The Anatomy of Ghosts

  • by Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge: they say Jerusalem is haunted by Mrs. Whichcote's ghost. Frank Oldershaw claims he saw her in the garden, where she drowned. Now he's under the care of a physician. Desperate to salvage her son's reputation and restore him to health, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts, an attack on the existence of ghostly phenomena. But his powers of reason have other challenges. Dreams of his dead wife and Elinor, the Master's wife, haunt him. At the heart of it all is the mystery of what happened to Sylvia Whichcote in the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem.

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Spooky historical mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed this intelligent book which maintains a wonderful sense of tension throughout–Are there really ghosts? How do we understand the apparent ongoing presence in our lives of those who have died? Taylor manages to conclude his story quite satisfyingly–something that is tricky to do with this genre. Worthwhile read!
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- Diane

Interesting mystery with startling bawdiness!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I felt that the author was slightly non-committal with his choice of genre. I enjoyed the mystery of the story but the bawdiness of the text was so sporadic that it startled me at times. It's a bit jarring when the text isn't overall humorous.


Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Taylor? Why or why not?

Maybe. I'd give it a shot, but if I didn't love it then I would probably give up on this author.


What does John Telfer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He had amazing versatility with the characters' voices. It was as if I was hearing different actors for almost every character.


Did The Anatomy of Ghosts inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to look for better mystery stories.


Any additional comments?

This mystery was interesting, I was just hoping it would be more so. It isn't an awful book. It's a fun read, and should only be read as such.

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- Amanda "Probably reading something spooky..."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.