A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake

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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 Robin Blake

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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.
Published May 22, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 383 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Lancashire estate of Garlick Hall is the scene of a gruesome murder and Titus Cragg, lawyer and coroner, is called upon to investigate and arrange a coroner’s jury.

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British author Blake (Fat Man’s Shadow) makes his mystery debut with an impressive whodunit, set in Lancashire and introducing coroner Titus Cragg and Dr. Luke Fidelis. On the morning of March 18, 174

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Historical Novel Society

Instead of relying on trite resolutions based on intuition, the supernatural or coincidence, Blake allows Cragg and Fidelis to explore the events in a realistically non-linear fashion.

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Nights and Weekends

Even after you feel as though you’ve got the gist of the mystery figured out, you’ll still be intrigued by this Old World procedural, caught up in the details of the Cragg’s inquest, Fidelis’s examinations, and the steps that they’re forced to take to get the job done.

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He has also created an excellent double act in Cragg and Fidelis, two men of conflicting character and methodolgy, motivated by a strong sense of justice and some friendly rivalry, but both strong-willed, clever and determined to seek out the truth wherever it leads.

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Set in the 1700s, the mystery begins with the county coroner, Titus Cragg, called upon a disturbing scene of the squire’s wife, Dolores Brockletower, found dead in the woods behind their estate.

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Robin Blake's 18th century forensic crime novel, A DARK ANATOMY, has two starred reviews.

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