Rest Without Peace

20 Sep

You can make some great finds at secondhand book shops and opportunity shops. My latest discovery was “Rest Without Peace”.

“Rest Without Peace” is a novel of the horrific crimes of Burke and Hare. In 1828 body snatching was the crime of the time with fresh corpses needed for dissection at the teaching hospitals. After selling the body of one of his lodgers to recover owed rent, William Hare, along with his neighbour and friend, William Burke, realize that there is quite a bit of money to be made in selling corpses. It doesn’t take them long to come to the conclusion that the best and quickest way to have a steady supply of the product is to create their own.

Written by historical novelist Elizabeth Byrd and originally published in 1974, “Rest Without Peace” stands the test of time.

Well researched and well written, the characters just flow off the page. The dialects used by the characters read smoothly and adds a sense of realism to the characters.

The characters are vibrant and the story fairly races along. I didn’t so much read the book as devour it.

The book is, alas, out of print, but copies are available via ABE Books if of interest: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF--home--Results&an=Elizabeth+Byrd&tn=Rest+Without+Peace&kn=&isbn=

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