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The Dead Shall Not Rest (Dr. Thomas Silkstone #2)

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The brilliant anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone returns in Tessa Harris's vivid and compelling mystery series set in 1780s London. . .

It is not just the living who are prey to London's 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
Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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If I’m being honest, I wasn’t overly eager to read this one. Whilst the first book was okay, it wasn’t enough to leave me truly interested in seeing where the series was going. As I had books two and three sitting by my bed, I decided it couldn’t hurt to see what happened next. After all, there have been many times where the second book improved massively upon the first.

Such was the case with this one, as book two was so much better than book one. I know I gave them both three stars, yet the fir
Jodie Brown
Oct 07, 2014 Jodie Brown rated it really liked it
Book Review: The Dead Shall Not Rest by Tessa Harris

Originally published on my blog:

Historical fiction is one of my absolutely favorite genres of literature, and Tessa Harris does not disappoint in this novel set in pre-industrial, pre-American Revolution London. Harris fictionalizes the life and death of Charles Byrne, an 8-foot-plus giant from Ireland juxtaposed against the dwarf Count Josef Boruwlaski and mixes in classical composer Josef Haydn and burgeoning
May 09, 2013 Deneé rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Novel Reveries

"'Come and see the tallest man in the world (...) He is not six foot, not seven foot, but eight foot high.'"

Book two of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series, The Dead Shall Not Rest delves into the dark depths of forensics and human nature. In this novel we travel with Thomas as he meets a giant with an illness, who wants a posthumous pardon for his father and to be saved from the knife when his time comes. The society surrounding them try to prevent these actions a
Sep 22, 2016 Debbi rated it really liked it
I had decided that I wasn't going to go on with this series but after reading, "The Dead Shall Not Rest" which is the second book of six total, I've changed my mind. This was a mystery that I really found intriguing. The author writes about real events that happened in the late 1700's in and around London. Many of the characters are real as well. She even includes a glossary at the end of each book which is catagorized by chapter and includes the actual events, people, places, and things which o ...more
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Feb 27, 2013 Mysterious Bookshop rated it it was amazing
The Dead Shall Not Rest is the second book in a fine new historical series set in eighteenth century England. Dr Thomas Silkstone is a young surgeon from Philadelphia newly arrived in London to study under a respected surgeon. Silkstone believes in the use of forensics to help solve crimes, which coupled with being from the newly independent colonies makes him an outsider and looked down upon by all levels of society including members of the medical establishment. When a famous castrato is found ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Hannah rated it it was ok
In the second book in a series about the world's first ever forensic detective, you would think that science might actually play a part in solving the mystery, wouldn't you?

Well you, my friend, would be wrong. So very, very wrong.

The second book continues much like the first: everyone hates Dr. Thomas Silkstone because they're all jealous; everyone loves Lady Lydia Farrel because apparently sickly, obnoxious, and frequently unconscious was what men considered totally bangin' back in the day; ric
Apr 30, 2013 Npldirector rated it liked it
Still LOVE the forensic science part of this novel and Dr. Silkstone remains a perfect gentleman scientist. But the Lovely Lady Lydia is beginning to really get on my nerves and she is making things hard for our protagonist to do any actual work with her propensity to be constantly in distress. Poor Lady Lydia suffers 3 novels worth of adversity for every 1 book Ms. Harris writes and this reader would prefer some slightly more imaginative plot devices.

On the other hand Dr. John Hunter is a grea
May 09, 2013 Janet rated it liked it
I liked this book and the first well enough. It was entertaining and I was able to follow it. Just one bone to pick with it (ha!). Lady Lydia and Dr. Silkstone are way too perfect. Why does every rich, good, wonderful woman have to be gorgeous as well? And Dr. Silkstone is not only impossibly good, in this book we learn that his ancestors and family are also impossibly good. That said, I kept wishing Lady Lydia would take a hike, or that he'd give up on her, or that her peril would prove to be f ...more
Barbara Rogers
Sep 24, 2016 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series. So far, I'm enjoying the series. Each book has had multiple villains -- some get punished and some don't and not all of the villains are working together.

This book made me a bit sad, but I can't tell you why without putting a spoiler in here. The story is based on an actual case (cases). There is actually more than one plot going on -- both get solved, but one doesn't get solved to my satisfaction because only one person got any punish
Jude Simms
This is the first Tessa Harris book I've read, and it'll probably be the last. The overall story wasn't too bad, but there's just way too much tosh in the way. The characters are so cliched it's unbelievable - Dr Silkstone is disliked and disapproved of because he's a colonial (probably accurate, but we don't need reminding every few pages), Lydia's constant portrayal as the feeble little damsel in distress is just tedious; and of course the Irishmen are drunkards, the poor are stupid, etc.

May 28, 2015 Madonna rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book in the series, and this one was o.k. I did like the characters better than the "mystery" in this one, though.
The "uses" of the giant and castrato to create a situation that would make an anatomist involved was a bit of a stretch for me, but Harris used the situations well and they were smoothly incorporated into the story.
I found there was almost too much going on the book. In addition to those 2 story lines, Lady Lydia has a story arc that almost deserves a book just
Ruby Bibi
Mar 22, 2016 Ruby Bibi rated it really liked it
-The second in a series of stories concerning Dr. Thomas Silverstone, an anatomist/ physician during the 1780's in England.
-There are several events which coincide to form the whole of the story. A giant of a man, Charles Byrne, comes down from Ireland to seek a posthumous pardon for his father who was convicted of a murder and hanged. Subsequent to his death, the real murderer was discovered and had confessed but Charles' father was never declared to be innocent. Charles is aided by Count Josef
Oct 19, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it
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Dr. Silkstone is back, in this second installment, of this mystery series. This time it revolves around an eight foot giant of a man, who is set free from a carnival, by Lydia Farrell. The doctor is called upon to see to the condition, and health of the large man, named Charles. He sees him as a man, and not a specimen, as most other anatomists do. There is one quite evil, and creepy doctor named Hunter, who has no morals, or scruples, and will play dirty, to get his hands on this giant of a man ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Comingunraveled rated it it was ok
This book was a bit more than borderline ridiculous. I felt like the author tried to think of the most unlikely character pairings and hoped the story would be pulled together by its macabre twists. The characters were not more than mildly engaging nor was the story enchanting. Unfortunately, while I read this entire book, I will not be back for more. My stories need a little more meat in the bone (pun intended).
Lis Carey
Dr. Thomas Silkstone and his betrothed, Lady Lydia Farrell, are more or less patiently waiting out the time until they can, with a minimum of fuss and scandal, announce their engagement. In the meantime, a friend of Lydia's father, a Polish count, Boruwlaski, who has made a handsome living off of the fact that he is a dwarf, arrives to inform her that an Irish giant is being cruelly exploited in a fair that's taking place on the edge of her property. He and Lady Lydia extract the giant, Charles ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
After reading the first in the Dr. Thomas Silkstone mysteries, I quickly picked up the second book and was delighted to find it even better than the first.
The author blends the incredible historical and medical upheaval of the late 1700s with a twisted plot and unique characters to make an extremely readable story. The fact that Dr. Silkstone's crime solving adventures are intertwined with the actual events surrounding the death of "The Irish Giant" Charles Byrne and the theft of his body by th
Nov 01, 2014 Rebecca rated it did not like it
I listened to the audiobook but didn't make it past disc 7. The story was dragging on and on. Lady Lydia just got more and more annoying and then there was this weird anti-abortion agenda. That's the point at which I finally quit. I enjoyed the first of this series, but am so disappointed with the second that I'm dropping it.

Question: prior to the advent of intravenous fluids would it have even been possible to keep a coma patient alive for 10 days? Maybe feeding tubes were in use and would hav
Jan 16, 2013 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I really wanted to like this series, but I just couldn't get into it. I thought that it was well researched for the time period, and the subject seemed interesting, but the plot fell short. Some of the plot developments just seemed ridiculous and silly.
Apr 30, 2013 Deb rated it it was ok
I struggled getting through this book because I thought the plot line was really stupid and gross. Then I found out it was based upon real people and relieve events. I guess you just can't make this stuff up.
Sandi Willis
Jan 03, 2015 Sandi Willis rated it liked it
More dissection here! I just hated the ending but when you are writing about a person that lived, you cannot change history. There are several small stories woven together, as in the first of the Thomas Silkstone novels, "The Anatomist's Apprentice." There are times I really wanted to get into the book and change the way it was written just because the story did not go the way I wanted it to go but alas it does makes you want to finish the book so that see if there is any justice for those that ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Maree rated it did not like it
This story has the potential to be a lot more than it is. The way it's told is shallow and full of clichéd dialogue. I don't expect to read any more of this series.
Jan 01, 2014 Tillman rated it liked it
While the second in a series , The Anatomist's Apprentice being the first, this book stands on its own; a rare exception in the current publishing environment where the art of writing a novel has been submerged in the pursuit of the cash cow serial.

A late 18th century period piece, mystery more properly, where the main character is an American surgeon/anatomist in London bringing scientific methodology to bear on forensics and the "stone knives and bear skins" approach of the typical Oxford trai
The Dead Shall Not Rest by Tessa Harris is the second book of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone mystery series, set in 1782 England. Historical figures Charles Byrne, Josef Boruwłaski and Dr. John Hunter are woven into a plot with murdered castrati, Dr. Silkstone and his fiancée Lady Lydia Farrell. Charles Byrne came from Ireland to have his father pardoned posthumously for a murder he did not commit. Charles “the Irish Giant” is over 8 feet tall. Josef befriends Charles and suggests he earn money for th ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Victor rated it did not like it
Possibly one of the poorest written book that I have read. Totally predictable, and full of cliches.
I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
Cristina Torrão
Dec 02, 2014 Cristina Torrão rated it really liked it
I won a copy of “The Dead Shall Not Rest” by Tessa Harris a few months ago from a first reads’ giveaway.

First I would like to thank the author for the signed copy.

As a med student I found this reading particularly interesting. I attended "History of Medicine and Surgery" classes a few years ago, back when I was a freshman year med student, but still there was something for me to learn in this book.

This is a crime & mystery story played in the 18th century England, a very different time for s
Clearani winchester
Feb 13, 2013 Clearani winchester rated it really liked it
first of all I really wanna say thank ye to tessa for the book, well I and my little sister really enjoy your book it's cause she really love anything about death, murder , etc
well we really love your story . it took screen in 1782's and I do really love vintage and classic screen. this story really interesting and adorable! I love the way you write about DR. Thomas Silkstone. he's really a wise man and kind man who come from America and live in England. well Dr. hunter is little scary me me, he
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

It is 1782 and Charles Byrne is said to be the tallest man in the world. Hating the way he is treated, Lady Lydia Farrell rescues him from the traveling fair when it is lodged on the far edge of her property. The Irish Giant only wants to see the King to get a pardon for his dad who was wrongly charged, convicted and hung for a murder he did not commit. From this single minded quest various thre
The Dead Shall Not Rest – T Harris
Audio performance by Simon Vance
3 stars

This second Thomas Silkstone mystery uses several weird and wonderful historical figures as major characters. To begin with it is the story of the eight-foot-tall Charles Byrne, known as the “Irish Giant”. Byrnes’ career as a freak is promoted and managed by the dwarf, Count Josef Borulawski, while his corpse is pursued by the infamous Dr. John Hunter. The documented history of these three individuals is more than enough f
Apr 06, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This novel continues with the story started by the Anatomist's Apprentice. Dr. Thomas Silkstone is now betrothed to Lady Lidia. This novel deals with the stealing of corpes for disection. Dr. John Hunter is at the midst of this tale. He wants to have the body of Charles Byrne in his collection as Mr. Byrne is a "giant' over 7 feet tall. He is not dead however but is dying from consumption. He came to England from Ireland to obtain a pardon for his father who was hanged for a crime he did not com ...more
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From the author's website:After studying History at Oxford University, I began my journalistic career on a newspaper in my home town of Louth, in Lincolnshire. I progressed onto a London newspaper, where I became women's editor. From there I moved to become a feature writer on Bestmagazine. After two years I was made editor of a regional arts and listings publication. This was followed by another ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dr. Thomas Silkstone (6 books)
  • The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone #1)
  • The Devil's Breath (Dr. Thomas Silkstone #3)
  • The Lazarus Curse (Dr. Thomas Silkstone #4)
  • Shadow of the Raven (Dr. Thomas Silkstone, #5)
  • Secrets in the Stones (Dr. Thomas Silkstone, #6)

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“ so this is my collection of human body parts, Dr. Silkston," he said proudly, walking into the storeroom. "each organ is here fro a reason, a purpose. you see this one," he said, pointing to a cylinder containing what appeared to Thomas to be a section of a small intestine with a hole in it. "'Tis a duelist's jejunum. that is the bullet hole, right through the middle. and this, this is the Marquis of Rockingham's heart," he announced proudly. " he gave me a permission to have it a fore he died” 1 likes
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