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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670023172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023172
  • ASIN: 0670023175
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like Anne Perry’s mysteries, this menacing story set in Georgian London explores the complicated motives driving every character involved to act as they do while pulling together a colorful array of subplots. The death of Fitzraven, former musician and suspected spy, is just the beginning of a string of dark deeds. A large cast of characters makes it difficult to keep names straight, though key players are fully drawn. Some are dear, like little Stephen Westerfield; some vaguely threatening, like Jocasta the fortune-teller; and others are definitely up to no good. Seasoned mystery readers may guess who is behind the killings at the opera house, though few will realize the extent of others’ involvement. This second adventure starring Mrs. Westerman, stubborn and independent society matron, and ascetic anatomist Gabriel Crowther connects some of the dots from Instruments of Darkness (2011) and hints of further adventures to come. The melodramatic final scenes nearly destroy the mood, but by then, momentum will keep those pages turning. Readers interested in early autopsy practices will also want to try The Anatomy of Deception(2008), by Lawrence Goldstone. --Jen Baker

About the Author

Imogen Robertson studied Russian and German at Cambridge University and has worked as a TV, film, and radio director. In 2007, she won The Telegraph's First Thousand Words of a Novel competition with what would become Instruments of Darkness. She currently lives in London and has finished a second novel about Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther entitled Anatomy of Murder.


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British author Imogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge and now lives in London. She directed for film, TV and radio before becoming a full-time author and won the Telegraph's 'First thousand words of a novel' competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel. Her other novels also featuring the detective duo of Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther are Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones and Circle of Shadows. The Paris Winter, a story of betrayal and darkness set during the Belle Époque will be published in the US in November 2014. She has been short-listed for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger twice.

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A fine mystery with excellent historical detail by a gifted writer.
Reader in the Midwest
Having loved the first book in this series, I could not wait for the next one to come out.
M. Nakagawa
I read fairly fast but slowed down to enjoy the descriptions and characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is May, 1781, when "Anatomy of Murder," by Imogen Robertson, opens. The American colonists and their French allies are at war with Great Britain. Captain James Westerman commands the HMS Splendor, "a neat frigate of forty-four guns." His crew opens fire on a French ship and a vicious battle ensues. More than six months pass. Harriet Westerman, James's wife, is distraught since her husband returned from his last voyage with a severe head injury that left him greatly altered in mind and behavior. For the time being, Harriet and her sister, Rachel, are guests in the London home of the Earl of Sussex, the young heir to a wealthy estate.

An agent of Her Majesty's government prevails upon the resourceful Harriet and her friend and student of anatomy, Gabriel Crowther, to launch an investigation into the murder of a mean-spirited opportunist, Nathaniel Fitzraven. There is a possibility that his death may be tied to a rumor that spies have been passing vital information to the French about British ships, supplies, and troop movements. As a result, England is becoming "a body bleeding vital knowledge of her strategies...."

"Anatomy of Murder" is a an elegantly written and entertaining work of historical fiction in which Robertson shifts back and forth between Harriet and Gabriel and a plucky woman named Jocasta Bligh. Jocasta, an eccentric whose gift as a fortune-teller is well-known, is compassionate and savvy. She, along with her dog, Boyo, and a young waif named Sam, conduct their own inquiries into a case that will eventually converge with Harriet and Gabriel's. Robertson evocatively describes the sights, sounds, and smells of the British capital in the late eighteenth century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Imogen Robertson started off with a bang with Instruments of Darkness and keeps the series not only going strong but picking up considerable steam with the second book; Anatomy of Murder. Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther find themselves once again pulled in by circumstances into solving a murder. While the duo are asked by the British Goverment to look into the death of a suspected french spy that ties somehow into the mental breakdown of Westerman's husband; A Naval Captain.
In the seedier part of London,Jocasta a Tarot-card reader portents evil for one of her clients and is unable to keep it from happening. Thusly she decides to bring justice to the young girl.
Throw in the growth of Lady Susan and Imogen Robertson has brought all the players into the fray for a thrillride of a mystery. You will find it all in this book, thrills, good solid whodunit, and more then a little tragedy to go around.
This is a young writer who has taken the time to learn her craft and is wielding it so well.
A great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nakagawa on March 19, 2012
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Having loved the first book in this series, I could not wait for the next one to come out. So very well written and full of intelligent wit, this novel is so much fun! I cannot wait to read the next.Anatomy of Murder
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By Winsome on March 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was skeptical about this book; how could it match the first--which was above and beyond all expectations. Apparently the well crafted and superlative narrative, "Instruments of Darkenss" was no accident. But beware! If you pick up this book and begin to read, it will become your number one priority--you will be compelled beyond any shred of common sense to eat it and breath it until you finish the last page--and even then be casting around to lay your hands on the next installment. It is delightfully all consuming. And one more heads' up--read the first book first. This one can stand alone, but it enriches the first version marvelously and there is much material here that references previous adventures.
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By Ms. J. Jones on May 12, 2013
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I've just re-read Anatomy of Murder. I am a huge admirer of Imogen Robertson's writing so read it eagerly as soon as it was published. Loved it then - think it even better now. Robertson's writing is richly energetic and she has a large cast of characters. No speed-reading or skipping permissible (or desirable) in her stories. You've got to be awake and involved and the rewards are tremendous. It may be Robertson's sense of history or her feeling for c18th London or her knowledge of music or her complex plot or her vivid characters that make this book so very good. I don't cry easily over books but, towards the end of this book, I had as much trouble holding back the tears on this second reading as I did the first time round. That's the effect of outstanding writing and a deep emotional involvement by the author. Excellent.
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I'm thrilled that this second novel in this series, after Instruments of Darkness, gave me another exciting reading experience featuring Mrs. Harriet Westerman and Mr. Gabriel Crowther, two of the most differing sleuths from a personality standpoint you will find since Holmes and Watson. Their personalities would seem at first glance to be so different they could never work together. The fact that they are successful in their investigative efforts is due completely to the fact that author Imogen Robertson has such a wonderful way with character development.

In this London of 1781, the government is concerned over the direction the war with France and the American Colonists is taking. Only by having spies well placed can the French possibly know what to expect from the British Naval forces. Mrs. Westerman's husband is in command of one of the British ships and there is a very good opening section of the novel where we see the warfare on the seas from his vantage point. Mrs. Westerman and Crowther are brought into the story to investigate privately the death of a man believed to possibly be a spy. The British Government doesn't want to reveal any interest in the case so Harriet and Crowther agree to act as a kind of smoke screen for the uncovering of an enemy of the country.

It was a pleasure to resume my reading of this series and once again enjoy the vivid historical world created by this talented author. Much of the story takes place around an opera house and the principal singers in a newly written opera. I was not familiar with the history of the castrati in opera so that information added greatly to the feeling of history which permeates this novel.
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