The Devil's Breath

The Devil's Breath

Large Print - 2014 | Large Print edition
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England, 1783. A man staggers out of his cottage into the streets of Oxfordshire, shattering an otherwise peaceful evening with the terrible sight of his body shaking and heaving, eyes wild with horror. Many of the villagers believe the Devil himself has entered Joseph Makepeace, the latest victim of a "great fog" that darkens the skies over England like a Biblical plague. When Joseph's son and daughter are found murdered -- heads bashed in by a shovel -- the town's worst suspicions are confirmed: Evil is abroad, and needs to be banished. A brilliant man of science, Dr. Thomas Silkstone is not one to heed superstition. But when he arrives at the estate of the lovely widow Lady Lydia Farrell, he finds that it's not just her grain and livestock at risk. A shroud of mystery surrounds Lydia's lost child, who may still be alive in a workhouse. A natural disaster fills the skies with smoke and ash, clogging the lungs of all who breathe it in. And the grisly details of a father's crime compels Dr. Silkstone to look for answers beyond his medical books -- between the Devil and the deep blue sea...
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781410470195
Branch Call Number: LPF HAR NVD
Characteristics: 575 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Mar 07, 2014

The author has a great talent for getting the reader "involved". From the very first page you are thrown into 16th century England during a time of a sinister dark fog. I could almost feel myself getting breathless for lack of clean air. How are they ever going to get out of this?
Dr. Thomas Silkstone is the main character and very endearing......he keeps a pet rat in his lab. Things we can all relate to.
This was an intriguing read and a great who-done-it.

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