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Instruments of Darkness: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Imogen Robertson

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Title:Instruments of Darkness: A Novel
Authors:Imogen Robertson
Info:Penguin (2011), Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Collections:Your library, eText
Tags:Fiction, Historical Mystery, England, Georgian, 18th Century, 1774-1780, eBook, Kindle, 2012 Read

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Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson (2009)


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Good summer read, and excellent narrator. Story kept me engaged, but seemed a little Hollywood in the end. Still, I would read another. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
It took me forever to read this book. I liked it but would not rush out to get more int the series. The mains characters I found rather annoying. They way they played off of each other was uncomfortable and didn't carry my interest. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
That's it, I'm throwing in the towel! The book is just so boring and I just hate to force myself to read something. I had enough of that when I studied thank you very much! ( )
1 vote | Feb 9, 2016 | edit |
While I liked the book in general--in particular the two main characters, I found the way it was written rather annoying in the constantly changing point of view. I know it was done to build up tension, but irritation was what it built up.
I would rather have had things worked out by those two, rather than having it revealed bit by bit on the side, with two other parallel stories.
I also found the starting point of the whole thing from years in the past rather unbelievable, given the station and usual relative balance of power between the two initiating characters. On the other hand, I suppose a claim could also be made that the force of personality of the one and lack of personality of the other might explain the initial basis of the story.
I would give this author another go. She writes well and seems to know her historical period. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
It was quite good read. I liked the characters and the plot. ( )
  Sarielle | Aug 10, 2014 |
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It’s a sensitive melodrama, investing almost every character with a dark and sometimes unsavory past, its plot filled with signet rings, wills, adventuresses, concealed letters and dissection, all set against the pleasantly unpleasant background of the Gordon Riots, which prodded a mob of Protestant Londoners into an anti-Catholic frenzy. The climax, as might be expected, involves a chase across the ravaged city to ensure that justice is done to the wronged and that the wrongdoers get their comeuppance.
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Gabriel Crowther
And friend Mrs Westerman
Uncover murder.
Idyllic Sussex
Village becomes hotspot for
Multiple murders.
An anatomist
And an English sailor's wife
Track down a killer.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 067002242X, Hardcover)

An intricate historical page-turner about a forbidding country estate and the unlikely forensic duo who set out to uncover its deadly secrets.

In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the willful mistress of a country manor in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds with a ring bearing the crest of Thornleigh Hall in his pocket. Not one to be bound by convention or to shy away from adventure, she recruits a reclusive local anatomist named Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer, and historical suspense's newest investigative duo is born.

For years, Mrs. Westerman has sensed the menace of neighboring Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex. It is the home of a once- great family that has been reduced to an ailing invalid, his whorish wife, and his alcoholic second son, a man haunted by his years spent as a redcoat in the Revolutionary War. The same day, Alexander Adams is slain by an unknown killer in his London music shop, leaving his children orphaned. His death will lead back to Sussex, and to an explosive secret that has already destroyed one family and threatens many others.

Instruments of Darkness combines the brooding atmosphere of Anne Perry with the complex, compelling detail of Tess Gerritsen, moving from drawing room to dissecting room, from coffee house to country inn. Mrs. Westerman and Mr. Crowther are both razor-sharp minds and their personalities breathe spirit into this gripping historical mystery.

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Discovering a dead neighbor from a menacing local estate, the unconventional Mrs. Westerman of 1780 Sussex enlists a reclusive local anatomist to uncover the family's secrets, which include ties to the American Revolution and links to the murder of a music shop owner.… (more)

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