- File Size: 837 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (March 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0062H5UEQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Dissection of Murder (Dr Dody McCleland Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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Dody happens to be called on by the Home Office, as the very first engagement of her brand new employment contract, to conduct the autopsies on the 3 victims, but when she realises she knows Lady Catherine (a close friend of her sister Florence), she has to decline to perform the autopsy. But the police are looking for a swift resolution - and absolution - so a third rate doctor is called in to take her place, delivering questionable findings. For her sister's sake, Dody agrees to follow up the results of the autopsy, and what she reads casts serious doubt in her mind. She shares her reservations with DCI Pike, and so begins what I expect will become one of those classic partnerships of science and law enforcement.
What I really liked about this book was the two main characters, Dody and DCI Pike, and also the fact that the story was built around actual historical events. Some of the detail of the women's meetings dragged a bit, but overall the pace wasn't too bad. And it was pretty short!
This is #1 in a series, and I'll happily continue on to read #2 in due course.
The horrible death of one such woman was a shock to Dody – but the further shock as she viewed the body was that this woman was a close friend of her sister; Florence was a suffragette herself and though Dody supported the women’s views, she didn’t condone the violence and wished Florence wasn’t so passionate about her cause.
When Dody met with Chief Detective Inspector Matthew Pike in the course of the investigation into the identity of the killer, she realised that the distrust by the women toward the police was universal. But she was also finding that Pike had a quiet sympathy to their cause - one that wasn’t reciprocated by his peers. And it seemed that he didn’t trust anyone either. Dody would need to work on getting him to trust her if they were to work together.
As the investigation deepened and they moved closer to the killer, events took a turn for the worst. What would happen as the violence escalated? The danger caused a fear that was terrifyingly real…
I thoroughly enjoyed A Dissection of Murder by Aussie author Felicity Young. A great historical mystery, the plot is an intriguing one. The twists are fantastic and the resolution totally surprised me as I hadn’t seen it coming. I read a later one in the series recently and enjoyed it immensely, so am now starting at the beginning. Highly recommended.
Was it unrealistic of me to expect the heroine to be onside with the suffragettes? I suppose the struggle for equal rights would not really matter to the heroine - her path through a career not suited to women is remarkably free of sexist obstacles, other than one token disapproving police officer. Looking at the blurb once again, I think it was reasonable of me to expect a heroine who thought more highly of the suffragette movement, and for the book overall to have a more positive view of the movement. The fact that the heroine was so slighting and critical of the suffragettes did not warm me to her. All very well for the rich girl with no real obstacles to decide to "work from the inside". What were the other 99% of the female population supposed to do - wait patiently and try not to starve?
There were elements of this book that were not explored to their fullest, and some peculiar non-events. An example: several times near the beginning of the book we are informed that our heroine has to tell a young man that they no longer have an "understanding" - an interview she dreads. We never see it - later in the book she reflects on it as something done "off camera". Either it rated a build up, or it did not. If it rated the build up, show it. If it did not rate a build up, take it out.
There is a rather awkward melding of an Irish terrorist plot alongside the plot concerning the murdered suffragette. The Irish story reads more like padding to make up the word count - and belated justification for the heroine's lack of suffragette sympathies - than it does as part of the story line.
And yet the prose is well written and the characterisations are not terrible. The romance between the heroine and police officer did not really work. It felt like something the author needed to do so her heroine had access to crimes to solve - at no time did I particularly care if the two of them got together or not. On the other hand, the relationship between the sisters is absolutely spot on.
So overall this book was a disappointment, and I am in no rush to buy the second in the series. I might buy it later, to see if the series improves, but I have no plans to do so in the immediate future. Which is a shame really because, as I said at the beginning of this review, this book SHOULD have been just my cup of tea.