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Anatomy of murder by Imogen Robertson

Anatomy of murder (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Imogen Robertson

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Title:Anatomy of murder
Authors:Imogen Robertson
Info:London : Headline Review, 2010.
Collections:Your library, Fiction, off the list, 2012 Fiction

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A Dickensian romp through 1781 London. This installment of the Westerman/Crowther series finds the odd couple in London as Mrs. Westerman's husband tries to recover from a traumatic brain injury. Recruited by the Admiralty's spy master, the duo investigate the seemingly minor murder of a gossipy musician.

As in the first novel [Instruments of Darkness], part of the fun is watching how Imogene Robertson weaves together subplots and social details in a manner reminiscent of Dickens. Both high and low society come into play as an assassin stalks London. ( )
  barlow304 | Oct 14, 2014 |
If you haven’t yet discovered Imogen Robertson and her amateur sleuths Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther, the perfect time is now. Anatomy of Murder is the second installment of this series which takes place in 1780’s England. Harriet is the wife of a ship’s captain who, after years of sailing beside her husband, is now a stay-at-home mom. Once again enlisting the help of the anti-social anatomist Crowther, Harriet has been sought out by a government official to explain the death of a man found floating in the Thames. This investigation will take them into the world of Opera in search of just what this death has to do with the Franco-American Treaty and how, exactly, Captain Westerman is involved. You can read the first book, Instruments of Darkness, now. Then, adventures continue, exposing the secret past of Gabriel Crowther, in the October release of Island of Bones.
(This review was originally written for Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore) ( )
  retropelocin | Dec 19, 2013 |
First Line: Captain Westerman was in his cabin reading the letter from his wife for the fourth time when he heard the officer of the morning watch ring Six Bells.

It's 1781, and Harriet Westerman finds herself in London. Her husband, a ship's captain, has been very seriously injured while capturing a French vessel, and Harriet needs to be near him during his recuperation.

She and the reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther have become famous (or infamous) as amateur detectives for solving the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, which occurred in the first book of the series, Instruments of Darkness. The British government requests their skills as detectives in investigating the death of a man whose body was pulled from the Thames. Harriet's presence at her husband's bedside is doing him no good. Since the doctor tells her to occupy her time in some other fashion-- and because "requests" from the government can seldom be ignored-- the team of Crowther and Westerman find themselves unraveling a plot filled with spies and betrayal.

Once again author Imogen Robertson immerses the reader in the England of the late eighteenth century. The setting, the time period, and the plot are all engrossing, but as with any high calibre mystery, the characters are what lift everything to a more lofty, enjoyable plane. We meet Harriet's husband, Harriet can now be seen as an anxious wife, and the hermit-like Gabriel Crowther is slowly becoming used to Harriet, her family, and just dealing with the general populace. (When you've avoided the public for years, it can take a while to get reacquainted.) Robertson's characters are anything but static and one-dimensional; things happen to them, they grow, and they change. Put this interesting cast in the middle of a genuinely puzzling investigation, and you experience a little bit of mystery reading nirvana.

If you're a fan of historical mysteries, strong characters, intriguing plots, and a rich, almost Dickensian setting, I'd advise you to read Imogen Robertson's Crowther and Westerman series. ( )
  cathyskye | Feb 20, 2013 |
The purchase of this book was a lucky accident. It caught my eye at the book store and I have a new series to love.

Harriet Westerman is the wife of a Commander of the Royal Navy during the time of the American Revolution and a lucky capture of a French vessel has set them up comfortably. A bad piece of luck, however, her husband was struck in the head and has not been able to regain his memories. While he is recuperating in an asylum, Harriett and her children are staying in the house of a very young Lady Susan, orphan and a continuing story from the first episode of the series.

Harriet's comrade-in-arms is Gabriel Crowther, a man with a mysterious past which included a passion for autopsies and dissection, very handy in murder investigations.

Another character, Jocaste Bligh, is a poor, illiterate woman who reads Tarot cards for a living. She is following a different investigation that ends up meshing with the first. Hopefully, she will return in more stories as she was equally as interesting.

The two murder investigations alternate in shorter and shorter chapters as the action gets more and more intense. It made for a riveting read. ( )
  mamzel | Jan 6, 2013 |
The second in the Westerman and Crowther series in which the intrepid, and somewhat eccentric, duo are set to solving murders and revealing a spy-ring at work in late 18th Century England. ( )
  thejohnsmith | Jun 18, 2012 |
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The streets of London seethe with rumor and conspiracy as the King's Navy battles the French at sea. And while the banks of the Thames swarm with life, a body is dragged from its murky waters. In another part of town, where the air seems sweeter, the privileged enjoy a brighter world of complacent wealth and intoxicating celebrity. But as society revels in its pleasures, a darker plot is played out. Yet some are willing to look below the surface to the unsavoury depths. Mrs Harriet Westerman believes passionately in justice. Reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther is fascinated by the bones beneath the skin. Invited to seek the true nature of the dead man, they risk censure for an unnatural interest in murder. But when the safety of a nation is at stake, personal reputation must give way to the pursuit of reason and truth. -- Amazon.com
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Amateur detectives in Georgian England, Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther investigate the drowning of a man in the Thames and discover that he may have been part of a plot to betray England's secrets to France.

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