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.