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Dark Waters (Cragg & Fidelis Mysteries)by Robin Blake
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Blake's A Dark Anatomy has been called "impressive" (Publishers Weekly) and "a solid winner" (Booklist) and Dark Waters, the second book in the Cragg & Fidelis series, will leave readers hungry for more
Preston, 1741. The drowning of drunken publican Antony Egan is no surprise—even if it comes as an unpleasant shock to coroner Titus Cragg, whose wife was the old mans niece. But he does his duty to the letter, and the inquests verdict is accidental death. Meanwhile the town is agog with rumour and faction, as the General Election is only a week away and the two local seats are to be contested by four rival candidates. But Craggs close friend, Dr. Luke Fidelis, finds evidence to cast doubt on the events leading to Egans demise.
Soon suspicions are further roused when a well-to-do farmer collapses and it appears he was in town on political business. Is there a conspiracy afoot? The Mayor and Council have their own way of imposing order, but Cragg is determined not to be swayed by their pressure. With the help of Fideliss scientific ingenuity the true criminals are brought to light.
"A contested election in 1741 Preston, England, propels Blake's particularly clever second historical featuring the investigative team of coroner Titus Cragg and Dr. Luke Fidelis (after 2012's A Dark Anatomy). The drowning death of Antony Egan, an inn landlord related to Cragg by marriage, appears to be accidental, until an eel fisherman's testimony raises questions about the wind direction on the river that day. If the fisherman is correct, then Egan's hat, found on a bush overhanging the water, could not have been blown there. Cragg speculates that the hotly fought battle between Tories and Whigs could be behind the murder, after finding a list dropped by a shady political operative with Egan's name crossed out. Another suspicious death, that of farmer John Allcroft, who was, like Egan, an intended Tory voter, reinforces Cragg's theory. Even experienced mystery readers will be surprised by the logical solution — and gratified at how much effort the author put into carefully constructing the plot." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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 is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brunel University. He lives in London.
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