Title: The Doctor of Broad Street: A Victorian Tale of Murder and Malady
Author: Katherine Tansley
Rating: 4/5 stars
Category: General Fiction; Historical Fiction
With history, mystery, and romance, The Doctor of Broad Street has it all! Katherine Tansley invites you into 19th Century London to follow a local doctor through the streets soon plagued by cholera. One of the elements of this book that I find most outstanding is Tansley’s depiction of the setting. She eloquently describes the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, allowing the reader to vividly imagine the streets of Soho, London in 1854. The book is also well researched and enlightens the reader about an actual cholera epidemic, real medical views held at the time, as well as some of the historical figures present at the time. Weaved into the dynamic setting, are tales of a murder and a budding romance. I did find myself having a little bit of difficulty attaching to the characters very deeply, at least during the first half or so of the book (and this could totally be on the part of just me the reader, because Tansley does give insights, backgrounds, and personal thoughts to characterize the protagonist). I also found some of the information presented and some of the initial patient visits occasionally a little repetitive. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book! Katherine Tansley is a very talented writer, and in addition to enjoying her writing style, setting, and story, I feel like I learned a lot! I definitely recommend this book to other readers, especially lovers of historical fiction!