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The Corpse Queen

By: Heather M. Herrman
Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
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Publisher's Summary

“Deliciously macabre and utterly decadent.” (Kerri Maniscalco, number one New York Times best-selling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper)

In this dark and twisty feminist historical mystery, 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 17-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 a maid 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.

©2021 Heather M. Herrman (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A 2023 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
A 2022 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Stylishly smart and macabre, the story . . . sparkle[s] with class-defying friendships and warmth. Part mystery, part thriller, and part family discovery, this is a delicious horror story from which the reader can’t look away.” —Booklist, starred review

“This historical thriller is dark, twisty, and perfect for a spooky fall read.” —Buzzfeed

Dark. Glittering. Dangerous. The Corpse Queen is deliciously macabre and utterly decadent. Like a well-placed scalpel, Molly’s sharp mind and cool determination in a male-dominated world will slip under your skin and snip at your heartstrings. A cinematic story cleverly plotted and intoxicatingly addictive; I gulped it down in one sitting.” —Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper 

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i love it, not what I expected.

i love it, not what I expected. i would highly recommend this book. i very good read

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Great Story Great Performance !

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. - Via Amazon

I really liked the authors first book Consumption so I was interested to see if a second book would be as good. It wasn’t, it was better. An engaging read with lavish language and interesting characters. It was easy to get lost in this world Heather Herrman created. Highly Recommend!

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So glad I took a chance

This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. I was sure that I would like it at first, but instantly was hooked. If you love that macabre and morbid … this book is for you.

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I couldn’t stop reading this book. Amazing storytelling and awesome plot twist at the end. Do yourself a favor and read it!

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Loved it!

Smart and macabre, especially loved the author's notes at the end. Easily in my top 5 audiobooks!

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Fast-Paced and Fun!

This story kept me guessing with lots of twists and turns, and I was very surprised by the ending. I also loved the beautiful writing, which was complemented perfectly by the audiobook's great narration. I both read and listened to this book and enjoyed both. Perfect for a road-trip listen.