The Anatomy of Death by Felicity Young


10 Critic Reviews

Again this story didn't have much mystery or medical stuff, but I still enjoyed it.
-Jenny Loves to Read


At the turn of the twentieth century, London’s political climate is in turmoil, as women fight for the right to vote. Dody McCleland has her own battles to fight. As England’s first female autopsy surgeon, not only must she prove herself, she must prove that murder treats everyone equally…

After a heated women’s rights rally turns violent, an innocent suffragette is found murdered. When she examines the body, Dody McCleland is shocked to realize that the victim was a friend of her sister—fueling her determination to uncover the cause of the protestor’s suspicious death.

For Dody, gathering clues from a body is often easier than handling the living—especially Chief Detective Inspector Pike. Pike is looking to get to the bottom of this case but has a hard time trusting anyone—including Dody. Determined to earn Pike’s trust and to find the killer, Dody will have to sort through real and imagined secrets. But if she’s not careful, she may end up on her own examination table…


About Felicity Young

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Felicity Young has published several books in the United Kingdom and Australia. She lives on a small farm near Perth where she established a suffolk sheep stud, reared orphan kangaroos, and embarked upon a life of crime writing. Author website:
Published May 1, 2012 by Berkley. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Mar 19 2012

While Young telegraphs some of the plot’s non-whodunit aspects, she delivers a truly surprising reveal of the murderer’s identity.

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City Book Review

Reviewed by Gwen Stackler on Aug 10 2012

Richly detailed, Young paints a picture of London at the turn of the nineteenth century, the struggles of women to gain equal rights, and even throws in a few Irish rebels for a plot twist.

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Night Owl Suspense

Reviewed by Christy Carlyle on Apr 19 2012

it is the relationship that has developed between Dr. Dody McCleland and Chief Inspector Pike that is the true treasure of this historical mystery. Each character is complex and interesting individually, yet, together they make a wonderful crime solving pair.

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Book Binge

Reviewed by Judith on Jul 16 2012

This is a fine book, beautifully written and edited, with the historical genre handled with care. Yet the historical context never overcomes the story of Pike and Dody and the myriad characters that surround them

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Errant Dreams Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on Apr 05 2012

Felicity Young’s The Anatomy of Death was an interesting read, but not quite what I was expecting nor looking for.

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Minding Spot

Below average
Reviewed by Regina on Jun 09 2012

once the murderer was fleshed out, I was a bit disappointed at the sensational nature of the reveal. It seemed to come out of the blue. The story also seemed overpopulated to me. Characters were revealed and named, but they did not have enough back-story for me to relate to them or remember them.

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Mysteries in Paradise

Reviewed by Kerrie on May 07 2012

She has captured the essence of the suffragette era that preceded the First World War, a world that was about to change forever. I certainly hope A DISSECTION OF MURDER is just the first in a long series.

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Romance Junkies

Reviewed by Wendy

THE ANATOMY OF DEATH is a historical suspense novel that will enthrall readers of historical mysteries. The characters are intriguing and the author does a good job of character development and painting the details to bring the historical setting to life. The mystery unravels slowly, keeping the reader guessing as to who the killer is.

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Jenny Loves to Read

Below average
Reviewed by Jenny on Aug 17 2012

Again this story didn't have much mystery or medical stuff, but I still enjoyed it.

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Reviewed by Bev Hankins on Aug 12 2012

I found her and the other central characters believable and interesting. The mystery itself had a nice twist and it was pretty fairly clued.

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