Madeleine Karno would like nothing more than to become a pathologist like her father. To Madeleine, autopsies are incredibly scientific and the human body holds many secrets… even after death. However, the year is 1894 and the world that Madeleine knows finds the process of autopsy to be unholy even for a man such as her father… for Madeleine it is unheard of. Instead she must quietly remain as her father’s assistant.
Then a young girl is found murdered and her family will not hear of an autopsy. Madeleine and her father notice some odd things but are not allowed to move forward with an investigation. When the Priest who spoke at the girls funeral is found dead as well, Madeleine finds she must pursue the connects between the two murders… no matter what the cost.
I chose to read this book because I am a sucker for a strong female protagonist and I liked the idea of a father daughter team. I was not disappointed.
Let’s just say it is hard to be a girl with a mind of your own in the 19th century. Madeleine has her work cut our for her not only because she is a woman, but because the body count is growing. I enjoyed Madeleine’s character very much, I liked her strength and her intelligence throughout the book. She never felt over the top.
There are some unusual settings in the book and that is all I am going to say about that. The story itself set as a historical mystery is a good one and a genre I am finding out that I enjoy dabbling in once in a while. While the book started out a little slow to my liking, and there were some questions I do not feel were answered, it was still a fairly good read.
Lene is also the author of The Boy In The Suitcase.