A Dark Anatomy: A Mystery

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A Dark Anatomy: A Mystery

by Robin Blake

St. Martin's Press | November 20, 2013 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.25 in

Published: November 20, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250006724

ISBN - 13: 9781250006721

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A Dark Anatomy: A Mystery

by Robin Blake

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.25 in

Published: November 20, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250006724

ISBN - 13: 9781250006721

About the Book

In Lancashire in 1740, 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. This book marks the arrival of a remarkable new voice and a pair of detectives both cunning and complex.

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Dark Anatomy, A Chapter One     A CCORDING 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 knocker on our front door hammering. Next, a voice could be heard asking for the coroner. Finally, our girl Matty pushed a scrawny lad, whom I recognized to be the Brockletowers'' kitchen boy, Jonah Marsden, through the parlour door. His eyes were popping with the import of his news. ''Well, Jonah. What''s the matter?'' The boy extracted from his shirt a folded paper, which I took and opened. It was from his grandmother, the briefest of messages. To Mr Titus Cragg, Coroner. Sir, a deplorable mortal accident has occurred. I beg you to return at once with the boy who brings this. Bethany Marsden, Housekeeper. I studied the signature: firm, confident and businesslike. I put the paper down. ''Please elaborate, Jonah.'' The boy looked blank. ''I mean, what is this about?'' ''Oh! Mistress is slaughtered, sir. In forest. This morning.'' I lifted the tankard and took a sip of beer. Tw
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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.

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.
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