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Doctor Death by Lene Kaaberbol: Review and Giveaway!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Boy in the Suitcase, a gripping historical thriller and poignant coming-of-age story set in nineteenth-century France.

Madeleine Karno is an ambitious young woman eager to shatter the confines of her provincial French town. Driven and strong headed, Madeleine is set apart by her unusual occupation: assisting her father, Dr. Albert Karno, in his job as a forensic doctor.

The year is 1894, and a young girl is found dead on the snowy streets of Varbourg. Dr. Karno is called in to determine the cause of her death, but before he can examine the body, the girl's family forbids the autopsy from taking place. The only anomaly he manages to find is in the form of a mite in her nostril. Shortly after, several other dead bodies are discovered throughout the city, and Madeleine, her father, and the city commissioner must use the new science of forensic evidence to solve the mysterious cases before they all become the next victims of a deadly disease - or of a heinous murderer.

Goodreads Summary

If you're looking for a great historical, gothic-based mystery then this is the book you should grab.  Madeleine is unusual for her time; she helps her father who is a forensic doctor.  She's highly intelligent and motivated.  When she and her father stumble along a weird that the family refuses an autopsy on...they begin to think that they may have an intriguing mystery on their hands.  As more bodies pop up the pair wonder if it's a mystery or a murder.

I loved Madeleine's character.  She was a strong female lead who knew what she was doing and wasn't some silly main character needing a rescue.  Her father was well-developed by the author and supported Madeleine's character.  The other characters were interesting and added to the mystery element of the story.  The ending was a it should be in a great mystery book.  This book is highly recommended to young adult/adult readers.

4 Stars


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  1. erin said...:

    the In Death series by JD Robb :) thanks for sharing!

  1. Sayomay said...:

    My fav mysteries are def The Seer Books by Linda Joy Singleton!
    Mary G Loki

  1. Susan T. said...:

    I'm not sure I can pick just one! The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was awesome. I also love the M.C. Beaton cozies.

  1. My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni is one of my favorite mystery books.

  1. I don't know that I do have a favorite.

  1. Carole said...:

    Wow, this book seems great, above all to a CSI fan like me! My favourite mystery is Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz! When I first picked it up I was not sure that I would like it, but I was in a reading slump and thought "What the hell!". It's really great, and the mystery seems straightforward at first, but it's actually very convoluted...I recommend it to all Sherlock Holmes fans, even if it doesn't feature neither Holmes nor Watson!

  1. Irma said...:

    Anything from Sandra Brown!

  1. Unknown said...:

    This one seems great! Thank you for the review!