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REVIEW: The Insanity of Murder by Felicity Young


Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: AUS Impulse
Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Formats Available: Kindle


Another 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.

MY RATING: 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚

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 educational experience. I was prompted to look up and research some of the elements mentioned in the story about the treatment of women and the insane. I was hoping these elements were fabricated or exaggerated, but sadly they were not. It’s always a good thing to be reminded about how far we have come as a society, but it’s hard to imagine such horrors being propagated just a little over a hundred years ago in a “civilized” country.

I’m definitely putting the other Dody McCleland books on my To-Read list and hope to see more titles released by this author soon. I would definitely recommend this series for anyone who enjoys historical fiction or mystery.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Felicity was born in Germany and attended boarding school in the UK while her parents travelled the world with the British army. She thinks the long boring plane trips home played an important part in helping her to develop her creative imagination.

Felicity settled with her parents in Western Australia in 1976, became a nurse, married young and had three children. Not surprisingly, it took ten years to complete an Arts degree (English lit) at UWA.

In 1990 Felicity and her family moved to a small farm 40 kilometers NE of Perth where she established a Suffolk sheep stud, reared orphan kangaroos and embarked upon a life of crime writing.



Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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