a great talent for getting the reader "involved". From the very first page you are thrown into 16th century England during a time of a sinister dark fog. I could almost feel myself getting breathless for lack of clean air. How are they ever going to get out of this?
Dr. Thomas Silkstone is the main character and very endearing......he keeps a pet rat in his lab. Things we can all relate to.
This was an intriguing read and a great who-done-it.

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