Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Instruments of Darkness, by Imogen Robertson
A new series, featuring Harriet Westerman, the wife of a British naval officer who is running her household and raising her children with her younger sister, while her husband is at sea; and Gabriel Crowther, an anatomist and recluse, who she recruits to help her solve a neighborhood mystery. There were some interesting bits about the 1780 Gordon Riots in London, and the British perspective on the American Revolutionary War. The core mystery, however, is a little over the top. The bad guys are very very bad, and the good guys are saintly. Sordid little secrets abound.