• Posted on: 1 February 2008
  • By: mysterylovescompany

It is a really rainy day and you need a book to read. Well I am here to help with two historical mysteries.

First there's ANATOMY OF DECEPTION by Lawrence Goldstone ($24.00) A corpse of a young woman baffles the doctors and interns in a morgue of a Philadelphia hospital. One intern believes that he knows the woman’s identity and that many of the others knew her too, but realizes her death could ruin their reputations. So begins a wonderfully engaging, suspenseful medical mystery set at the beginnings of the modern age of medicine. Its main characters are well-known to students of medicine and art in Philadelphia and Baltimore including famed surgeon Dr.William Osler, co-founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital William Stewart Halsted, and artist Thomas Eakins. Goldstone has created a mystery as compelling as THE ALIENIST. It will be interesting to see the reaction to this book in Baltimore. The book was painstakingly researched and Goldstone made use of Dr. Osler’s works and papers. Highly Recommended.

Coming February 26, 2008 is A FLAW IN THE BLOOD ($24.00) by Stephanie Barron. This one I have been waiting to tell you about since I read a review copy ages ago. A man and a female doctor are hounded by the security forces of Queen Victoria in the suspenseful historical mystery with a real shocker of an ending. Barron (aka Francine Matthews) is the author of the best-selling mysteries featurng Jane Austen as the sleuth. Her research on this one is fascinating and will send you to books or the computer to see how much is "real" and how much is "embellished." Since there are hundreds of books on Victoria and her Consort it is not difficult to track some down, but the details in Barron's book have been, shall we say, "hidden in plain view." The main characters are very well-drawn and engaging, and I'd like to see a sequel, if the characters dare show their faces in England. You've noticed I didn't want to give too much away. Discover the fun for yourself. A delight from start to finish.

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