Nice boost for Anatomy of Murder in the US to be on this list of Great Reads. Thank you, booksellers!
For anyone who wants to know a bit more about the book, here is the copy from the American jacket:
From Anatomy of Murder:
The little clock on the mantelpiece marked the half-hour with an elaborate chime that made Mrs. Westerman start. But neither she nor Crowther made him any reply.
“We are at war,” Mr. Palmer said after some moments of silence. “Information can be as vital, or as deadly, as ordnance. If news—accurate news—of the preparedness of our ships, stores, or troops regularly reaches the French naval command, men will die. I come in all humility to ask for your assistance.”
Crowther tented his fingers again and said, “Then, Mr. Palmer, you shall have it.”
London, 1781. The streets of London seethe with rumor and conspiracy as the King’s navy battles the French. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship’s captain who has been gravely injured at sea. And while the banks of the Thames swarm with the hustle and bustle of life, a body is dragged from its murky waters.
Having gained a measure of fame for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, Mrs. Westerman and reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther are called on to investigate the case of the dead man. They accept, not knowing the heights from which their assistance has been requested. In this intricate novel, Mrs. Westerman and Crowther will discover that this is no ordinary drowning—the victim is part of a plot to betray England’s most precious secrets.
The critics raved about their first adventure and clamored for more. Anatomy of Murder is gripping historical suspense at its best, featuring the smart and spirited duo from Instruments of Darkness and a thrilling tale of maritime intrigue and national consequence.
To which I say, thanks, I do my best.
For anyone who wants to know a lot about the book, no plot spoilers though, here’s a video I did about some of the London locations in the book. The cover shown is the UK hardback