Anatomy of Murder

Anatomy of Murder

Book - 2012
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London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship's captain who has been gravely injured in the king's naval battles with France. As London's streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames.

Having gained a measure of fame as amateur detectives for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, the indomitable Mrs. Westerman and her reclusive sidekick, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, are once again called on to investigate. In this intricate novel, Harriet and Gabriel will discover that this is no ordinary drowning-the victim is part of a plot to betray England's most precious secrets.

The critics raved about their first adventure, comparing them with the characters of Tess Gerritsen in period clothes. Fans of Instruments of Darkness will find the smart and spirited pair's second outing just as riveting.

Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780670023172
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 19, 2012

This is a solid and well-written mystery, firmly set in its historical period. It's the second in a series and they would be best read in order as many of the characters and the situations extend from the first story. On occassion it is difficult to keep track of the extensive cast of characters, but most of the characters are distinctive enough and well-drawn enough so that it is managable. I particularly enjoy the historical details. In addition, this is not as dark as much crime fiction set in present times. There are indeed a number of brutal murders, but in spirit the books aren't really cynical about human nature.


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