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Anatomy of Murder Paperback – May 1, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I loved this book! Great story lines, continues to engage my interest, and the characters are people with whom I can get involved. Each succeeding book is more entertaining. I am waiting eagerly for the 4th one to be available electronically.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book as well as the 1st Crowther and Westerman book, Instruments of Darkness. Even if it's mostly fiction I love reading about the birth of forensic... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Theresa Stevens
I always have high expectations for the second installment in a great series, and this one delivers. The writing is so fantastic, and the mystery was extremely intriguing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by K. Spangler
I tried to like this story, but found it lacking matter to capture, much less hold my attention. The use of a card-reading fortune teller in an attempt to create suspense added to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shortmom
I love Imogen Robertson's writing style and the story of another era. I just started the third book in the series yesterday.Published 18 months ago by Judy Wood
Great characters - very different and interesting. I read the first book in this series and loved it; now I can't wait to get the third. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bev Kirkman
(3.5 stars) This is the 2nd book in the Crowther and Westerman series. Harriet’s husband, a captain in the Navy has had a head injury while on patrol that has left him impaired and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Michelle Boytim
I am really enjoying this series - just ordered the third one. Robertson does a very good job of setting the scene with historical accuracy without making you think she's just... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Carolyn Smith
Ms. Robertson has written a series of books with very interesting characters and good plots. The books are longer on mystery than history but use the customs and prejudices of the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. WRIGHT