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Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson

Instruments of Darkness (2009)

by Imogen Robertson

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I read the whole series beginning with this book - 4 in all so far (2015). Really enjoyed them all. For a relatively young author, Imogen Robertson, writes like a real master. Great language, authentic atmosphere, interesting characters and good suspense. Everything you could want in a historical murder mystery. Can't wait to read further books in this series. ( )
  MitchMcCrimmon | Apr 27, 2018 |
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! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
I had many problems with this book, and I'm so disappointed because I wanted to love it. My first problem was being unable to connect to the two main characters. Another problem was the constant shifts between the three stories; I can usually handle two different story threads, but three just breaks my attention and makes me want to put down the book and not pick it back up again. Also the murderer was very obvious to me and it was frustrating that no one else in the book seemed to see it.

From the other reviews I have read, my complaints with this book are not the norm so if you enjoy historical mysteries you may want to still give this one a go. As for me, I won't be reading further books in the series. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
I read to page 17 and quit. There were two many parallel plots going on and the writing was pretty dull. I may pick it up again some day but right now I'm reading other, more interesting mysteries so Im going to continue with those for now.
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
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 |
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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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