The Devil's Breath (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Series #3)

The Devil's Breath (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Series #3)

by Tessa Harris
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The Devil's Breath (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Series #3) by Tessa Harris

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758267009
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Dr. Thomas Silkstone Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 355,266
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tessa Harris, an English author born in Lincolnshire, holds a history degree from Oxford University. After four years of working with local newspapers, she set her sights on women s magazines. She is regularly heard on local BBC radio and over the years has interviewed such people as Margaret Thatcher, Jeffrey Archer, Anthony Hopkins, Susan Hampshire, Alan Titchmarsh, Jackie Stewart, Boris Johnson, and Uri Geller. She lives in Berkshire with her husband and their two children.

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The Devil's Breath 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I reall enjoy the Dr Silkstone novels.  This one flowed really well.  I had a very hard time putting it down.  I had never heard of the great fog in England and this made this very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This might be my favorite in the series. Well written and intriguing. Great mystery but loved the fog and its history being intermingled into the story. Well written amd very enjoyable story!
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
Dr. Thomas Silkstone is a late 18th-century anatomist with a knack for solving mysteries.  When a deadly fog envelopes the countryside and several deadly murders are committed, he has to figure out who or what is responsible before it's too late for them all.  As if that's not enough, he's also on the trail of Lady Lydia Farrell's missing son.  Unbeknownst to them all, Richard is being used as a pawn the battle to control Lydia's estates. This was a clean, relatively quick read that held my attention throughout.  I figured out the culprit early than Dr. Silkstone, so the end wasn't terribly shocking.  I didn't realize this book was the 3rd in a series until I started reading it, but I felt the author did a nice job filling in the information from the previous volumes where necessary.  I liked it well enough to put those previous books in the series on my reading list.
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Truly the Breath of the Devil Oxfordshire, England 1783 Tessa Harris returns once again to bring us the third installment in her Dr. Thomas Silverstone mystery series! Tessa brings forward a mysterious incident from the past to enlighten her readers along with suspense surrounding an unknown suspect (or suspects as it may be) responsible for four murders that draws her Dr. Silverstone to the forefront in gathering clues to not only solve the murders but also provide an answer to the strange phenomena which surrounds their small town of Oxfordshire with only his wits and the resources surrounding him in 1783 England. Thomas Silkstone a doctor in his own right, trained in America, although living in England these past nine years as apprentice to the renowned and highly respected anatomist Dr. Carruthers (who to Thomas’ great fortune had come to be not only his mentor but a very dear friend) was still looked upon as that “upstart doctor from the colonies” by all the locals. Considering that the events of late have also branded him with a reputation of using science to also solve murder cases that he unwittingly found himself embroiled in, to his credit not only performing post-mortems, but also searching out the clues as to the guilty party. Thomas, in preparing to leave London to visit the love of his life, the recently widowed Lady Lydia Farrell felt uneasiness come upon him that he could not explain. Thomas would not be deterred however, because he had made a promise and nothing would keep him from it. How soon he would find upon arriving at Boughton Hall the country estate of Lady Farrell, nestled in the small village of Oxfordshire that the events there would test all his training. While searching for clues to the missing child he has sworn to find, although feeling thwarted at every turn it is the sudden arrival of a mysterious acrid fog causing death and destruction to anything in its path; whether it be man, beast or vegetation; thick enough to block the light of day had settled in for a long stay. As Thomas attempts to try and alleviate the suffering and come up with an explanation the small shire also falls victim to two murders which once again becomes a call to action for the young anatomist to find the truth. A returning cast of endearing characters make this an outstanding series to follow! Readers can’t help but be compelled to find out how the good Doctor will solve the cases at hand!