The Anatomy of Death (Dody McCleland Series #1)

The Anatomy of Death (Dody McCleland Series #1)

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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

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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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fans of Maureen Jennings’s Murdoch novels will welcome Australian author Young’s promising debut, inspired by an actual riot in 1910 London. When the police brutally break up a suffragette rally, Lady Catherine Cartwright ends up dead amid the chaos. Her allies are convinced it was murder, while the authorities are eager to pass it off as an accident. That places Dr. Dody McCleland, just back from training in Scotland to serve as an assistant to the legendary Dr. Bernard Spilsbury, between a rock and a hard place. While her personal connection with the victim precludes conducting the autopsy herself, she isn’t satisfied by its conclusion. Dody’s quest for the truth leads her to an unlikely ally, Det. Chief Insp. Matthew Pike, who lost his wife to a Fenian bombing. While Young telegraphs some of the plot’s non-whodunit aspects, she delivers a truly surprising reveal of the murderer’s identity. Agent: Lisa Grubka, Foundry Literary + Media. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101580752
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Dody McCleland Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
316,253
File size:
377 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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The Anatomy of Death 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters and the time period .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago