The Silent House of Sleep by Allan Gaw

The Silent House of Sleep is the first book in a gripping new series featuring pathologist Dr Jack Cuthbert. In 1929, two bodies are discovered in the same grave in a London park, but as the investigation proceeds it becomes clear that they did not die at the same time. What follows is an unusual and gruesome murder plot that takes all of the pathologist’s skill to unravel. DI Franklin of Scotland Yard is not normally a fan of pathologists, but slowly comes to respect Dr Cuthbert’s expertise.

Jack Cuthbert is a flawed and nuanced character. In flashbacks to Edinburgh when he was a medical student before the war, and during WW1 when he volunteered after his friend was killed early in the conflict, we learn what made him decide to become a pathologist, and this gives us greater understanding of what drives him. It is obvious that a lot of research has gone into this novel, the characters are well developed and completely convincing, and the period detail is spot on. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this fascinating series.