Out on December 27, 2011. Order now from Amazon and Kensington Books

Tessa Harris: novelist & journalist

What the critics say


A "densely plotted yarn about a crafty 18th-century poisoner wreaking havoc on the Oxfordshire estate of a noble family......we await — indeed, demand — the sequel."
New York Times

Harris’ research is meticulous. The results are a historical CSI with a romance and excellent mystery.
Romantic Times

Harris has more than a few tricks up her sleeve, and even veteran armchair puzzle solvers are likely to be surprised.
Publishers Weekly

The author will have you flipping the pages at each unexpected turn in the plot. The novel is an absorbing read with a shocking twist at the end.
Historical Novel Society


"Well-rounded characters, cleverly concealed evidence, and an assured prose style point to a long run for this historical series."
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“……excellent research and writing make this series a continuing fascination for historical mystery lovers.”
Romantic Times Top Pick

"Populated with real historical characters and admirably researched, Harris’s novel features a complex and engrossing plot. A touch of romance makes this sophomore outing even more enticing. Savvy readers will also recall Hilary Mantel's The Giant, O'Brien."
Library Journal


"A real-life natural disaster propels Harris’s excellent third Thomas Silkstone mystery...... Both literally and figuratively atmospheric, this will appeal to fans of Imogen Robertson’s series set during the same period. "
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"...filled with lively, believable characters..."
Barbara Clark, BookPage


“The exceptionally strong historical background in this 1780’s London-set novel makes it impossible to put down. Harris uses telling details to make readers feel part of the time. With each book, the mysteries have become stronger, and the subject of slavery in England lends a heartbreaking note to this novel. Silkstone is an admirable character and he captures readers’ emotional interest.”
RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick
"Conflicting attitudes toward slavery in Georgian England propel Harris’s stellar fourth historical starring American anatomist Thomas Silkstone .... Harris’s prose and characterizations have only become more assured."
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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