Arthur Endswell, a gentleman in name only,is employed as a ressurrection man for Dr. Faust Grey, who uses the bodies he procures for dissection purposes.What starts as a lucrative business soon veers into the realm of murder when Arthur’s beloved Amelia’s cousin, Constance Gowain, finds her way on Dr. Grey’s dissection slab with evidence of poison in her veins.
"The mystery is written in the slightly formal style we have come to expect from Victorians, after being trained by such as Anne Perry. The main character and voice of the book, a "gentleman" fallen on hard times, pragmatically and coldbloodedly does what he has to do to survive and stay in his class, including investigate a murder. It is a treat to look at the Victorian world through his self-serving view. There were some diatribes on Americans issued in that snotty upper class British voice that made me fall out of my chair laughing. At the same time,the brutal and short lives of the poor are clearly depicted, and there is a strong sense of place and atmosphere." -- TerryInTexas, Amazon Reviewer