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The Anatomy of Death by Felicity Young
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May 27, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2012, romantic-suspense, mystery
Read in May, 2012

Lots of promise here, but the writing was clunky enough that this never really hit the detail-saturated, atmospheric historical/romantic mystery zone I was hoping for. Certainly this was nowhere close, to, say, Anne Perry's Hester and Monk. It almost felt like a spot of YA (is it YA?). I loved the choice to set the book in Downton Abbey London (definitely jonesing for 1900-1918 set fiction right now) and the promise of a female forensic patholigist lead. Pike was endearing enough, and his daughter humanized him nicely. However, the characters were sketchier than they needed to be (Dody seems almost detached from her career!) and the historical detail was provided through awkward 3rd person narration rather than through flashes of dialogue and detail.

I would read the next book, out of mild curiousity if nothing else. If the writing improves, there might be a series worth reading here.
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