The Anatomy of Death (Dody McCleland Series #1)by Felicity Young
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At the turn of the twentieth century, London’s political climate is in turmoil, as women fight for the right to vote. Dody McCleland has her own battles to fight. As England’s first female autopsy surgeon, not only must she prove herself, she must prove that murder treats everyone equally…
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…
Meet the Author
Felicity Young has published several books in the United Kingdom and Australia. She lives on a small farm near Perth where she established a Suffolk sheep stud, reared orphan kangaroos and embarks upon a life of crime writing.
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I love the characters and the time period .
This is the first in a new series of mystery novels set in the early 1900's. The main character, Dody McCleland, after studying for a medical career, out of necessity, ends up in what at the times was considered a most unseemly profession, especially for a woman - an autopsy surgeon. (Being a female, she was cut off from more gentile medical occupations.) Dody's younger sister is very much involved in the suffragette movement. Swirling throughout the novel is a debate among the suffragettes about how much to try to effect change through peaceful means versus engaging in violence. While Dody herself is in favor of trying to effect slow, gradual evolutionary change, those of a different persuasion are discouraged by the failure to win any concessions from the British government and the physical harassments (often brutal) that suffragettes are forced to endure. In the course of carrying out her profession, Dody comes under suspicion and fire from both her sister and other suffragettes for having formed a bond with the enemy - a Scotland Yard police investigator. The novel is totally steeped in history from the period. Well worth reading for its educational value.