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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
One of the best new-to-me-authors I've found this year Aug. 4 2010
By L. J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: Captain Westerman was in his cabin reading the letter from his wife for the fourth time when he heard the officer of the morning watch ring Six Bells.

Mrs. Harriet Westerman and her friend, Gabriel Crowther, are once again embroiled in solving a murder. However, the stakes are even higher as they deal with treason against England during the Revolutionary War.

In a much less elegant part of London, Tarot-card reader sees the impending murder of one of her clients. Although she fails in preventing the murder, she is determined to bring the woman's killers to justice.

Beginning with an exciting and dramatic scene, this is one of those can't-stop-until-I-finish-it books.

Ms. Robertston's writing is atmospheric and insightful with a strong sense of time and place, subtle, wry humor, a marvelous voice and style which evoke the period and the emotions of the characters. I found it fascinating to see the Revolution from the English perspective.

I love the characters. Harriet, intuitive and more able to relate to others, and Crowther, the cold, analytic scientist, balance each other well. Harriet is someone who, as a real person, I should like very much. We learn more of Crowther and his past, which hints of much more to come. I am enjoying the evolution of their relationship despite the differences in the ages and natures. All the characters are alive and wonderful. It's nice to see the characters from the first book, including Molloy, and meet the delightful new characters Jocasta, Sam and Boyo. I did feel a cast of characters would have been helpful.

The captivating plot, good twist, the way in which the threads were brought together was wonderful. Set in 1781 during the Revolution, the story deals with traitors, murder and opera with a touch of the metaphysical. It takes you from the Opera house and salons of the wealthy to the meanest slums of London revealing the apathy and cruelty which resides in each.

Ms. Robertston is one of the best new-to-me-authors I've found this year. Her writing is insightful with interesting observations on celebrity worship, and encourages one to look at things from a different perspective. It is not often that events in a book make me truly cry, but it speaks to speaks to an author's skill that her writing evokes such strong emotion.

It was an excellent read but I recommend starting with her first book. I can't wait for her next book.

ANATOMY OF MURDER (Hist Mys-Harriet Westerman/Gabriel Crowther-England-Georgian/1781) - Ex
Robertson, Imogen - 2nd in series
Headline, ©2010, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9780755348428
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing Historical Mystery May 22 2011
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Once again, Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther team to solve a murder, but this time, the victim is a musician held in dislike by many of the people who knew him.
Nonetheless, they persist, as much to provide a distraction for Harriet (distraught over her beloved husband's brain injury) as to aid the cause of justice.

This book, the second in the series, not only offers an intriguing mystery but also a glimpse of the Operatic world of the Georgian Era, with its emphasis on the renowned castrati and foreign singers who are the darlings of the aristocratic society.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well-Written But An Army of Characters July 23 2014
By NYC Lap Swimmer - Published on Amazon.com
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Good Plot, Well-Written . . . but again, just as in the author's other books, there are just too many characters. If you only have a little time in the evenings to read fiction and want a restful book, this is NOT a good choice. Resist the temptation of buying Kindle versions so that you can look back and remember the minor characters and the incidents they are involved in.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ripping good mystery! Aug. 26 2013
By L.B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Imogen Robertson writes with the perfect tone for an eighteenth century mystery. The characters are interesting and multi-layered. She expertly weaves two separate events into one riveting conclusion. I highly recommend "Anatomy of Murder" to anyone who loves an excellent mystery, well defined characters and informative historical tidbits. I was totally pulled in and emotionally invested in this book. Highly recommend!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Robertson delivers history and mystery with ease April 9 2013
By Lynn Whitman - Published on Amazon.com
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The second book in this excellent series delivers on the promise of the first. The London scene and personal costs of the British from the American rebellion is crafted to inform as well as entertain with a new duo detecting while learning to trust one another with individual family grief always in mind.

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