Anatomy of Murder

Anatomy of Murder

Book - 2010
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'Makes you want to read every word...the plot is serpentine and satisfying, with enough false trails and distractions to create a genuine mystery' Telegraph

London, 1781. Harriet Westerman waits for news of her husband, gravely injured at sea. The city is seething with rumour and conspiracy, and as London's high society enjoys its privileges spies pass its secrets to the French. After a body is dragged out of the Thames, reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther is persuaded to advise on the man's death. Despite accusations that she takes an unnatural interest in murder, Harriet joins him. They follow a trail of secrecy to the opera house where the dead man worked, and where new celebrity surrounds two singers. Behind the scenes, though, a much darker plot is being played out which will lead them into great danger.

Publisher: London : Headline Review, 2010
ISBN: 9780755348435
Branch Call Number: F ROB NVD
Characteristics: vii, 373 pages ; 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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