Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Anatomy of Death

Title: The Anatomy of Death aka A Dissection of Murder

Author: Felicity Young

Publisher: Berkley Books

Series: Dr. Dody McCleland Mystery, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780425247297

Length: 305 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I saw the second book in the series on Wowbrary and thought it sounded interesting, but of course I had to start with the first book in the series.


This is a historical mystery set around the suffragette movement in England, a topic that is interesting in both positive and negative ways.  I appreciate my rights (in America, but still) and believe I would have supported getting them, but I have more difficulty understanding the extreme and violent part of the movement.  Perhaps that's part of what I appreciated about Dody.  She appreciated her rights - to the point of becoming involved in more of a "man's" position, but she didn't have that violent attitude.  After all, she was a doctor.  So I liked her.  I also liked Chief Inspector Pike, and I hope there is something between the two in future books. 

I have to say I felt a horror at the descriptions of the woman being force fed.  I remember watching clips of something like that going on in a mental hospital in a psych class and I was horrified then as well.  On the other hand, while I personally abhor capital punishment and therefore didn't care for the hanging scene either, I was able to look at it more abstractly.  Perhaps it was reading parts of Foucault's Dicipline and Punish during my college days that made the difference.

Anyway, I look forward to reading the next book, Antidote to Murder.


  1. I really like this series, I am sure you will enjoy Antidote to Murder as well

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    1. I plan to. I have it checked out, so I just need to start it.


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