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Instruments of Darkness Daphne du Maurier meets CSI in this exhilarating debut Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates its surroundings Its heir is missing, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic second son, but its power endures Impulsive Harriet Westerman has felt the Hall s menace long before she happens upon a dead man bearing the Thornleigh arms The grim discovery cries out for justice, and she persuades reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther to her cause, much against his better judgement he knows a dark path lies before those who stray from society s expectations That same day, Alexander Adams is killed in a London music shop, leaving his young children orphaned His death will lead back to Sussex, and an explosive secret that has already destroyed one family and threatens many others

About the Author: Imogen Robertson

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 poque, will be published in the US by St Martin s Press in November 2014 She has been short listed for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger twice and is married to a freelance cheesemonger.

10 thoughts on “Instruments of Darkness

  1. says:

    6 9 15 Edited to mark spoilers, just in case.Meh.It should have been interesting The plot elements were all there It s set in 1780, so you have the backdrop of England fighting the colonial upstarts as well as unrest at home specifically the Gordon Riots, which I hadn t heard of before, and normally that grabs me B

  2. says:

    This was a very enjoyable debut novel from a clearly talented new author, one which introduces a great new detective duo in Gabriel Crowther and Harriet Westerman.Set in England in the year 1780, the novel begins with the forward thinking and feisty Westerman securing the help of the reclusive anatomist Crowther after disc

  3. says:

    This book would have gotten 5 stars from me if not for the revelation of WhoDunnit Let this be a lesson to authors The first 5 6ths of the book were wonderful A nicely intricate mystery set in the English countryside and London involving missing heirs, blackmail, and so on And a great time frame 1780 Not Regency I really enjoyed o

  4. says:

    Tension builds from the moment Mrs Westerman, genteel proprietress of Caveley Park, forces her acquaintance on reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther, wealthy man of secrets and possessor of many strange and distasteful objects, in search of his help in dealing with the death of a stranger in her copse.It doesn t let up It ratchets up every

  5. says:

    2.5 stars.What worked for me The mystery was good It was intricate enough that all the twists weren t immediately obvious, although the main ideas were Harriet and Crowther were engaging detectives I liked their personalities, which is always a good thing in a detective story The subplots worked for me I can follow skipping around in time, if it

  6. says:

    While Commodore Westerman was away at sea, his wife discovered a body on their land With one part common sense and a second part curiosity, she approached the solitary Mr Gabriel Crowther for assistance in identifying the unknown man Crowther was a mid fifties single gentleman who preferred his own company to others He delved in science and preferred cli

  7. says:

    I love an intricate plot, and, without sounding debauched Multiple murders Throw in murders committed overthan one generation Yes, that will do it I m giving this book 4.5 stars, despite some minor missteps, for sucking me in, for wantingby this author, andfrom the characters, Crowther mysterious gentleman anatomist and his side kick Westerman Commodore s no non

  8. says:

    First Sentence Gabriel Crowther opened his eyes Harriet Westerman, wife of a navy commander, has given up sailing with her husband to raise their family and provide a home for her sister at Caverly Park in West Sussex When she finds the body of a man whose throat has been slit, she summons help from anatomist Gabriel Crowther The victim has a ring bearing the crest of n

  9. says:

    I will openly admit I knew nothing of this book before I saw it and bought it and certainly not the number of sequels that have come off the back of it It was a case of cover and title catching my eye and then reading the cover piquing my curiosity The book itself reads like a period drama in fact I see there are references to Jane Austin in its comparisons and yet at its heart

  10. says:

    This is a beautifully written and elegantly structured novel, unfolding in three storylines Two take place in the novel s present day, one following the lives of Alexander Adams the missing heir of Thornleigh and his children, and the other the activites of Mrs Westerman and Mr Crowther as they struggle to solve a rash of seemingly connected murders The third storyline unfolds in flash

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