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The Hidden Man

The Hidden Man

Cragg & Fidelis Mysteries (Volume 3)

Robin Blake

Minotaur Books




In The Hidden Man, Robin Blake continues the series Booklist calls "a solid winner" with a darkly rich mystery centered on an apparent suicide that leads Cragg and Fidelis down a treacherous path.
The year is 1742, and the people of Preston are looking forward to their ancient once-every-twenty-years festival of merriment and excess, the Preston Guild. But the prospect darkens as the town plunges into a financial crisis caused by the death of pawnbroker and would-be banker Philip Pimbo, shot behind the locked door of his office. Is it suicide? Coroner Titus Cragg suspects so, but Dr Luke Fidelis disagrees. To untangle the truth Cragg must dig out the secrets of Pimbo's personal life, learn the grim facts of the African slave trade, search for a missing Civil War treasure and deal with the machinations of his old enemy Ephraim Grimshaw, now the town's mayor. Cragg relies once again on the help and advice of his analytical friend Fidelis, his astute wife Elizabeth and the contents of a well-stocked library.
As in his previous Cragg and Fidelis stories, Robin Blake brings a vivid cast of characters to the page in this third historical mystery about the dramas that breeds below the surface of life in a provincial Georgian town.


Chapter One

STANDING IN THE doorway, with medical bag in hand, Luke Fidelis peered into the shadowed room until its main features had resolved themselves: the outline of the low pallet bed; the man's gaunt, ghostly face...


Praise for The Hidden Man

“Titus and Luke's second case is a fine mystery, awash in period detail.” —Booklist

“Particularly clever . . . Even experienced mystery readers will be surprised and gratified.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An impressive whodunit.” —Publishers Weekly (starred) on A Dark Anatomy

“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) on A Dark Anatomy

“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 on A Dark Anatomy

“Blake starts his story with a bang and keeps the reader engaged to the end.” — on A Dark Anatomy

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Robin Blake

ROBIN BLAKE is the author of A Dark Anatomy and Dark Waters, the first two books in the Cragg & Fidelis series, in addition to 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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