The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman


In this dark and twisty feminist historical thriller, a teenage girl starts a new life as a grave robber but quickly becomes entangled in a murderer’s plans.

Soon after her best friend Kitty mysteriously dies, orphaned seventeen-year-old Molly Green is sent away to live with her “aunt.” With no relations that she knows of, Molly assumes she has been sold as free domestic labor for the price of an extra donation in the church orphanage’s coffers. Such a thing is not unheard of. There are only so many options for an unmarried girl in 1850s Philadelphia. Only, when Molly arrives, she discovers her aunt is very much real, exceedingly wealthy, and with secrets of her own. Secrets and wealth she intends to share–for a price.

Molly’s estranged aunt Ava, has built her empire by robbing graves and selling the corpses to medical students who need bodies to practice surgical procedures. And she wants Molly to help her procure the corpses. As Molly learns her aunt’s trade in the dead of night and explores the mansion by day, she is both horrified and deeply intrigued by the anatomy lessons held at the old church on her aunt’s property. Enigmatic Doctor LaValle’s lessons are a heady mixture of knowledge and power and Molly has never wanted anything more than to join his male-only group of students. But the cost of inclusion is steep and with a murderer loose in the city, the pursuit of power and opportunity becomes a deadly dance.

My Review:

The Corpse Queen was a very unique read. Something very different than I normally would read. A story about people fighting over corpses for profit. The crazy thing it might have had happen back in the day. People would do anything for money. I was mostly drawn to this read of the cover. A coffin and shovel fits the story.

Molly the main character is a innocent orphan. When she finds her friend dead, she gets whisk away by a long lost aunt. Little did she known she be working for the Corpse Queen. While she is working, she tries to solve her friend murder, and discover she rather be a doctor.

This book was a very realistic read on how hard for a woman to become doctors in a man’s world. What I read really could have happened back in the day for us I think. I’m really surprised how much I liked this book, since not a huge historical reader. I’m glad I gave it a chance. It was very well written, glory and lots of bodies. This read as a stand alone so no major cliffhangers. Just some crazy twists along the way.

Happy Reading!!!

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