Anatomy of Murder
By Imogen Robertson
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143122630, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
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The second historical suspense novel in Imogen Robertson’s critically acclaimed Westerman and Crowther mystery series
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 Crowther will discover that this is no ordinary drowningthe victim is part of a plot to betray England’s most precious secrets.
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.
Praise for Anatomy of Murder:
“Memorable prose, strong and unusual leads, a sophisticated plot with several unexpected turns, and an accurate portrayal of the period all make this a winner.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A labyrinthine mystery in the heart of a teeming London, involving fashionable castrati, espionage and bodies in the Thames. We are immersed in Harriet’s London, and the city is evoked with a Dickensian exuberance… In the overcrowded field of historical fiction, Robertson has the smarts comfortably to outpace most of her rivals.”
—The Independent (UK)
“I guarantee that once you have read this you will be eager to read the first - and keenly awaiting the third.”
—Daily Mail (UK)
“This series, launched after Robertson won a Telegraph writing competition, continues to excel.”
—Daily Telegraph (UK)
Praise for Island of Bones, coming in hardcover on October 11, 2012, from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
“[An] audacious mix of cultural gloss and uncomplicated, straight-ahead storytelling. The multi-layered nuance of Peter Ackroyd and the buttonholing narrative grasp of Stephen King are stirred into the mix.”
—The Independent (UK)
"A new Imogen Robertson book is fast becoming something of an event. ...this follow-up does not disappoint. As ever, the characters are enticing and the plot absorbing. If you've not read the previous books, do not despair--they each stand alone. But if you have time on your hands, now is your chance to catch up."
—Daily Mail (UK)
Praise for Instruments of Darkness:
“A sensitive melodrama.... Robertson’s enjoyment of the period and her characters is infectious.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
“A thoroughly engaging novel, with rich prose and an intricate, suspenseful plot, with melodramatic, Gothic touches in perfect keeping with the historical period. Robertson has already written another Westerman/Crowther mystery… let us hope for many more.”
“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, author of Keeping the Dead
“Mayhem runs amok in this period thriller. [Robertson] pulls out all the stops… a roaring soap opera of a novel.”
—The Washington Times
“Impressive… 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.”
“The book works splendidly as a period thriller, with complicated leads and informative details that illuminate 18th-century England for modern readers.”
“This debut is getting some play and should well serve lovers of historical suspense.”