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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755372042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755372041
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Chillingly memorable...an extraordinary thriller' (Tess Gerritsen)

This series, launched after Robertson won a Telegraph writing competition, continues to excel' (Daily Telegraph)

'Matchless storytelling, gripping and moving in equal measures. Addictive' (Nicci French)

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Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2011

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Island of Bones is a gripping murder mystery set in the striking landscape of the Lake District, where the dark secrets of the gentry's past are resurrected and entangled with the present. The plot entwines the lives of the upper classes and the superstitious townsfolk into the mystery, combining science and anatomical discoveries with magical paganism as the evidence builds towards the climax with plenty of intrigue along the way. Imogen Robertson's characters are well formed, diverse and interesting, and she carefully balances our growing awareness of their flaws whilst we simultaneously warm to them.

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!
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I found Imogen Robertson first novel 'Instrument of Darkness' by accident and as it is based in Sussex, like me, I was intrigued. It was a fantastic book and I really enjoyed her follow up book 'Anatomy of Murder'.

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.
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This is the third in the series featuring Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther, set in England in the 1780s. The series, starting with Instruments of Darkness, is a great historical novel series with strong protagonists, interesting and intriguing complex storylines, and written in a highly engaging manner.

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.
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First Sentence: There was a peculiar hush around the Tower the night before an execution.

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.
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There's a cracking opening to this latest book in the "Crowther & Westerman" series; the pace then diminishes somewhat but gradually picks up as the reader is drawn into a complex and very atmospheric tale of treachery, intrigue and murder. With several interwoven strands the story is - at times - a little difficult to follow, and the climax a bit too overblown for my taste. However, the book is so well written, with fascinating characters and a great sense of time and location, that these are minor blemishes. Definitely worth reading.
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