The Insanity of Murder

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The Insanity of Murder

The Insanity of Murder The fourth engrossing mystery in the acclaimed Dr Dody McCleland series featuring Britain s first female autopsy surgeon To Doctor Dody McCleland the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an e

  • Title: The Insanity of Murder
  • Author: Felicity Young
  • ISBN: 9781460704677
  • Page: 345
  • Format: ebook
  • The fourth engrossing mystery in the acclaimed Dr Dody McCleland series, featuring Britain s first female autopsy surgeon.To Doctor Dody McCleland, the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station is testing enough But when her suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the crime, matters worsen and Dody finds her loyalty crThe fourth engrossing mystery in the acclaimed Dr Dody McCleland series, featuring Britain s first female autopsy surgeon.To Doctor Dody McCleland, the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station is testing enough But when her suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the crime, matters worsen and Dody finds her loyalty cruelly divided Can she choose between love for her sister and her secret love for Chief Inspector Matthew Pike, the investigating officer on the case Dody and Pike s investigations lead them to a women s rest home where patients are not encouraged to read or think and where clandestine treatments and operations are conducted in an unethical and inhumane manner Together Dody and Pike must uncover such foul play before their secret liaisons become public knowledge and before Florence becomes the rest home s next victim.

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    1. Phrynne on said:

      Number 4 in the series and very enjoyable except that Florence is back being as silly as ever. More silly really since this time she is blowing up parts of London with dynamite. I am not sure how that was supposed to demonstrate that women were smart enough to get the vote but apparently it was one of the many things the Suffragettes did.That apart most of the book deals with mental asylums and the awful treatments dealt out to women who were frequently suffering from nothing more than depressio [...]

    2. Brenda on said:

      4.5★sCalled out in the middle of the night to the results of a violent explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station, autopsy surgeon Dr Dody McCleland had no idea how torn her loyalties would be in the next few weeks. Her younger sister Florence, a suffragette fighting for the rights of all women was picked in a line-up as being connected to the bombing – the investigation was being handled by Chief Inspector Matthew Pike, who also happened to be Dody’s secret lover.But when the deepening i [...]

    3. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede on said:

      When the Necropolis Railway Station is blown is it up Doctor Dody McCleland to deal with all the bodies that have been blown up. She must find out if anyone was killed in the explosion or if it is only corpses. And, to make matters worse, it seems that one of the people behind the blast could be her sister Florence, a very well-known suffragette. Will she stand by her sister side no matter what, especially when it's her lover Chief Inspector Matthew Pike that is handling the case.I have been cur [...]

    4. Carolyn on said:

      Yet another excellent episode in the series featuring forensic surgeon Dody McCleland. The year is 1913 and Dody, assistant to Britain's chief pathologist, Bernard Spilsbury, has been called in to help identify a number of bodies blown up in the bombing of the Necropolis Railway, used to transport bodies for burial at various London cemeteries. When Dody's suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the bombing and sent to prison, Dody's friend and lover Inspector Matthew Pike helps to get her [...]

    5. Shelleyrae at Book'd Out on said:

      I look forward to each new installment of Felicity Young's historical mystery series featuring Dr Dody McCleland, autopsy surgeon. The Insanity of Murder is the fourth book in the series which continues to impress me with its rich period detail, strong characterisation and interesting plots.The Insanity of Murder begins with an explosion set by the suffragette's at London's 'Necropolis Railway'. With a watchman badly injured, Dody is horrified when Florence is arrested for the crime, afraid that [...]

    6. Hilary on said:

      When politics comes into play, loyalties are divided between family and friends, love and law, and this proves no exception.You'll find suffragettes as you've never seen them before, discover a new understanding of the Cat and Mouse Act, and see the spotlight shone on women's lives under George V. (They could attend university but not be awarded the degree, they could hold a job in their own right but otherwise might just as well be labeled chattels. "Rest homes" (fancy asylums) were very conven [...]

    7. Dana on said:

      This whole series is fabulous. Dody seems to be getting braver and bolder with age. I look forward to reading many, many more of these mysteries. Hats off to Ms Young.

    8. Kara-karina on said:

      While I know I missed a lot happening in the previous two books of this historical mystery series, The Insanity of Murder still reads really well on its own. And what a read that is! It starts with an explosion as a political act on behalf of suffragettes, and of course Florence is involved. However, something goes wrong and Florence is ordered to keep silent about her involvement. She is suspected nonetheless and to avoid dreaded force-feeding ( a policy implemented towards suffragettes on hung [...]

    9. Greg Barron on said:

      Dody McCleland is back! The Insanity of Murder blends history, mystery and murder into an unforgettable story. As always, Young's prose is tight and descriptive, placing the reader vividly in turn-of-the-century London. There are some great set-pieces that had me leaning forward in my seat, such as the near drowning along with horrific scenes at the asylum and the heart-stopping finale. I remembered some of the suffragette protest incidents from high school history lessons which was an added bon [...]

    10. Tracey on said:

      I did not have high expectations for this book (received from Netgalley for an honest review, with thanks), I have to admit. But I had already picked up the previous in the series as an deal, and I thought I'd try this. It sounded promising: in the aftermath of a bombing in London comes investigation into disappearances at a women's "rest home".I love period mysteries – except when I hate them. The writing and setting have to be exceptional in order for one to stand out. There have been an aw [...]

    11. Tara Chevrestt on said:

      Dr. Dody is back, and better than ever. While this novel doesn't explore too deeply the prejudice she faces in her line of work (she's a death doctor in Victorian England for those just now hearing about this series), it does explore a different kind of prejudice toward women during those times. There's an epidemic sweeping the country. Women are being declared insane and thrown into institutions where horrific surgeries are performed on them.Dody's sister Florence plays a huge role in this nove [...]

    12. Kagsy Wagsy on said:

      Reading this book made me feel like I'd been transported back in time. The words and phrases used take the reader to a time when everything for the upper and middle classes was so genteel. They had no idea about the hardships of working life, sickness and poverty. Even the insane were treated according to class and privilege. Some gritty topics are discussed in this book, such as FGM, equality, women's rights and suffrage. I would not have picked this genre before reading this book, but I was co [...]

    13. Kerrie on said:

      Australian writer Felicity Young has certainly grown as a crime fiction author and this latest offering in the Dody McClelland series brims with confidence and authenticity. I have somehow missed reading #3 and feel that is an omission I must rectify.Dody McCleland works as an assistant to Dr Bernard Spilsbury and is right at the centre of the suffragist world. If she is not present, then her lover Inspector Pike is, and between them they are a formidable pair. Besides being a murder mystery, th [...]

    14. Marlish on said:

      This winning novel is a combination of suspense, intrigue and the fate of women in the early twentieth century. Life for healthy women was hard enough, for those less fortunate such as the mentally ill —life was dire. Often thrown into asylums at the behest of societal norms, women suffered appallingly at the hands of male doctors and surgeons. Meanwhile the suffragette movement and their militant actions were growing. These themes run through —The Insanity of Murder—and make for a grippin [...]

    15. Terri on said:

      Dody McCleland is a coroner working under the famous Dr. Spilsbury. After a bombing by suffragettes, Dody's sister is accused and an investigation ensues. A woman is found dead by apparent suicide, only she suspects it could be much more sinister. Her sister goes undercover to escape jail as well as investigate at an asylum for 'gentlewoman' where some horrific practices may be occurring.I really enjoyed this book. Multiple mysteries as well an intriguing characters and strong women fighting for [...]

    16. Maggie on said:

      This is the fourth Dody McLeland book by Felicity Young and doesn't disappoint. I love Young's characterisation, her strong grasp of attitudes to women in Edwardian times, and the way in which she interweaves history with a page-turning tale of murder. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next one!

    17. Karen on said:

      This is the latest in a series of intelligent, well-researched and engagingly written crime-fiction novels set amid the suffragette battles of early 1900s England. newtownreviewofbooks/2015/08/20/crime-scene-felicity-young

    18. Mary Smith on said:

      Dr Dody McCleland is an autopsy surgeon, who is called out to attend the Necropolis Railway Station in London, which has been bombed by her sister, who is a Suffragette. Dody and her secret lover, Chief Inspector Pike, are taken on an investigation which includes some more Suffragette activity and leads eventually to a Home for Gentlewomen, where the treatments are more than somewhat suspect.I enjoy these books, they give a good sense of London early in the 20th century, and particularly the pli [...]

    19. Cynthia on said:

      Another solid story in this series of books about Dody, a female autopsy surgeon in Victorian London. This story focused on the suffragette movement and the treatment of female mental patients. The story made me squirm in places as practices towards female patients was rudimentary, the thought that female mental health was totally connected to their sexual organs and removal of those organs did wonders is preposterous! There was not as strong a story line in this volume but I enjoyed learning ab [...]

    20. Sheila Sharp on said:

      ExcellentFull y fleshed out main characters and such a well done presentation of the horrors of early mental health tortures especially to women.

    21. Kristina on said:

      The Insanity of Murder by Felicity Young is a British historical mystery. It is the fourth book in the Dr. Dody McClelland series. Florence McCleland and Daphne sneak into Necropolis Railway Station to plant a bomb. They are setting it at night so no one gets hurt. They are planting the bomb to promote their cause. Florence and Daphne are suffragettes and follow Christabel Pankhurst (she believed in using violence to further the cause). They notice a sleeping woman (they looked like she was asle [...]

    22. Cleo Bannister on said:

      Set in the early twentieth century this series featuring the fictional character, Dr Dody McCleland, who works under the forensic scientist Bernard Spilsbury. The Insanity of Murder is set in 1913, with war already looming on the horizon and the cause for women to be allowed more say over their own lives, and most importantly to gain the right to vote were reported in the news.This mystery starts with Dody’s sister Florence setting a bomb at the Necropolis railway station (something that I’d [...]

    23. Erica Parker on said:

      I’ve, of course, mentioned before how I have spent part of this summer branching out in regards to my reading. There are so many genres I’ve essentially completely ignored during the course of my reading life and I’m trying to rectify that and, perhaps, even find some new literary loves.I took a journey into the cozy mystery with Felicity Young’s “The Insanity of Murder.” I actually find myself to be a little stuck regarding my feelings towards the novel. First, mysteries in and of t [...]

    24. Olivia Ard on said:

      This was a great read! I didn't realize until after I requested the title that it was fourth in a series, so I wasn't sure I would be able to follow, but the author did a great job of making it accessible to readers who didn't have the information from the previous three books. It was entertaining, and I almost immediately cared about Dody, Pike, and Florence. Even though I have a degree in history, I don't know much about this period of British history, so reading this book was an almost educat [...]

    25. MsFolio on said:

      This is #4 in the Dody McLelland series by Felicity Young, but only the second that I have read. After reading the first in the series and rating it well, I was keen to read another and took advantage of a pre-order offer to purchase this volume. Maybe that was the mistake. Reading this book I was bored with Dr McLelland and even more bored with her sister. I suspect that this might be because the author is getting bored with her characters. There certainly was not that spark of excitement that [...]

    26. Andrea on said:

      I didn't enjoy this one. It was very Florence-heavy, and I'm quite sick of that character. It seemed like we were supposed to feel sorry for her because (view spoiler)[she had to spend a few days in jail after blowing up a building, desecrating corpses, and nearly killing a person? The gets released because of her connections (hide spoiler)]? There was also a huge plot hole that wasn't addressed in the book, and doesn't appear to be addressed in the next - (view spoiler)[why didn't Florence have [...]

    27. Shea on said:

      This Dody McCleland mystery was full of intrigue and historical details which I love. I found the information on the treatment of women considered "insane" both horrifying and fascinating. Women were subjected to barbaric procedures all in the name of science. However, as someone with a science background I also see the value of experimentation which often involves risk. Dody and Pike's relationship is progressing and I look forward to seeing what they decide. I will anxiously await the next nov [...]

    28. Angel Hatfield on said:

      **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**Florence and Daphne were co-conspirators at the Necropoles Railway. Daphne was a nurse. Florence's sister was an autopsy surgeon. Florence and Daphne planted a simple bomb in an office at the Necropoles Railway. Things went wrong. I read half this book and couldn't finish it. It just couldn't hold my interest for any length of time.

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