THE ANATOMIST'S APPRENTICE
Harris’ debut is set in 18th-century England. At the time, an anatomist specialized in learning about the human body through the dissection of cadavers. Harris’ research is meticulous. The results are a historical CSI with a romance and excellent mystery. There are many possible villains and the reader will be kept guessing through the continuous twists and turns until the end. This is based on an actual murder of the period.
Dr. Thomas Silkstone is working in London when he is approached by Lady Farrell. Her brother has been killed and her husband accused of his death. Despite his terrible character, she loved her brother and wants the truth revealed. Her husband is no better than her brother in character and his friends suspect him of wrongdoing. Silkstone’s forensic abilities are largely dismissed by the authorities. Worse, he knows he’s falling in love with the beautiful woman. (KENSINGTON, Jan., 310 pp., $25.00)