A Dark Anatomy

A Dark Anatomy

A Mystery

Book - 2012
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In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep...

The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but England's remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squire's wife, Dolores Brockletower, lies in the woods above her home at Garlick Hall, her throat brutally slashed.

Called to the scene, Coroner Titus Cragg finds the Brockletower household awash with rumor and suspicion. He enlists the help of his astute young friend, doctor Luke Fidelis, to throw light on the case.

But this is a world in which forensic science is in its infancy, and policing hardly exists. Embarking on their first gripping investigation, Cragg and Fidelis are faced with the superstition of witnesses, obstruction by local officials, and denunciations from the squire himself. A Dark Anatomy marks the arrival of a remarkable new voice in mystery and a pair of detectives both cunning and complex.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Minotaur Books, 2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250006721
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BLAKE R
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 25 cm.


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Dec 03, 2015

By chapter 3 I thought I had figured out how the murder was done. It turned out I was sort of correct, but the plot twists about the marriage of the victim, subsequent murders and the wonderful background characters kept me fascinated. You cannot beat having the coroner lambast an "ancient" couple he left to guard a body for eating while they waited, only to have them remark that, with the time it took the coroner to return, he would have had another couple of bodies dead from starvation. Sacred space indeed!

Oct 05, 2012

Good "Who Done It?" story. Interesting from a historical standpoint in regards to forensics (or lack there of).

Jul 30, 2012

A good murder mystery with interesting characters. First of a series. If you like this type of story, read Peter Tremayne's books.

m2 Jul 02, 2012

I really liked this one! A historical mystery from 1740's England. Impeccable research chops -- and likeable, well-rounded, nicely realized characters, a good villian (not involved in this murder, so he'll be around for the next one!)
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