There seems to be a bit of a vogue in historicals at the moment for stories which involve anatomists and/or resurrectionists in some way, as this is the third I’ve read in recent months which features characters who are somehow connected to one of those “professions”. That’s not to say the books themselves have used the same plotlines, because they haven’t – I just thought it was an interesting little trend. In A Matter of Grave Concern, Brenda Novak has taken the unusual step of having her heroine actually join a gang of grave-robbers, which is certainly something I haven’t come across before! Abigail Hale is the daughter of a respected surgeon and anatomist who teaches at Aldersgate College In London. The up-and-coming sciences of surgery and anatomy are creating high demand for cadavers so that students can study the human body and perform the dissections necessary to arrive at a greater understanding of how the body works, while supply is an even more difficult business than usual, thanks to the recent exposure of the activities of the infamous Burke and Hare.
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