Instruments of Darkness

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9780143120407: Instruments of Darkness

The first novel in the Westerman and Crowther historical crime series that The New York Times Book Review called CSI: Georgian England and Tess Gerritsen called chillingly memorable
Debut novelist Imogen Robertson won the London Telegraph s First Thousand Words of a Novel competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness. The finished work is a fast-paced historical mystery starring a pair of amateur eighteenth-century sleuths with razor-sharp minds. When Harriet Westerman, the unconventional mistress of a Sussex manor, finds a dead man on her grounds, she enlists reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer. Moving from drawing room to dissecting room, from dark London streets to the gentrified countryside, Instruments of Darkness is a gripping tale of the forbidding Thornleigh Hall and an unlikely forensic duo determined to uncover its deadly secrets."

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'Poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel' Tess Gerritsen 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.

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Praise for""INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:

"Robertson's enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious."--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)

"Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: 'How I wish I could have written this story!' "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book--poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel."
--Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"

"Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel."
"--The Washington Times"

"Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel."
"--Seattle Times"
Praise for""INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:
"Robertson's enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious."--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)
"Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: 'How I wish I could have written this story!' "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book--poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel."
--Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"
"Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel."
"--The Washington Times"
"Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel."
"--Seattle Times"
Praise for""INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:
"Robertson's enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious."

--"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice)
"Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: 'How I wish I could have written this story!' "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book--poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel."
--Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"
"Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel."
"--The Washington Times"
"Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel."
"--Seattle Times"
Praise for" "INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:
Robertson s enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious.

"The New York Times Book Review" (Editor s Choice)
Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: How I wish I could have written this story! "Instruments of Darkness" is just that book poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel.
Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of "Last to Die"
Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel.
" The Washington Times"
Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, "Instruments of Darkness" will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel.
" Seattle Times""


Praise for INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS:

Robertson s enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious.

The New York Times Book Review (Editor s Choice)
Every so often I encounter a book that makes me think with envy: How I wish I could have written this story! Instruments of Darkness is just that book poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary novel.
Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of Last to Die
Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops . . . [a] roaring soap opera of a novel.
The Washington Times
Impressive . . . Robertson has a wicked way with suspense. A ripping homage to Dickens, Austen, and Conan Doyle, Instruments of Darkness will keep you up at night, and then, like me, waiting for the sequel.
Seattle Times

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