Shadow of the Raven

Shadow of the Raven

A Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery

Book - 2015
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In the notorious mental hospital known as Bedlam, Dr. Thomas Silkstone seeks out a patient with whom he is on intimate terms. But he is unprepared for the state in which he finds Lady Lydia Farrell. Shocked into action, Thomas vows to help free Lydia by appealing to the custodian of her affairs, Mr. Nicholas Lupton. But when Silkstone arrives at the Boughton Estate to speak to Lupton, he finds that another form of madness has taken over the village. Sweeping changes to the Boughton Estate threaten to leave many villagers, who are rightfully angry, destitute. After a single shot rings out and a man dies in the woods, it appears that the desperate villagers have turned to murder to avenge their cause. But for Thomas, a post-mortem on the victim raises more questions than answers. Although he manages to save an innocent man from the gallows, a second murder warns him of his potentially fatal situation. Soon he discovers a conspiracy far more sinister than anything he has ever faced.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780758293398
0758293399
Branch Call Number: M HARRIS TESSA
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm

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Hope I can find more series like this one - a page turner

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dubonnet
Apr 22, 2015

I've read all the books so far in this series. I really like the character of Dr Thomas Silkstone and his medical and deductive skills. The author puts a lot of effort in research for the backgrounds of her stories.
I was disappointed in this book however. it's becoming more like a soap opera.
I still find the character of Lady Lydia to be weak and unlikable. She does not seem to be a worthy match to her suitor Dr Silkstone and one wonders why he bothers to go to so much trouble on her behalf.
One thing that bugged me throughout the book was that
the asylum where Lydia was kept is at first referred to as "Bethlam" and later on it's called "Bedlam" without explanation. I had heard of Bedlam before but didn't realize it was an alternate name for Bethlam.
Lake the preceding book, this one also ends on a cliffhanger, so I'll likely read it when it becomes available. I keep hoping that the author will do something with Lydia's character to make her more of an even match with Thomas!

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