A Dark Anatomy

A Mystery

Cragg & Fidelis Mysteries (Volume 1)

Robin Blake

Minotaur Books

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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.

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Chapter One ACCORDING TO THE case notes, and checked against my private journal, it was on Tuesday the 18th of March, 1740, that a succession of disturbing events ran their course through the life of our tidy Palatinate town of Preston. That was the day on which, three hours after dawn, Dolores, wife to Squire Ramilles Brockletower of Garlick Hall, was found lying in the forest in her riding clothes, beneath an ancient oak tree.At eight o'clock in the morning, I was sitting down to breakfast alone in the parlour when, having only just filled my tankard, I heard the brass

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“An impressive whodunit.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

“Fascinating . . . Cragg and Fidelis make a terrific detecting duo . . . Blake’s knowledge of an eighteenth-century backwater just shaking off medieval superstitions is deep and engaging. A solid winner.” —Booklist (starred)

“Blake uses this setting to show the times, the people and events in a book you won’t be able to put down. Flawless . . . a fascinating mystery with psychological underpinnings. The next book will be eagerly anticipated.” —RT Book Reviews

“Blake starts his story with a bang and keeps the reader engaged to the end.” —MysteryTribune.com

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Read the Kirkus Review of A DARK ANATOMY . Georgian England is ruled by the law, but crime solving is rudimentary at best.
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Robin Blake

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.

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A Dark Anatomy
A Mystery
Robin Blake

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250006721
ISBN10: 1250006724
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250022219
ISBN10: 1250022215
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$15.99

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Minotaur Books
May 2012
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ISBN: 9781466802582
ISBN10: 1466802588
304 pages
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