Young notes in an afterword that the book was inspired by her reading of the real Dr Bernard Spilsbury's autopsy notes at London's Wellcome Library. But more than a history lesson, Antidote to Murder is a cracking good crime read. I can't wait to see what Dody does next. Jan 19, Amy Heap rated it really liked it. I am not, in general, a great reader of crime fiction. Historical fiction, though, is right up my alley, and the historical nature of this book sucked me right in.
Dody McCleland whose name reminds me, delightfully, of David Copperfield is England's first female autopsy surgeon, a hard won position, not well accepted in The crime aspect is someone botching criminal abortions. Suffragettes, Fabians, detectives, intrigue and romance, this book is a lot of fun. Oct 24, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , dr-dody-mccleland. I found this book difficult to get into. The time period makes it hard for me to get into -- electricity is still very localised, street gas lamps are still a thing, and I don't really want to think about what passed for medical knowledge at the time.
However, the story very quickly picked up, and drew me in. The climax was rather delicious, and also I did not guess who the actual perpetrator was, which was rather excellent. If I can get over my fear of the time period, I am looking forward to r I found this book difficult to get into.
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If I can get over my fear of the time period, I am looking forward to reading more of the series. Mar 18, Anne rated it really liked it. This series is incredibly interesting, historically. This particular book looks at contraception, abortion and even early pharmacy laws as well as the prejudices against female doctors. There's even a minor German spy story thrown in. Plus, the characters are intelligent and enjoyable. I'm sad my library doesn't have the three other books in the series so must start looking for them elsewhere. I am enjoying this series with the difficulties of being a female Doctor in the early s.
I also like the relationship with the Policeman.
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If this is a series that you are yet to catch up with, then all I can say is get to it. Set in Edwardian London, McCleland is a qualified doctor, fighting a society that has some very confronting attitudes towards women, in particular. To remain working as a doctor, McCleland has to battle daily against mindless prejudice and power games. To simply survive many more women are fighting a similar battle. Particularly any poor woman who is unlucky enough to be single, poor or both and pregnant.
In a world where contraceptives are expensive and frowned upon, the attitude of people to young women in very difficult circumstances is portrayed starkly by Young. There is a very realistic tussle between her desire to stay working as a doctor, and her attraction to Matthew Pike, and the inevitable loss of work and position that marriage imposed in those days. Alongside McCleland's professional life, her sister and friends continue their suffragette activities, and it is within the spectrum of the fight for overall rights, that the spectre of illegal abortion arises.
Somehow the blaming of the deaths of young women, at the hands of a criminal abortionist, on the only female doctor within sight, seems inevitable. In a delicate balancing act, the resolution of who actually killed those women and why, is part of a wider exploration, looking at the nature of women's lives in that time period. The balance maintained is done cleverly, subtly, it's a crime story undoubtedly, but along with that, it's a look at a way of life that should remain well behind us. Although there are days when I do wonder if that's going to always be the case.
Perhaps the reading of history wrapped up in proper, good old storytelling should become mandatory - for both men and women, because this, most definitely, is not women's fiction. It's informative, it's interesting, and it's very very revealing. It's most definitely not a world I want to return to, and I'm really grateful that Young takes the time to write this series. It's well worth reading, even if you don't think you're a fan of historical crime fiction. Jun 10, Rhi rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-suspense , historical-fiction , edwardian-england.
With Anatomy of Death Young proved that she could compose a well-researched and utterly absorbing historical suspense novel that holds the promise of a series worth reading.
This, her second in the Dr. Dody McCleland series, has affirmed that the promise of this author's first success is more than capable of carrying itself through. Antidote to Murder continues with the realistic tone of its predecessor and draws us into the social mores of Edwardian London once more. Again, a serious aspect of With Anatomy of Death Young proved that she could compose a well-researched and utterly absorbing historical suspense novel that holds the promise of a series worth reading.
Again, a serious aspect of the time period is brought forth for examination: the difficult - and sometimes impossible - choice of women who faced an unwanted pregnancy, families that became too expensively large, and the life-threatening options available to the desperate. Dody's career and life are both at stake as a botched illegal abortion outrages society and anonymous letters point the incriminating finger at her.
An easy and vulnerable target, Dody refuses to throw in the towel and allow a murderer to get away with this bloody business As the body count rises so does the tension as our leading lady struggles to prove her innocence to the unforgiving and unbelieving masculine superiors to whom she has been working to prove her capability in the "beastly science. We all get to appreciate the cameo appearance of none other than the infamous historical figure of Mata Hari Once again, Young has delved into the murkier waters of this particular period of English history and spun us a fascinating tale.
The main characters continue to be presented as strong and realistic individuals living in a time of great change, and the supporting cast particularly the wonderful Florence! The blossoming relationship between Dody and Pike is well crafted and sweet. I can't wait to see what Young pulls out of the hat next. Aug 07, Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it Shelves: release , historical-fiction , england , mystery , kindle. This is probably my favorite historical series featuring an amazingly strong heroine.
Book two has a new mystery and this time it includes a personal and professional attack on Dody herself. Lead poisoning, arsenic, illegal drugs, women dying from illegal abortions, and a big arrow in the form of accusatory letters a This is probably my favorite historical series featuring an amazingly strong heroine.
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Lead poisoning, arsenic, illegal drugs, women dying from illegal abortions, and a big arrow in the form of accusatory letters and pointing fingers and paid-off lying witnesses says Dody is the culprit. The romance between her and Pike continues, but is shaky. This has to be my only disappointment with the story. I feel so much more could have been done with a character such as Mata Hari. I appreciate all the themes in this, skillfully and artfully entwined with the mystery.
Remember, this was a time when a woman could not have a career and a marriage both. Marriage often meant job loss.
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As in book one, Dody faces a lot of extreme prejudice and I felt her frustration and moments of indecision. When is enough enough? To speak her mind usually leads to a man declaring her too emotional. I wanted to jump in the book and smack a few people.
This was a hot topic back then and it made an interesting side story. Follow Dody McCleland and Chief Inspector Pike on a journey of with a German spy,murder,criminal abortions,illicit drug trade,erotic dancers,and the life of a female coroner. Dody is the first British female autopsy surgeon. With a bit of romance and lots of murder,for someone is butchering pregnant women,using illicit drugs and implicating Dody for the murders.
From government to the slums of London,you will find you are not only intrigued but transported to a time when woman had to fight for their rights. Young's story will draw the reader in,hold you there until the very end while transporting you to a different era. Dody and Inspector Pike must find the truth about the murders,find a rogue doctor, and stop a spy all before Dody loses not only her career but her very life.
All of this while Dody ad Pike's love is blossoming or trying too. Fast paced and filled with action with a cast of characters that will keep you turning pages from the first sentence to the last. Don't let the first sentence derail you,"Antidote to Murder" is not written in first person. I would recommend "Antidote to Murder" to historical readers as well as readers of mystery,medical mysteries,and those who enjoy a great read.
Received for an honest review from the publisher. Jan 12, Kristen rated it really liked it Shelves: best-historical-fiction , fun-fluffy-reads , strong-female-characters , victorian-era. I enjoyed this second book in the series just as much as I did the first. I love the character of Dody. A female doctor and autopsy surgeon in an era when women were just beginning to make progress toward equality, Dody is a pioneer for her time, and therefore dealt with ridiculous prejudice, ignorance and condescension by the men in her world.
She is an intelligent, determined and very plucky woman, and a lot of fun to read about. The murder investigation was also well done here, dealing with ot I enjoyed this second book in the series just as much as I did the first. The murder investigation was also well done here, dealing with other issues of the time: contraception, abortion, war and the horrible after-effects for those who come home, as well as the vastly divergent class issues of the times.
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