Madeline Karno is the daughter of the coroner in a small French village in 1894. When seventeen-year-old Cecile Montaigne is found dead, her parents refuse to allow an autopsy, but from a surface examination, no cause of death is evident. However, in the young woman's nostrils, Madeline's father discovers a type of parasite usually found in dogs.
Madeline is only allowed to assist her father in small ways because his work is not considered suitable for women. In fact, even he is affected by social views of his work as a pathologist, and despite Madeline's interest in science, he keeps her secluded from some aspects of his work.
When the priest who kept vigil over the girl's body is murdered more questions arise, and Madeline seeks answers.
I mentioned this book a while back, but wanted to mention it again closer to publication. If you like historical mysteries, you may want to add this one to your list. It has some unexpected twists. And although the book is complete in itself, there is a final development that makes me eager to discover what lies ahead for Madeline.
From my previous post: Lene Kaaberbol is the co-author of several novels with journalist Agnete Friis, including The Boy in the Suitcase which won a number of awards:
The New York Times Book Review Notable Crime Book of 2011; Strand Magazine Critics Award Nominee; Indie Next List November 2011 Pick; Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel; Harald Morgensen Award for Best Danish Thriller of the Year; Glass Key Crime Fiction Award Nominee
She has also written a number of children's fantasy novels and won the Nordic Children's Book Prize in 2004.I was surprised to see that she has written so much for children.
Read in December. Blog post scheduled for Jan. 25, 2015.
Historical Mystery. Feb. 17, 2015. Print version: 304 pages.