Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Pub. Date: February 17, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Format: Hardcover , 384pp
Sales Rank: 297,751
ISBN-13: 9780670022427

Description (from the publisher):
An intricate historical page-turner about a forbidding country estate and the unlikely forensic duo who set out to uncover its deadly secrets.
In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the willful mistress of a country manor in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds with a ring bearing the crest of Thornleigh Hall in his pocket. Not one to be bound by convention or to shy away from adventure, she recruits a reclusive local anatomist named Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer, and historical suspense's newest investigative duo is born.
For years, Mrs. Westerman has sensed the menace of neighboring Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex. It is the home of a once- great family that has been reduced to an ailing invalid, his whorish wife, and his alcoholic second son, a man haunted by his years spent as a redcoat in the Revolutionary War. The same day, Alexander Adams is slain by an unknown killer in his London music shop, leaving his children orphaned. His death will lead back to Sussex, and to an explosive secret that has already destroyed one family and threatens many others.
Instruments of Darkness combines the brooding atmosphere of Anne Perry with the complex, compelling detail of Tess Gerritsen, moving from drawing room to dissecting room, from coffee house to country inn. Mrs. Westerman and Mr. Crowther are both razor-sharp minds and their personalities breathe spirit into this gripping historical mystery.

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About the author (from the publisher):
Imogen Robertson studied Russian and German at Cambridge University and has worked as a TV, film, and radio director. In 2007, she won The Telegraph's First Thousand Words of a Novel competition with what would become Instruments of Darkness. She currently lives in London and has finished a second novel about Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther entitled Anatomy of Murder.


bermudaonion said...

Sounds interesting!

Tribute Books Mama said...

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Tevya said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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Zibilee said...

I love historical mysteries, and this one sounds sooo good! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Anonymous said...

I'll definitely have to check this one out. Love this type of story and pairing.

TheBookGirl said...

This one sounds sort of like Daphene duMaurier's books, which I off to investigate this one further :)