#AA2019 Nominees Roundup, August 22 Edition

Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney, read by Saskia Maarleveld
Harper Collins Publishers and Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
ISBN: 978-1488253775                                                                                                        

Partially inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic, Frankenstein, this is the story of American Elizabeth Lavenza, as she starts her first year at Scotland’s Ingold school as its only female medical student.  The year is 1901, soon after the Battle of Blood River Poort during the Second Boer War.

Elizabeth encounters misunderstanding and even antipathy from some male students, as well as pushback from professors, but does meet two true male friends.  During visits to one of the school’s laboratories, she also gets to know Victor Frankenstein, a former student who has been transformed into something other than human.  Ingold is known for creating “Bio-Mechanicals” by reanimating cadavers, but the circumstances of Victor’s death are suspicious.  Elizabeth and Victor must keep the extent of their interactions and Victor’s returning cognitive and verbal abilities a secret due to his real concerns about the professors’ ethics and motives.

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