Dr. Thomas Silkstone

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,297 ratings

The Anatomist’s Apprentice Publisher's Summary

In the first in a stunning mystery series set in eighteenth-century England, Tessa Harris introduces Dr. Thomas Silkstone, anatomist and pioneering forensic detective.

The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia.

Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse. But it is not only the dead but also the living to whom he must apply the keen blade of his intellect. And the deeper the doctor’s investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies.

Tessa Harris, born in Lincolnshire, holds a history degree from Oxford University, and 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.

©2011 Tessa Harris (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Anatomist’s Apprentice

    • The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Tessa Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 663
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 595
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 597

    The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gruesome but Deftly Plotted

    • By Sires on 03-07-12

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 2

    • The Dead Shall Not Rest

    • A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Tessa Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 166

    In 1780s London, it is not just the living who are prey to criminals and cutpurses. Corpses, too, are fair game - dug up from fresh graves and sold to unscrupulous men of science. Dr. Thomas Silkstone abhors such methods, but his leading rival, Dr. John Hunter, has learned of the imminent death of eight-foot-tall Charles Byrne and will go to any lengths to obtain the body for his research. Thomas intends to see that Byrne is allowed to rest in peace, but his efforts are complicated when his betrothed, Lady Lydia Farrell, breaks off their engagement without explanation.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very Grisly

    • By Jina H-F on 02-05-13

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 3

    • The Devil's Breath

    • Dr. Thomas Silkstone, Book 3
    • By: Tessa Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 140

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • TESSA HARRIS HITS OUT OF THE PARK AGAIN!

    • By Linda Lou on 02-12-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • The Lazarus Curse

    • Dr. Thomas Silkstone, Book 4
    • By: Tessa Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 108

    London, 1782. The sole survivor of an ill-fated expedition to Jamaica has gone missing upon his return home. Dr. Thomas Silkstone had been entrusted to catalog all the New World specimens and therefore feels compelled to investigate the disappearance. Meanwhile, a rumor circulates that a potion with the power to raise the dead is afoot, and the formula is thought to be in the missing botanist's journal.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Series has bogged down

    • By barbara on 12-14-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 5

    • Shadow of the Raven

    • A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Tessa Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 93

    In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms. But he is unprepared for the state in which he finds Lady Lydia Farrell. Shocked into action, Thomas vows to help free Lydia by appealing to the custodian of her affairs, Mr. Nicholas Lupton.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • 10 hours of frustration coming to a ludicrous end

    • By barbara on 02-10-15

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 6

    • Secrets in the Stones

    • A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Tessa Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    Within the mysteries of the body, especially those who have been murdered, 18th-century anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone specializes in uncovering the telltale clues that lead toward justice. Newly released from the notorious asylum known as Bedlam, Lady Lydia Farrell finds herself in an equally terrifying position - as a murder suspect - when she stumbles upon the mutilated body of Sir Montagu Malthus in his study at Boughton Hall.

    Regular price: $24.47