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Publisher Comments:

In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep. When a vicious slaying unleashes a wave of panic, village coroner Titus Cragg finds himself embroiled in the hunt for a murderer in this darkly rich and atmospheric historical mystery, the first in Robin Blake's Cragg & Fidelis series.
 
The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but Englands remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squires 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.

 

 

Review:

"British author Blake (Fat Man's Shadow) makes his mystery debut with an impressive whodunit, set in Lancashire and introducing coroner Titus Cragg and Dr. Luke Fidelis. On the morning of March 18, 1740, Cragg receives word that Dolores Brockletower, a squire's lady and prominent horsewoman, has been found dead in a nearby forest. Rumors suggest that the devil himself was responsible for her death, based on evidence that Brockletower 'dove down from the sky.' The real cause of death — a slashed throat — is more prosaic. The absence of a weapon rules out suicide, and leads Cragg to call in unofficial assistance from his medical friend, Fidelis. The doctor helps Cragg interpret clues at the crime scene, enabling the inquiry to advance over the opposition of the squire, an MP and magistrate. Blake turns phrases well (e.g., 'I find that puzzles are either canine or feline'), and provides an inventive solution to the murder." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep...
 
The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but Englands remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squires 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.

Synopsis:

In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep. When a vicious slaying unleashes a wave of panic, village coroner Titus Cragg finds himself embroiled in the hunt for a murderer in this darkly rich and atmospheric historical mystery, the first in the Cragg & Fidelis series.
 
The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but Englands remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squires 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.

 

 

About the Author

ROBIN BLAKE is the author of acclaimed works on the artists Van Dyck and Stubbs. He has written, produced, and presented extensively for radio, is widely published as a critic, and has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brunel University. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250006721
Subtitle:
A Mystery
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Blake, Robin
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
20130528
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 368 pages Minotaur Books - English 9781250006721 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Blake (Fat Man's Shadow) makes his mystery debut with an impressive whodunit, set in Lancashire and introducing coroner Titus Cragg and Dr. Luke Fidelis. On the morning of March 18, 1740, Cragg receives word that Dolores Brockletower, a squire's lady and prominent horsewoman, has been found dead in a nearby forest. Rumors suggest that the devil himself was responsible for her death, based on evidence that Brockletower 'dove down from the sky.' The real cause of death — a slashed throat — is more prosaic. The absence of a weapon rules out suicide, and leads Cragg to call in unofficial assistance from his medical friend, Fidelis. The doctor helps Cragg interpret clues at the crime scene, enabling the inquiry to advance over the opposition of the squire, an MP and magistrate. Blake turns phrases well (e.g., 'I find that puzzles are either canine or feline'), and provides an inventive solution to the murder." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep...
 
The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but Englands remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squires 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep. When a vicious slaying unleashes a wave of panic, village coroner Titus Cragg finds himself embroiled in the hunt for a murderer in this darkly rich and atmospheric historical mystery, the first in the Cragg & Fidelis series.
 
The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but Englands remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squires 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.

 

 

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