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3.0 out of 5 stars Decidedly middle of the road, 12 Jun 2011
This review is from: Instruments of Darkness (Paperback)
I think that Imogen Robertson must have a very good publicist - having read this book very quickly over the weekend, the conclusion that I have come to is that whilst it isn't a bad story, it's not a great story either. I can't think what Tess Gerritsen was thinking of when she endorsed the book with the comment 'chillingly memorable and an extraordinary thriller'. Only if you have never read one before.

The story is set in the 1700s and begins with the discovery of a body in the woods on land belonging to Mrs Harriet Westerman and her husband, Captain Westerman. Captain Westerman is at sea and Harriet is a spirited young woman whose sense of justice is challenged by the way in which the community deals with the mystery of the dead body. Gabriel Crowther, a dedicated anatomist, lives close at hand and Harriet engages him in her pursuit of the truth, against the advice of the local squire, who wants an easy life. More deaths follow and a trail leads back to Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex and also the neighbours of the Westermans. Harriet is unstoppable - and eventually, of course, the truth is discovered.

I found this to be an unchallenging read - decidedly middle of the road, with a feminine touch that means that many men will probably find this book unreadable. It's a good book to read when you're tired, and want to escape the world for a short while - and this is one reason to recommend it. However, I think that 'The Times' got it right with a very uncommitted endorsement: 'an extremely impressive debut'.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2012 13:32:45 GMT
red valerian says:
The book is by Imogen ROBERTSON, not Crowther.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012 16:33:33 GMT
Scholastica says:
Thank you - what an ignoramus I am. I wonder who Imogen Crowther is...
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