Hester's working in a hospital, subbing for a sick friend. Two brothers, a doctor and a chemist, are researching blood transfusions, though it takes a while for that to be clear. Interesting background material on the history of transfusions. An obnoxious but wealthy patient and his overdependent daughter don't care where the blood comes from that seems to be curing his "white blood" disease. When Hester's curiosity and interest in the subject gets too much for the chemist, he kidnaps her, taking the patient, the daughter, and the children from whom he's taking the blood, and continues his work. Monk is frantic, but ultimately he and his friends find and rescue her. An interesting topic, though the kidnapping part is a bit overblown as a plot device. An early subplot about a man who seems to have known Monk before his accident, causes the death of Monk's mentor and friend in the River Police, when he bleeds to death. This ties in with the need for the research that's being done, though unethically.
Always a good read. I find her social settings very interesting. You learn so much about how it was to live in the time of the book settings, across classes.
Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors. I have read almost everything she has only disappointed me once.
I agree with Granola72; a bit more background into blood transfusion experiments of the era would have been helpful. Another great story which mostly focuses on Hester. A great read.
I think this was one of Anne Parry's best books. Maybe because I used to be a nurse and am interested in medical things. Hester Monk is kidnapped and forced to help treat an obnoxious patient at the expense of three small children whose blood was taken for his treatment.
I would have liked a bit of factual background on blood transfusion as an afterword. Did I miss it or was there no approximate date suggested in the story? I could look it up but Anne Perry usually does a good job in this regard. I'd like to have known because during WWI a Canadian pioneered the use of blood transfusions in the field that used stored blood.
Another great story about William Monk and Hester. This one is much more focused on Hester but all the usual suspects are involved. I found the medical plot very interesting. I didn't realized that Victorian medicine was as advanced as it was (although of course it was still pretty basic). Hester is a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the series.
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