The Dead Shall Not Rest: Book summary and reviews of The Dead Shall Not Rest by Tessa Harris

The Dead Shall Not Rest

Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries

By Tessa Harris

The Dead Shall Not Rest
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  • Published in USA  Dec 2012,
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It is not just the living who are prey to London's criminals and cutpurses. Corpses, too, are fair game - dug up from fresh graves and sold to men of science for dissection. Dr. Thomas Silkstone's unscrupulous rival, Dr. John Hunter, has learned of the imminent death of eight-foot-tall Charles Byrne, known as the "Irish Giant," and is obsessed with obtaining the body for his research. When Dr. Hunter is implicated in the horrific murder of a young castrato, Thomas must determine how far the increasingly erratic surgeon will go in the name of knowledge. For as Thomas knows, the blackest hearts sometimes go undetected until it's too late...

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"Starred Review. Well-rounded characters, cleverly concealed evidence, and an assured prose style point to a long run for this historical series." - Publishers Weekly

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Tessa Harris read History at Oxford University and qualified as a journalist and editor, contributing to several national publications such as The Times and The Telegraph. She also acted as a literary publicist for the English TV presenter and novelist Pam Rhodes.

Winning a European-wide screenplay writing competition led to the optioning of a screenplay. Set in 18th century England, it highlighted what has to be one of the most fascinating periods of England's past. The result was "The Anatomist's Apprentice," the first of a series of Dr Thomas Silkstone Mysteries - stories from late 18th century England that are based on true stories.

Until last December Ms. Harris was editor of a regional glossy magazine and was regularly heard on BBC local radio. As well interviewing dozens of celebrities, she interviewed writers at literary events in front of audiences. Her most recent interviews were with Oscar winner Julian Fellowes (screenplay for Gosford Park), Barbara Taylor Bradford and Hollywood legend Leslie Caron.

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