'Makes you want to read every word...the plot is serpentine and satisfying, with enough false trails and distractions to create a genuine mystery' Telegraph The streets of London seethe with rumour and conspiracy as the King's navy battles the French at sea. And while the banks of the Thames swarm with life, a body is dragged from its murky waters.
In another part of town, where the air seems sweeter, the privileged enjoy a brighter world of complacent wealth and intoxicating celebrity.
But as society revels in its pleasures, a darker plot is played out.
Yet some are willing to look below the surface to the unsavoury depths.
Mrs Harriet Westerman believes passionately in justice.
Reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther is fascinated by the bones beneath the skin.
Invited to seek the true nature of the dead man, they risk censure for an unnatural interest in murder.
But when the safety of a nation is at stake, personal reputation must give way to the pursuit of reason and truth.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 12/05/2011
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9780755348442
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Review by wyvernfriend
It's a period of war between England and France, it's 1781, and Harriet Westerman needs distraction as her husband is injured and she's in London at a slight loose end. Gabriel Crowther is there too and they are drawn into an investigation when a body is found in the Thames. Their investigation draws them into treason and more murder before they can find the truth.I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first but it was an interesting read. The complex issues and problems were interesting. I was somewhat irritated with the fact that the author skipped scenes without clearly marking them, making me re-read pieces thinking that I was following a different scene. The ending almost broke my heart. The mystery was quite involved and I did like some of the period touches and the problems that Harriet had occasionally being a woman in this period.