Island of Bones (Crowther & Westerman 3) Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
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Island of Bones is part of a series of books, but can easily be read on its own, as I did. After enjoying the attention to detail and absorbing storyline of this book I am looking forward to reading her previous two novels!
This being her third book I would recommend reading them in order, it won't ruin any of the stories if you don't but you will get a lot more out of them from the build up of each character and thier relationship to each other, especially of those between Harriette and Crowther.
I cannot wait for the next book - thank you Imogen for such wonderful story telling.
Where the second story in the series, Anatomy of Murder, took a broad canvas, heading to the War in America, and to political intrigues originating in France, this book takes us back in time. The story is set in 1783, more than a year after the tragic events of the previous story. A strong focus of the story however is the time of the Old Pretender and the Uprising of 1715, and the Young Pretender’s return in 1745. Within these turbulent times lies also the history of Gabriel Crowther, whose mysterious antecedents have been teasing the readers (and Harriet Westerman) up till now. The discovery of an unknown body in the tomb of the Earl of Greta leads to Harriet and Gabriel being called upon to investigate further, and the lands of the Greta family had since been owned by Gabriel’s own family. So this time it’s very personal indeed for Crowther, and for those who care about him.
This story very successfully weaves together Gabriel Crowther’s personal history with the history of the Stuarts and their supporters. I found it very interesting in this story the immediacy with which people were, in 1783, remembering and personally experiencing the times of 1715 and 1745. Thinking about it, it’s very much the same as us now recalling the experiences of those who suffered through the First and Second World Wars – two generations ago, then one generation ago. It is still fresh, and raw, and people remember those who went before them.Read more ›
Scientist and anatomist Gabriel Crother is something of an enigma to neighbors and acquaintances, which has been fine by him. Thirty years ago, he turned his back on his family tragedies, but now must face them. His estranged sister and her son are staying at the estate once owned by their family. Upon encouraging the current owner to move the tomb of the first Earl of Greta from the Island of Bones to the local church, an extra body is discovered within. Crother and his friend, Mrs. Harriet Westerman, are summoned and Crother must confront the past finding that what was thought to be true in the past may not have been and that a brother was falsely executed. Can the truth be learned before others die as well?
Having well-developed, interesting, appealing characters is so critical and Robertson has more than met that requirement. Each of the characters, whether principal or secondary, comes alive under Ms. Robertson's deft hand; so much so that Mrs. Westerman is someone one would like to be, and her 12-year-old son, very believable. The relationship between all of the characters is perfectly correct and appropriate for the period, including the depth, trust and friendship between Crother and Mrs. Westerman. At the same time, each character is flawed making them realistically human. For those who've not read the previous books in the series, ample history is provided to each character, thus avoiding feeling lost.
There is no confusion as to where the story is set, either in period or in location. The period details of social proprietary and customs are always interesting but don't make either the story or the characters seem stiff.Read more ›
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None of her books have been as good as the first. Main character gets less convincing as it goes on -and as for the ending....Published 3 months ago by Maureen Tranter
I found this book an enjoyable read, despite the fact that I realised only shortly after starting it that it was actually the third book in a series. Read morePublished 18 months ago by H. Albert
Book arrived on time and in good condition. Story is not very well written. Not recommendable readingPublished 19 months ago by Sandie Wood
I am very much enjoying this book, I have read the two previous Crowther and Westerman books in this collection and
Think you really need to read them in order as there are... Read more
This was bought by me as a birthday present for a friend. He had read other titles by this author and liked her writing.Published on 28 Sept. 2013 by Doreen Aumonier
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