This is a charming series similar to James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small." It features the newly qualified GP, Doctor Barry Laverty, who is...moreThis is a charming series similar to James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small." It features the newly qualified GP, Doctor Barry Laverty, who is currently being supervised by Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in the small village of Ballybucklebo. Like the Harriot's book, the village is charming and the cases are interesting. In this secong book, Barry is under a cloud because of the death of a patient. Could he have overlooked the symptoms which lead to his death? His widow thinks so, so Barry is anxious for the autopsy which will either clear him or end his career before it began.
Add to this some wonderful village characters, an intrigue or 2 and marvelous housekeeper who tries to keep the two men in line and you have an enjoyable and interesting comfort read which can be enjoyed over and over.(less)
This was a fascinating story. It is the beginning of a series about Dr. Thomas Silkstone who was a pioneer in forensic medicine. The story takes place...moreThis was a fascinating story. It is the beginning of a series about Dr. Thomas Silkstone who was a pioneer in forensic medicine. The story takes place in Victorian times and it involves a man who seemed to have been poisoned by strychnine mixed in a tonic he took daily. At the time, there weren't tests to analyze different components in a mixture. There also wasn't a catalog of different substances and their effects on the different parts of the body.
The story was about a young Earl, Lord Edward Crick, who was an dissolute young man of 21 who had contracted syphilis when he was 14. He was given a tonic by a local doctor and he died with symptoms that resembled strychnine, however there didn't seem to be any strychnine in the tonic.
A young Anatomist, Dr. Silkstone from Philadelphia is called on by the dead man's sister, partially because the prime suspect is her husband. Through a lot of twists and turns and several more murders, he is finally able to find out who the real killer was.
I listened to this audiobook on a trip from Florida to Virginia and it was the perfect length and kept me engaged for the whole trip. It is the beginning of a series and it looks to me like it is going to be a good one.(less)
This was a fascinating book! It answered many of the questions I have had about people who commit horrible crimes. It is actually a book about how the...moreThis was a fascinating book! It answered many of the questions I have had about people who commit horrible crimes. It is actually a book about how the brain develops and what happens when something goes terribly wrong in the early years of brain growth. The early experiences of children determine how there brains will grow. If the are given no stimulation or are traumatized, the early brain can't develop properly and every additional experience will be influenced by the missing stages.
I've read a lot of books about feral children, serial killers, sociopaths and psychotics in an attempt to figure out what makes them the way they are. Most of what I have read is limited to what they do instead of why. I keep looking for the missing link. This book is the closest to an answer as I have found. The author uses a medical model of brain development to explain the changes in the brain from trauma or isolation and yet leaves room for individual personality. To me this is the key to why not all children who experience this kind of trauma go on to become murders, serial killers and predators.
As someone else mentioned in a review, this book has made me more compassionate towards people who do heinous things and yet made me more aware of why they cannot be trusted to be free among us. The case of Leon was the best example. Guilty of the rape and murder of two young girls, Dr. Perry was called on to give a pre-sentencing report to decide if his sentence was life in prison or the death penalty. Dr. Perry found that Leon had been left alone in an apartment all day long, day after day. He had no stimulation or love which impaired his ability to relate to others. Sadly, it was a vicious circle for him. He was unlovable because he wasn't loved in infancy but he couldn't get love from the people around him because he was unlovable. He developed into a brutal young man with no conscience and low impulse control. He was damaged by his childhood, but he turned into a man who could not be allowed to live in society. Dr. Perry does not say what happened in his sentencing, but I would have given him life in prison without parole.(less)
l didn't think I was going to like this book st first, but it was very enjoyable. The female main character was very believable without being incredib...morel didn't think I was going to like this book st first, but it was very enjoyable. The female main character was very believable without being incredibly beautiful with long long legs...you get the idea. She was very intelligent and courageous without being like a character from James Bond.
The situation posed, an organism which can be used as a form of population control, is within reason and probably in the minds of some scientists right now, unfortunately. I enjoyed learning about life at the South Pole, the underground lakes and the organisms that can live in such an environment. All together a good read. (less)
I really enjoyed this book. It was so refreshingly new. It is set in the thirteenth-century Tsong Dynasty. It is based on the work of a real person, C...moreI really enjoyed this book. It was so refreshingly new. It is set in the thirteenth-century Tsong Dynasty. It is based on the work of a real person, Cí Song, who is considered to be the founding father of forensic science.
The book starts out with Ci Song as a scholar who is supported by his grandfather who is a noted scholar. Unfortunately, the grandfather dies and Song is forced to return home and become subject to his crass and dissipated older brother. When a crime is committed, he is forced to flee and he returns to the city where his talent for "reading corpses" eventually leads him to the Emperor himself.
Even though one misfortune after another dogs his footsteps, his talent is recognized by his mentor at the school he once attended and he is able to continue to study. There is a serial killer who is killing and mutilating within the circle of even the Emperor himself and Song finds himself in a race to find the killer or be executed.
The author is Spanish and I look forward to more of his books.(less)
This was a fascinating book about some bones buried outside the place where the Romanovs were brutally killed. It is a mixture of fact and fiction. Ev...moreThis was a fascinating book about some bones buried outside the place where the Romanovs were brutally killed. It is a mixture of fact and fiction. Even though we know the outcome of the DNA tests, the book was still fascinating.(less)
I enjoyed this book. The setting of Irish bogs is different from so many mysteries and adds a bit of interest because of the discoveries surrounding t...moreI enjoyed this book. The setting of Irish bogs is different from so many mysteries and adds a bit of interest because of the discoveries surrounding the prehistoric bog bodies found there. Forensic pathologist, Nora Gavin, has been asked to help with the discovery of another bog body who seems to have been killed in a prehistoric ritual “triple death.” When a more recent body turns up with the same “triple death” characteristics, the mystery widens. Is the ritual still being practiced?
-Archaeologist, Cormac MacGuire, is on the scene again too and he has the cottage where his mentor has lived when working on the bogs. Nora was invited to stay there and the two continue their relationship, but not without trials. Cormac knows that he loves Nora, but Nora is being pulled back to her home in the United States by the tragic and brutal death of her sister. When the identity of the second body is discovered, a cast of local characters are introduced and the link to their ancient roots is probed. As always, the colorful world of Irish music and dancing also adds to the feeling of the book
This novel deals with the frightening mental illness called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. In this sickness, a parent, usually the mother, brings the c...moreThis novel deals with the frightening mental illness called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. In this sickness, a parent, usually the mother, brings the child into the hospital or to the doctor for a variety of illnesses or accidents in order to either get the attention of the medical community or to gain importance from seeming to rescue her child from horrifying accidents.
This story is written from the point of view of another sibling who watches this pattern develop between her mother and sister and sensitively, but harrowingly describes the effect on all the family. When this sibling suspects the pattern is beginning in another generation, she has to deal with long surpressed emotions and decide what she will do for her family and in her own life. The story is told with sensitivity and depth and gives a window into this terrible sickness.(less)