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The Gardens of the Dead by William Brodrick

The Gardens of the Dead

by William Brodrick

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This starts with the death of a QC, Elizabeth Glendenning. But, knowing her death might be approaching, she has put a number of things in motion, to draw her old colleague at Chambers, Anslem (now a monk), into finish the unraveling she's started. It gets a bit convoluted, and explores that area between black & white, where things are morally in shades of grey. A bit like life, it doesn't have a happy ending, it just has a point at which the story ceases to be told. Very intriguing. ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 31, 2013 |
Father Anselm is pulled into a mystery when an old friend dies. The friend, Elizabeth Glendinning, laid the groundwork for solving the case, step by step. It involves old history, as well as the current events of several key people. It twisted through the plot turns quite easily, though it tended to drag here and there. I didn't solve the mystery until Father Anselm did so I really needed to finish the book. And finish it I did, and was satisfied with its twists and turns, and especially satisfied with the ending. ( )
  maedb | Dec 28, 2010 |
Number 2 in the Father Anselm series.
  OSLCTopeka | Oct 14, 2010 |
Mr Brodrick's first novel, "The Sixth Lamentation" was so fabulous that it is perhaps inevitable that his second book is a bit of a disappointment. It is nevertheless a good thriller and readers will be delighted to see his character, Father Anselm, solving another mystery. Brodrick's characters are never simply good or evil. Even the villains struggle for redemption in their own way and the characters are complex and finely drawn.
In this book, Father Anselm, learns of the sudden death of Elizabeth Glendinning, a former colleague and friend from his days practicing law. Ms Glendinning was obsessed with a former criminal case and leaves a key to a safety deposit box and various written instructions to Anselm. Anselm is charged with finishing the investigation started by Elizabeth. His search takes him through the sinister heart of London and the the inner workings of the courts of England. ( )
  bhowell | Sep 6, 2009 |
The Gardens of the Dead by William Brodrick is his second novel. Although this book is a page turner I felt it was rather disjointed in parts. I had to backtrack a few times to make sure I was following the plot and the timeline is occasionally confusing. But on the whole I thought the book was pretty good.

See my blog for more details. ( )
  BooksPlease | Jul 16, 2009 |
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In his acclaimed debut, The Sixth Lamentation, William Brodrick introduced one of the mystery genre’s most indelible heroes: Father Anselm, English barrister-turned-monk. Marking his triumphant return, The Gardens of the Dead begins with the unexpected death of a former colleague of Anselm’s who had reopened an old case—one in which Anselm featured prominently. The monk, soon immersed in a mystery that sheds light on the darkest corners of London’s judicial system, finds himself confronting age-old questions: What is justice? What, ultimately, is evil? Psychologically complex and suspenseful, this atmospheric novel establishes William Brodrick as a singular writing talent.

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When Elizabeth Glendinning QC dies of a sudden heart attack while making a desperate phone call to the police, her colleagues and family are devastated and mystified. What was she doing in east London at the time of her death, and what was she trying to tell Inspector Cartwright in her last phone call?… (more)

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