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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 01/04/2010
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'Makes you want to read every word...serpentine and satisfying' Telegraph

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.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780755348411
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 197 x 132 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'[An] extremely impressive debut...told by Robertson with great panache' * The Times *
'Satisfyingly complex... Robertson's greatest achievement is the creation of characters who are vivid and believable and so engaging that one hopes Crowther and Westerman find more murders to solve in the future' * Guardian *
'Poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel' * Tess Gerritsen *
'A charmingly intriguing murder mystery set in 18th century England...Robertson breathes life into her chosen period as authentically as did Georgette Heyer' * Daily Mail *
'Thundering' * Financial Times *
'A large country estate; an ancient and powerful aristocratic family; a dangerous hidden secret; a mysterious anatomist; a feisty amateur female detective and the brutal murder of a stranger. Really, what more could you want from a novel? Well, how about a link to the American revolutionary war and London in riotous meltdown? It's all here in glorious abundance in this rich and lustrous historical crime novel, Instruments of Darkness, the debut work of the ludicrously talented Imogen Robertson' * Material Witness *
'[An] extraordinary, high quality historical thriller' * Eurocrime *
'An atmospheric and twisting novel...an engaging heroine, loony-tune aristos, a cracking plot that fizzes along and a dangerous hidden secret. The follow-up is just as good' * Material Witness *

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“Really really good historical crime fiction.”

Really really enjoyed this, as like historical fiction, crime stories and a strong female lead character. The plot was perhaps predictable at the end, but the story, writing and chracters are just so good.
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Paperback edition
15th February 2011
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“A rather genteel look at early forensic pathology and criminology.”

This has some great characters, namely Gabriel Crowther (a man dedicated to science) and Harriet Westerman (feisty, funny and independent by dint of necessity) among others. Mr Graves, Mr Clode and the Young Lord... More

Paperback edition
1 similar book recommended
27th June 2015
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“instuments of darkness”

I loved this it was a great read, couldn't put it down. look forward to her future books , if they are as good as her 1st i will be a big fan

Paperback edition
28th April 2010
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