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London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship's captain who has been gravely injured in the king's naval battles with France. As London's streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames. Having gained a measure of fame as amateur detectives for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, 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.
Imogen Robertson is an award-winning TV, film, and radio director. Instruments of Darkness, her first novel, won the London Telegraph’s "First thousand words of a novel" competition in 2007 and was an Editor's Choice in The New York Times Book Review. She studied at Cambridge and now lives in London.