The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery series continues to delight. In this second outing, 18th-century anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone — an unusual character for a historical mystery — and his love interest, Lydia, are complicated, sympathetic characters with real problems to solve. The historical setting and details are outstanding. Harris also does an excellent job of building fear in the reader with her terrifying descriptions of the Great Fog, and at times this reviewer wondered if she was introducing a supernatural element.

It’s 1783 in England and a mysterious fog is sweeping across Oxfordshire, causing strange behavior and deaths among the people. Dr. Thomas Silkstone is leaving hot, smelly London to see Lydia at Boughton Hall, but unease travels with him. When he arrives in Oxfordshire, the unease turns to fear. Thomas came to help Lydia look for her lost son, but animals and people are inexplicably dying around him. Can Thomas find out the cause and cure of the fog sickness and help Lydia find her son? (KENSINGTON, Jan., 368 pp., $15.00, 9780758267009)

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Page Traynor