First Simon Vance does a good job with his narration, always does. I thought he did an excellent job with the voices, especially differentiating the..Show More » young doctor's Philadelphian accent from that of the English characters.
I rather wish that the author of the other review had given some examples of historical errors. I didn't catch anything glaring although I did have some questions. I gave some thought to the estate being passed by inheritance but I just assumed that someone earlier had barred the entail on the estate in question. The book felt more like Andrew Taylor's Anatomy of a Ghost (also available on Audible) than Anne Perry's mysteries. Anne Perry's books generally take some social justice issue and weaves the mystery around how the issue leads up to the crime or impedes the detection of the crime. This mystery is kept within the framework of 18th century thought and social mores with a bit of a forensic stretch now and then.
There are a couple of rather gruesome post mortem examinations so don't try to listen to this one when eating. If you want to follow up with some true 18th century crimes there are several editions of the Newgate Calendar available for free on line and a great web site called Voices of the Old Bailey.
Although it contains a love story it isn't a genre romance and doesn't follow romance conventions.
Recommended for those who enjoy historical mysteries.
I liked catching up with Thomas and his mentor, but this story was too sad. Way too many horrible things happened to really good people. I know that r..Show More »eally bad things happen to good people in real life all the time, but in a book that I read for pleasure, I want the people who are wronged to get a least a small amount of justice or compensation. There was absolutely none of that here.
Also the book ended with Thomas' personal life completely unresolved. I felt this book ended where it did just to manipulate me into reading the next book. This type of manipulation is a cheap trick, and totally unnecessary.
When a series is really good, each book stands alone. Think about series such as: Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks books, J.D. Robb's In-Death series, Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James books, Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series, and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Every book in each of these series stands alone, and I read the next book simply because the last one was good, and I got attached to the main characters.
After the first book in this series, I thought : Now here is the possibility for a really wonderful and unusual series. Now after reading the second book, I just feel emotionally jerked around.
I can't say enough good things about the Dr. Thomas Silkstone stories. I downloaded this one without even reading the synopsis. Last year, I read Ha..Show More »rris first book in this series and was blown away. I immediately downloaded the second one. Again, a great book. It's been about 6 months and I stumbled upon her latest book by accident (I wish Audible.com would implement a way that Members can be notified when favorite authors have a new release). "The Devil's Breath" is outstanding. Dr. Thomas Silkstone continues to be a well-developed character. We get a good understanding of the leading edge of what would eventually become good medical practices (not guess work, superstition, bleeding, and/or forms of witchcraft) and the advent of forensic medicine. Plus the deadly catastrophic event which kills many people during this era is a little known natural disaster that reared its ugly head again in THIS millennium! That is the true villain here. You will be shocked and frightened because it can happen again!
I can't wait for book #4 in this series, due out in June in print form. Get on it, Audible - don't make YOUR Members wait too long for the audiobook! Tessa Harris has devoted fans who are ready to buy the next Dr. Silkstone book as soon as it is released! I hope this will be a 20+ book series!
This series has been well researched, written and related in audio...however, Harris is sinking into melodrama as she seeks to keep the series going. ..Show More »I suggest she lets the relationship between the doctor and his lady love move forward or end. After four novels It is disappointing to have these two people once again find themselves in a torturous tangle. As I reader I feel like I am trapped in a Saturday afternoon matinee watching the screen fade to gray on a heroine tied to the railroad tracks. I don't think I can endure seven hours of "Bedlam"......the probable site of the next installment in this series
I have read all of the other Dr Silkstone novels , I got hooked on the first one and so kept reading. While the quality declined I kept on reading. ..Show More »The cliff hanger at the end of the fourth book was frustrating but little did I know what frustration was until this fifth book. I kept wondering why this doctor who is credited with being a brilliant practitioner kept doing stupid things. He blunders through three months of trying to get his lover released. From a mental hos