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© Imogen Robertson 2019

Imogen Robertson is the acclaimed author of the Crowther and Westerman series, which includes Instruments of Darkness, Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones, Circle of Shadows, and Theft of Life. Her most recent novel is the international best seller, The Paris Winter.

Crowther & Westerman Series

Instruments of Darkness, Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones, Circle of Shadows, Theft of Life

"Satisfyingly complex... Robertson's greatest achievement is the creation of characters who are vivid and believable and so engaging that one hopes Crowther and Westerman find more murders to solve in the future" – Guardian

Book 1. Instruments of Darkness

The most powerful of families can hide the most venomous of secrets

Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates its surroundings. Its heir is missing, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic second son, but its power endures.

Impulsive Harriet Westerman has felt the Hall's menace long before she happens upon a dead man bearing the Thornleigh arms.

"CSI: Georgian England"

The New York Times

"An intricate historical page-turner about a forbidding country estate and the unlikely forensic duo who set out to uncover its deadly secrets. Instruments of Darkness combines the brooding atmosphere of Anne Perry with the complex, compelling detail of Tess Gerritsen."

Good Reads

 
 

Book 2. Anatomy of Murder

London, 1781. Secrecy. Ambition. Deadly conspiracy.

As London’s streets seethe with rumour, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames. The indomitable Mrs. Westerman and her reclusive sidekick, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, are once again called on to investigate. In this intricate novel, Harriet and Crowther will discover that this is no ordinary drowning—the victim is part of a plot to betray England’s most precious secrets.

"A labyrinthine mystery in the heart of a teeming London, involving fashionable castrati, espionage and bodies in the Thames.

We are immersed in Harriet’s London, and the city is evoked with a Dickensian exuberance… In the overcrowded field of historical fiction, Robertson has the smarts comfortably to outpace most of her rivals."

The Independent (UK)

Book 3. Island of Bones

A broken heritage. A secret history. A bitter death.

Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex, dominates its surroundings. Its heir is missing, and the once vigorous family is reduced to a cripple, his whore and his alcoholic second son, but its power endures.

Impulsive Harriet Westerman has felt the Hall's menace long before she happens upon a dead man bearing the Thornleigh arms.

"Island of Bones is one of the five
most addictive books of the year"

Oprah.com

"Imagine the love child of Arthur Conan Doyle and Jane Austen, throw in the fact that Robertson is also a poet and writes about the landscape of the Lakes with all the passion and acuity of vision of a true Romantic, and you will begin to form an impression of this novel. It is a delight on every level."

Historical Novel Society

 

Book 4. Circle of Shadows

Cruel murder, poisonous lies and a dangerous truth.

Death at the Carnival: riddle, ritual and murder. Shrove Tuesday, 1784. While the nobility dance at a masked ball, beautiful Lady Martesen is murdered. Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther race to the Duchy of Maulberg. There they find a capricious Duke on the point of marriage, a court consumed by luxury and intrigue, and a bitter enemy from the past.

"Matchless storytelling, gripping and moving in equal measure. Addictive."

— Nicci French

 

"Chillingly memorable...an extraordinary thriller"

— Tess Gerritsen

"Robertson is a virtuoso at capturing the nuances and customs of the period and culture."

— Mystery Scene

Book 5. Theft of Life

A rich, thought-provoking novel... far more than a good mystery.

When the body of a former West Indies planter is found outside St Paul's, suspicion abounds. But talk is not only of the man's death. His past brings a tide of fear directly to Harriet Westerman's door where William Geddings, senior footman, knows more than he is prepared to confess. In search of answers, Harriet and Gabriel, reluctantly explore the dark and destructive world of Britain's slave trade.

"Imogen Robertson is a force to be reckoned with, and a name to watch"

— Promoting Crime Fiction

"In this fifth in the series set in the London of 1785 and dealing with probably the darkest chapter in British history, Imogen Robertson’s cast come of age and fairly leap off the page with a brilliant dissection and expose of the slave trade with the West Indies."

Crime Review

 
 
 

Articles about the Crowther & Westerman Series

 

July 5, 2017

I've agreed to write three new Crowther and Westerman novellas for Endeavour Ink.

June 25, 2017

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"According to the Met Museum...

June 24, 2017

On Tuesday of this week I was at an event in Cambridge with a host of other crime writers, and write...

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