"Circle of Shadows," is the fourth book by Imogen Robertson, following on from, "Instruments of Darkness," "Anatomy of Murder,"and "Island of Bones."
The book features returning sleuths, Gabriel Crowther, forensic pathologist, and Harriet Westerman, a woman of means, who are summoned to the Duchy of Maulberg in Germany to save one Daniel Clode, who has been arrested for the murder of Lady Martesen.
The fact that the accused is the brother -in-law of Harriet adds an extra impetus to their investigations as they begin to unravel the clues, including the discovery that some earlier deaths, hitherto thought to have occurred naturally or through suicide are concluded to be murder.
There are false trails and distractions, but remain fixed in your seat, follow the hints and read on!
As with her other books, Imogen Robertson, manages to capture a 'real feel' for the time and possesses a great capacity to create an authentic, exciting atmosphere, as the story unfolds, revealing the involvement of secret societies, who may be conspiring against the state.
It is an excellent story, providing the reader with the perfect opportunity to savour an expertly structured thriller, escape to the eighteenth century and along with the intrepid Gabriel Crowther and Harriet Westerman, solve the mystery.
I have now reached the point, where I look forward with great anticipation to each new book in the series and "Circle of Shadows," does not disappoint, maintaining the high standard set in her earlier novels.
Find a quiet spot in your favourite chair, put your phone on 'silent' and enjoy!