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.
As soon as I finished Book 1, I downloaded Book 2. Dr. Silkstone continues to pioneer GOOD forensic anatomy. Plus, here he's surrounded by real medi..Show More »cal professionals whom existed at the time like Dr. John Hunter, the anatomist who is credited with beginning what we know now as criminal forensic pathology. For some reason, Tessa Harris made the fictional Dr. Silkstone a charming good-looking gentleman while Hunter is a creepy Irish mess who operates outside of the law and the established medical standards of the time. Like the first book, the author keeps the reader off-balance, thinking we know who the villains are but finding more surprises at every turn.
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!