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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755348443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755348442
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fantastically twisting murder mystery that will have you enthralled' Woman's Own 'Chillingly memorable...an extraordinary thriller' Tess Gerritsen 'I guarantee that once you have read this you will be eager to read the first - and keenly awaiting the third' Daily Mail 'Memorable prose, strong and unusual leads, a sophisticated plot with several unexpected turns, and an accurate portrayal of the period all make this a winner' Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Imogen Robertson is a TV, film and radio director. She studied Russian and German at Cambridge, and now lives in London. She directs the hit Cbeebies show Numberjacks for TV and radio, for which she won an RTS award in 2006. She also writes and reviews poetry and was commended in The National Poetry Competition 2005. She won the Telegraph's 'First thousand words of a novel' competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness.

More About the Author

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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The characters are interesting and multi-layered.
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He said he enjoyed these very much and that they are better written than most in this genre.
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It was an excellent read but I recommend starting with her first book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts VINE VOICE on August 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Captain Westerman was in his cabin reading the letter from his wife for the fourth time when he heard the officer of the morning watch ring Six Bells.

Mrs. Harriet Westerman and her friend, Gabriel Crowther, are once again embroiled in solving a murder. However, the stakes are even higher as they deal with treason against England during the Revolutionary War.

In a much less elegant part of London, Tarot-card reader sees the impending murder of one of her clients. Although she fails in preventing the murder, she is determined to bring the woman's killers to justice.

Beginning with an exciting and dramatic scene, this is one of those can't-stop-until-I-finish-it books.

Ms. Robertston's writing is atmospheric and insightful with a strong sense of time and place, subtle, wry humor, a marvelous voice and style which evoke the period and the emotions of the characters. I found it fascinating to see the Revolution from the English perspective.

I love the characters. Harriet, intuitive and more able to relate to others, and Crowther, the cold, analytic scientist, balance each other well. Harriet is someone who, as a real person, I should like very much. We learn more of Crowther and his past, which hints of much more to come. I am enjoying the evolution of their relationship despite the differences in the ages and natures. All the characters are alive and wonderful. It's nice to see the characters from the first book, including Molloy, and meet the delightful new characters Jocasta, Sam and Boyo. I did feel a cast of characters would have been helpful.

The captivating plot, good twist, the way in which the threads were brought together was wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on May 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Once again, Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther team to solve a murder, but this time, the victim is a musician held in dislike by many of the people who knew him.
Nonetheless, they persist, as much to provide a distraction for Harriet (distraught over her beloved husband's brain injury) as to aid the cause of justice.

This book, the second in the series, not only offers an intriguing mystery but also a glimpse of the Operatic world of the Georgian Era, with its emphasis on the renowned castrati and foreign singers who are the darlings of the aristocratic society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.B. on August 26, 2013
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Imogen Robertson writes with the perfect tone for an eighteenth century mystery. The characters are interesting and multi-layered. She expertly weaves two separate events into one riveting conclusion. I highly recommend "Anatomy of Murder" to anyone who loves an excellent mystery, well defined characters and informative historical tidbits. I was totally pulled in and emotionally invested in this book. Highly recommend!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Whitman on April 9, 2013
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The second book in this excellent series delivers on the promise of the first. The London scene and personal costs of the British from the American rebellion is crafted to inform as well as entertain with a new duo detecting while learning to trust one another with individual family grief always in mind.
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Good Plot, Well-Written . . . but again, just as in the author's other books, there are just too many characters. If you only have a little time in the evenings to read fiction and want a restful book, this is NOT a good choice. Resist the temptation of buying Kindle versions so that you can look back and remember the minor characters and the incidents they are involved in.
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This was my first intro to Imogen Robertson and it became obvious very quickly that I had missed the first instalment in the series. Consequently the occasional reference to what went before became an irritant and I could never quite get the characters of Mrs Westerman's household quite right in my head. But the story was good and I enjoyed the history and the characters themselves. So I will seek out the first book in the series.
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I bought this series for a birthday gift for a friend who is very discerning about how a book is written and edited as he was a journalist and editor for many years. He said he enjoyed these very much and that they are better written than most in this genre. He found himself going back and re-reading sentences because they were a delightful use of language.
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By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2013
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If you want a book with a surprise ending then I would have given it two stars. But if you enjoy a good read; bit of history and likeable characters and a good story then I would give it 4 stars
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