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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Imogen Robertson Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lucy | 2/16/2014

    " A reasonable mystery novel, with a bit of a CSI in the 18th Century twist. The problem with this novel is that it is a period piece that gives no real feel of the time it is set in. It is almost like the author read Jane Austen and thought "Well, everyone knows about all that society stuff, so I'll just include some historical references and people will get it". As a result, if it weren't for the mention of the American War Of Independence and other key events this novel could have been set at any time from 1770-1914. But of a failure in its aim really. That said the characters are dark and different, and apparently the author is realising a sequel, so maybe no-one else cares about historical accuracy! (except me and Hilary Mantel!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brett Dewey | 2/5/2014

    " Murder mystery in 1780 English countryside. A fun visit to the time and place... The mystery isn't all that complex, but halfway through it picks up an impressive pace - a fine ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robyne | 2/4/2014

    " Very good... The plot was somewhat easy to predict, but it was an enjoyable and well-written story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caroline | 1/30/2014

    " Escapism - the plot is really only one step above a romance novel, but the writing is alright and I am on vacation. "

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