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The Scent of Murder by [Young, Felicity]
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Length: 243 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The third Dr Dody McCleland mystery ... Agatha Christie meets Phryne Fisher.

'If a black dog appears along the old corpse way, the route a funeral procession takes to the churchyard, it is thought to be escorting the dead soul to the afterlife. A black dog sighting without a funeral procession, however, is supposed to foreshadow death.'

For Doctor Dody McCleland, the unearthing of an ancient skeleton in a dry riverbed is a welcome break from the monotony of chaperoning her younger sister at a country house near the isolated hamlet of Piltdown. But when she begins her analysis of the bones, Britain's first female autopsy surgeon discovers they are much more recent - and they are the result of murder. With Chief Inspector Matthew Pike's help Dody begins to investigate.

Soon she finds herself pitted against ugly traditionalism, exploitation, spectral dogs, a ghostly hunt and a series of events that not only threaten her belief in scientific rationalism, but threaten her life itself.

'A classic, with fluid and atmospheric storytelling ... Young's skilful narration captivates and intrigues. Her medical knowledge provides a veracity that brings the action alive. there is romance, suspense, fleeting glimpses of the supernatural and exploration of the good and truly evil in human nature ... The Scent of Murder incorporates memorable characters, immersed in an interesting historical period, with love and tragedy intertwined. It has sentiment without sentimentality.' WEST AUSTRALIAN

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 February 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A worthy conclusion to one of the best written crime series I've ever read. I loved the characters and the precise historical detail. The Scent of Murder made me feel as if I were there,
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Thoroughly enjoyed this historic who done it. A page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Historical Crime Novel 12 March 2014
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I loved everything about The Scent of Murder, from the endearing, quirky-edged forensic surgeon Doctor Dody Mc Cleland, to the poor heart-of-gold workhouse girl, Edie. Felicity Young is truly a conjurer, a magician with words, who manages to weave a exceptional mystery, and also has the reader, right there — at Fitzgibbon Hall, England, 1912. So much so, that at times I felt like an intruder looking over Dody’s shoulder as she diligently begins to unravel a murder, or two. To read this novel is be transform back in time, to an era of superstition and gross inequality, of wealth and dire poverty, of the loved and unloved. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Keep 'Em Coming! 24 May 2014
By Tara - Published on
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Yet another awesome installment in this series. I liked this one even more than the last. In this story, my favorite historical medical examiner is on a vacation that goes terribly awry…in the form of a set of bones, a lord up to no good with the ladies, and a workhouse where bad things are happening to poor children. It’s Dr. Dody to the rescue.

And we mustn’t forget about Pike. Her love interest, the inspector, is back, and with him he brings the early days of gun forensics/ballistics. It’s obvious to me that the author did a massive amount of research for this story and I appreciate it. I love to learn new things while being entertained and this book did not disappoint. I not only learned the early method of ballistics, but also got an eye-opening look at life in the workhouse for unprotected children.

Ms. Young doesn’t stop there though. In this installment she also tackles sexual assault and its aftereffects on the victims.

It’s history, mystery, a pinch of romance, and a dash of education in one exciting novel. And at the heart of it is an incredibly strong and admirable heroine. Please, publisher, keep this series coming, and do continue to make it available to us in the U.S., even if only on Kindle. I enjoyed this immensely. I probably don’t have to add that it is extremely well written, but there you go.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical mystery! 4 September 2016
By Brenda Telford - Published on
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Doctor Dody McCleland and her sister Florence were residing at a country house near Piltdown when bones were discovered by Tristram, young master of the house and Florence’s beau. At first thought to be ancient, Dody’s autopsy discovered they were instead the bones of a young woman, whose death would have occurred within the past ten years – but it was the discovery that the death was murder which set in motion the events of the following weeks.

With Chief Inspector Matthew Pike by her side, Dody began the investigation. Their resultant discoveries shocked them both – from ghostly hauntings, black dogs and superstitions that were rife in the area, to the inclusion of the workhouse, orphans and corruption within the local constabulary, the danger to Dody, Pike and Florence was immediate…

The Scent of Murder by Aussie author Felicity Young is the third in the Dr Dody McCleland series and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The deepening relationship between Dody and Pike continued; and Florence, with the sisters being out of London, is seen in a different light in this episode. The Scent of Murder is a great historical mystery which I loved and highly recommend.
4.0 out of 5 stars Old bones and old secrets 11 September 2015
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This third installment in the excellent series featuring Edwardian autopsy surgeon Dody McCleland is just as good as the first two. Dody accompanies her suffragette sister Florence and her new beau Tristam to a long weekend at his family's country estate. Tristam is very excited about Dody's presence as he wants her to examine some bones he found in a clay bed on the estate as he believes they might be even older that the bones of Piltdown man recently found nearby. However, when Dody discovers that the bones are much more recent the police are called in and Dody's lover, Inspector Matthew Pike becomes involved in the investigation.
Dody and Pike must use all their cleverness to uncover the secrets and corruption hidden amongst the residents of the estate and the small town of Piltdown. There are also strange goings-on at the local poorhouse which come to light and highlight the inequalities of the way society treated women and the poor and homeless at the time. I enjoy the way that the author supports her commentary on Edwardian society with excellent research and use of actual historical figures.
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road historical mystery 21 February 2017
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Unfortunately this was nowhere near as good as I had hoped it would be. It took me quite a while to get into it, though I'm not sure if some of that might have been because it is book 3 in a series I have not read before and was therefore not already invested in the central characters. The story picked up for me about halfway through and held my attention better but it never really reeled me in. While I love that Dody was self-reliant enough to save herself from danger and disaster more than once in the story and wasn't a damsel in distress, I still didn't end up feeling any kind of lasting connection with her, Pike, or her sister Florence. I think I will take a pass on the rest of the series.

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