Murder by Degrees

S. & S. Audio. Oct. 2023. 8:07 hrs. ISBN 9781797164519. $19.99. M
Practicing physician Mukerji debuts with a captivating historical mystery set in 1875 Philadelphia, rife with socioeconomic disparity and few options for those in need. Dr. Lydia Weston teaches and practices at the Woman’s Medical College, an institution dedicated to serving the working class. Many do not approve of women working in medicine, arguing that they are too emotional, but Lydia labors tirelessly to prove them wrong. When the body of her patient Anna Ward is pulled from the Schuylkill River, the death is ruled a suicide, but Lydia’s inquiries during the autopsy suggest otherwise. Lydia embarks upon her own investigation, seeking out employers and friends of the victim to find the truth. Soon she discovers long-hidden secrets, several more murders, an extortion plot, and a deadly obsession. Gabra Zackman narrates with skill, providing multiple voices and accents. She perfectly captures the suspenseful atmosphere and vividly describes stratifications in wealth and social status. Listeners will appreciate her dignified portrait of the well-educated and committed Lydia.
VERDICT Listeners will find much to love in this story that weaves social commentary and descriptions of period medical practices into a taut mystery. Mukerji is an author to watch.
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