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Instruments of Darkness: (Crowther & Westerman 1) by [Robertson, Imogen]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in Crowther & Westerman (5 Book Series)
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Praise for""INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:

"Robertson's enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious."--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)

"Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: 'How I wish I could have written this story!' "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book--poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel."
--Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"

"Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel."
"--The Washington Times"

"Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel."
"--Seattle Times"


Praise for""INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:
"Robertson's enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious."--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)
"Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: 'How I wish I could have written this story!' "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book--poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel."
--Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"
"Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel."
"--The Washington Times"
"Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel."
"--Seattle Times"


Praise for""INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:
"Robertson's enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious."

--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)
"Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: 'How I wish I could have written this story!' "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book--poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel."
--Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"
"Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel."
"--The Washington Times"
"Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel."
"--Seattle Times"


Praise for" "INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:
Robertson s enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious.

"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor s Choice)
Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: How I wish I could have written this story! "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel.
Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"
Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel.
" The Washington Times"
Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel.
" Seattle Times""

Review

'[An] extremely impressive debut...told by Robertson with great panache'

(The Times )

'Poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel'

(Tess Gerritsen )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1253 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Review (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KZONU4
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very enjoyable first novel by Imogen Robertson. Set in the late 1700's the story centres on some mysterious deaths that involve the estate and heirs to the Earl of Essex.
Investigating the various problems is Gabriel Crowther, a reclusive early pathologist with a hidden past. He is aided and abetted by his feisty neighbour Mrs Harriet Westerman - she finds the first body.
Harriet is married to a captain who is away at sea. She normally is with him but now has to stay on land to look after their children and their estate. She has a background of nursing so is able to assist Crowther without having an episode of `the vapours'. She is also capable and independent.
The story moves around between them, a family devastated by a seemingly inexplicable murder and the son of the Earl of Essex going back in time a few years to his part in the American War of Independence.
To begin with you wish the story would stick to Harriet and Crowther as they form an interesting pair but as the story develops you find yourself just as keen to know what is happening to the others. Robertson is very good at conveying the horror felt by the Hugh Thornleigh facing the `enemy' fire in America. You cannot help but feel how awful it must have been. She is equally good at giving a sense of desperation and fear to the part of the story set in London at the time of the Gordon Riots.
Harriet and Crowther's relationship - an older man and a younger married woman - is also well set out and the strong bond that grows steadily between them is very believable.
I enjoyed this book and will certainly look out for this author in the future
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By Angel Jem VINE VOICE on 21 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a detective novel set in a time before the police, with a 'natural scientist' and the lady of a big house collaborating to find out who has been killing people in the neighbourhood. It's a new twist on an old favourite, a bit like Silent Witness meet Jane Austen. It isn't a comedy novel; it seriously is a mid 18th century murder mystery.
The eldest son of Thornleigh Hall, Adam, is murdered in London, where he has spent the past 20 years in self-imposed exile. His children and friends are caught up in the riots against the Catholics and their identity is secret to everyone, including themselves. His younger brother, Hugh, hideously scarred in the war in America, is sliding towards Lordship as their father slides away from life, but people start to die in mysterious circumstances, including his father's nurse, Miss Beck. She has secret letters from Adam, and so the hunt begins to find the children of the eldest son before they, too die. And who is behind this devilish plot? That would be telling.
The real heroes of the book are Mr Crowther, himself possessed of a dark secret and Harriet, the naval wife who forces him to help her to investigate the deaths. Given that there are no forensic possibilities, they use a remarkable set of deductions and assumptions to help them. Skin under fingernails, scar patterns, fibre; they use as much as they could reasonably expect to in the 1700's to good effect.
It's a detective story; well plotted and I'd love to say slightly formulaic, except that the setting adds enough interesting details to make you enjoy it.
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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Gabriel Crowther opened his eyes.

Harriet Westerman, wife of a navy commander, has given up sailing with her husband to raise their family and provide a home for her sister at Caverly Park in West Sussex. When she finds the body of a man whose throat has been slit, she summons help from anatomist Gabriel Crowther. The victim has a ring bearing the crest of neighboring Thornleigh Hall. Was the man Alexander Thornleigh, the missing heir to the Earl of Sussex?

London music shop owner Alexander Adams is murdered. Before dying, he tells his daughter to find a box hidden under the counter. Was Alexander the missing heir and how can his children be removed from the city in spite of a killer and the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots?

Wonderful characters make this book a treat to read. Jane Austin fans will quickly associate Harriet Westerman with Mrs. Croft, the captain's wife from "Pursuasion." She has traveled, seen war, is outspoken and not to be put off. Her younger sister, Rachel Trench, is "Jane Eyre," in her attraction to the war-wounded Hugh Thornleigh, younger brother of the missing Alexander and the Mr. Rochester of our story. Gabriel Crowther is a scientist, and something of a recluse until being pulled into the investigation by Harriet and his own curious mind.

There are a lot of characters, including some real historical figures. It was occasionally is difficult to keep track of who is whom. However, they each played their part and added to the overall Gothic feel of the story.

Ms. Robertson convincingly transported me to Georgian England in sight, sound, dialogue appropriate to the period and historical fact. I had not known of the Gordon Riots until now.
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