- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (22 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755372085
- ISBN-13: 978-0755372089
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Circle of Shadows (Crowther & Westerman 4) Paperback – 22 Nov 2012
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'Imogen Robertson mixes the crime and historical genres into an intriguing book that will keep you entertained from the first page to the last. She is certainly a name to be watched' (Yorkshire Gazette and Herald)
'Matchless storytelling, gripping and moving in equal measure. Addictive' (Nicci French)
'Chillingly memorable...an extraordinary thriller' (Tess Gerritsen)
This series, launched after Robertson won a Telegraph writing competition, continues to excel' (Daily Telegraph)
Cruel murder, dangerous lies and a poisonous truth: a fast-paced historical thriller in the bestselling tradition of CJ Sansom and Matthew PearlSee all Product Description
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The story takes them to Germany to 'rescue' Harriet's brother-in-law from the clutches of a German legal system which normally likes a clean cut ending to a murderer's conviction. Crowther and Harriet must thwart the German executioner which they do with remarkable ease and with the full compliance of the ruler of the small province within the German country.
But then the story begins to unfold as further bodies are discovered, some previously thought to be suicides or natural deaths but by dint of knowledge and intelligent guesswork, are proven, by our heroes, to be murder. So, the game's afoot as a somewhat sinister 'undercover agent' is also pursuing a group of people whom, it is believed, are intent of ruining the status quo in Germany and to eventually change the world order.
It seems a bit unfair to cast the Freemasons in this light though their secrective ways have led many to believe such matters might be going on, even today. I have no idea but, in the case before us, a breakaway group of radicals is certainly doing its best to eliminate people of influence in the Province.
Fortunately, the good people of the Province offer as much help as they can to Crowther and Harriet, not forgetting a coterie of friends who have accompanied them from England in the first instance.
I like these books. The slow pace of the investigation does not hinder the storyline.Read more ›
This was an unexpected page-turner which I devoured in a matter of days. This is already the fourth instalment in Imogen Robertson's series of historical murder mysteries featuring Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther, yet her name had never registered on my radar before. It is difficult to give a detailed review of this book, because I would risk inadvertently giving too much away, so suffice to say that I enjoyed it immensely. The characters are all very well drawn, and there is a fascinating personal dynamic at work here which goes back to previous novels. The central mystery is complex (involving alchemy, automata, poison, a confidence trickster and a secret society (and if one wanted to be critical, this was possibly just a little far-fetched)), but the reader is always reminded of the individual human stories and tragedies that make up the strands of the bigger picture. The author's style is fluent, the sense of atmosphere of the opulent court and the surrounding towns at the end of 18th-century Germany palpable. Based on the strength of this novel, I will definitely seek out her previous offerings. Recommended.
Harriet Westerman is a youngish, well to do widow with two small children. In the past she has, in company with Gabriel Crowther, a wealthy recluse whose hobby is the study of anatomy, solved a couple of major crimes. Her sister, Rachel, now recently married and on her wedding tour, has disapproved of her involvement, deeming it unfeminine. At this point, do not start thinking that Mrs Westerman is a feisty 21st Century feminist plonked down in the 18th Century. She is not. One of Imogen Robertson's great achievements is that she has recreated the 18th Century world view very accurately.
At the start of the book there is a short prologue depicting a seance. Remember what happens because it is important. Then we skip forward two years and find Mr Clode an apparent murderer and attempted suicide being interrogated by an official of a middle European dukedom. Mr Clode is Mrs Westerman's brother-in-law, visiting Maulberg as part of his wedding tour and partly to check on the huge financial interests held there by his employer, the infant Earl of Sussex. Mrs Westerman receives a letter from her sister begging for help. So, she, Mr Crowther and the Earl of Sussex's guardian, Mr Graves, set off to help her, taking Michaels from the village to act as interpreter, guide and general enabler.Read more ›
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After being a bit disappointed with island of bones, I was duly impressed with this instalment of the crowther and westerman series. Gripping and atmospheric. I'm re-hooked.Published 9 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
Very good read.first time that I have read a book by this author.
I look forward to more novels from her
Another winner from Imogen Robertson - have read the previous 3 books and the 4th was a delight to read, had a week off work and read it in a day, kept me interested throughout. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Annette H
I have read all the books and enjoyed them all. Very authentic.Published 20 months ago by a biblophile
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