Instruments of Darkness (Compact Disc)

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Harriet Westerman spent the early years of her marriage traveling
with her husband, Commodore Westerman. 
Those years aboard his sailing vessel honed her independence, intelligence
and sense of adventure.  These days she
is mistress of Cavely Park in West Sussex, mother to Stephen and Anne, and
guardian of her younger sister Rachel while her husband is  sailing half a world away.  Probably not a bad place for him as he surely
would not approve of the actions she is about to undertake.  In the shrubbery of Cavely Park a body is
found.  Harriet heads to the abode of the
newest member of their community, Gabriel Crowther.  He is an anatomist, a man versed in the art
of death.  Harriet wants justice, she
feels the dead man is connected to the powerful family at Thornleigh Hall, her
nearest neighbor, and his murder will be swept under the rugs rather than
challenge the wealthy landowners.  Being
aware of Gabriel’s reputation as a man of science, she wants him to examine the
body and determine if it was murder. There is something unsavory going on at
Thornleigh Hall, the Earl’s firstborn son left many years past and has not been
heard from since.  Captain Hugh
Thornleigh, the second son, returned from fighting the upstart Americans in the
Revolutionary War with grave injuries. Crowther stays away from society and out
of public scrutiny.  Still he is intrigued
by his intelligent headstrong neighbor, finds her friendship intellectually
stimulating, and is soon involved in solving the puzzle.

— Deon Stonehouse

March 2011 Indie Next List


“Shades of Jane Eyre meets Sherlock Holmes, circa 1776: two murders near a country manor in West Sussex; a Lord accused; and insanity, fire, orphans. Attempting to solve the mystery are an early forensic doctor, Gabriel Crowther, and his neighbor, Mrs. Westerman, the unconventional mistress of Caveley Park. This is the first in what I hope will be a long series featuring two fabulously appealing detectives.”
— Karen Corvello, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT

Product Details
ISBN: 9798200099016
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: March 9th, 2011
Language: English