The Butchered Man

General Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

By Harriet Smart

Publisher : SilverWood Books

ABOUT Harriet Smart

Harriet Smart
Harriet Smart was born and brought up in Birmingham. She attended the University of St Andrews, where she read Art History, and then married a fellow student. She now lives with her family in Edinburgh, with a view of the Castle from her study window. Harriet has published four historical  More...



Northminster, 1840: a once-picturesque cathedral city, where dirty smokestacks now rival ancient spires. When workmen make the shocking discovery of a mutilated corpse in a ditch outside the ancient walls, Giles Vernon and Felix Carswell are charged with solving the case. Intelligent and practical, Chief Constable Major Vernon has transformed the old city watch into a modern police force, and he throws himself into the investigation with the same energy. But as he probes a murky world of professional gamblers and jilted lovers, he is drawn into a dangerous emotional game which threatens to undermine his authority.

Newly-qualified police surgeon Felix Carswell is determined to make his way in the world on his own terms despite being the bastard son of prominent local grandee, Lord Rothborough. Called to treat a girl in an asylum for reformed prostitutes, what he uncovers there brings him into conflict with his new employer, Vernon, and throws the case into disarray. 

Together they must overcome their differences and find the brutal truth behind the mystery of The Butchered Man.


The Butchered Man is the first Northminster Mystery, featuring intrepid early-Victorian detectives Vernon and Carswell.


"Historical objects are precisely and lovingly observed, and the author's awareness of changing styles and the symbolism of fashion is excellent." Phillipa Gregory, The Sunday Times, reviewing A Garland of Vows

"Smart's characters have a feel of authentic life and move in and out of a backdrop which cunningly incorporates political change, trade union rebellion, suffragette noise and good food." Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times, reviewing Green Grow the Rushes