The Dody McCleland series feature Britain's first (fictitious) female autopsy surgeon, Doctor Dody McCleland,
and Scotland Yard detective, Chief Inspector Matthew Pike.
The books are set in Edwardian London during a tumultuous time of technological and social change.
Dody McCleland's background is that of Felicity's paternal grandmother,
at the time one of only a handful of female graduates of Trinity College, Dublin.
Much of the Fabian colour in the books was inspired by her memoirs - View excerpt..