Murder at Old St. Thomas's
In 1862 London, the body of a famous surgeon is found, sitting upright, in an old operating theatre. His dead eyes stare at the table at the center of the room, where patients had screamed and cried as medical students looked on. The bookish Inspector Slaughter must discover the killer…
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Lisa M. Lane’s Murder at Old St. Thomas’s opens in Old St. Thomas’s Hospital, recently closed to make way for railroad lines. In the once-famous operating theater, the body of an eminent surgeon is found nailed to one of the seats in which medical students once watched him operate. The cause of death: toxic inhalation of chloroform. As Detective Inspector Cuthbert Slaughter and his American sergeant Mark Honeycutt interview suspects, their investigation provides a portrait of Victorian surgery (anesthetics still experimental; hygiene ignored by all but the nurses taught by Florence Nightingale). This 2022 mystery has fascinating characters, and it…
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