London in 1856 is gripped by a specimen-collecting craze, and discoveries in far-off jungles are reshaping the known world in terrible and unimaginable ways. When the glamorous Lady Bessingham is found murdered in her bedroom, surrounded by her vast collection of fossils and tribal masks, Professor Adolphus Hatton and his morgue assistant Albert Roumande are called in to examine the crime scene and the body. In the new science of forensic examinations they are unexcelled, but in their efforts to help Scotland Yard detective Inspector Adams track down the killer, Hatton and Roumande uncover a trail of murders linked to a packet of dangerously seditious letters, in this series debut by D.E. Meredith.
"Meredith's debut novel delves into the ugly secrets of that straight-laced time and believably renders life among the different social strata.... Strongly recommended for fans of historicals."—Library Journal