Crowther and Westerman

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 420 ratings

Instruments of Darkness Publisher's Summary

In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the willful mistress of a country manor in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds with a ring bearing the crest of Thornleigh Hall in his pocket. Not one to be bound by convention or to shy away from adventure, she recruits a reclusive local anatomist named Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer, and historical suspense's newest investigative duo is born. For years, Mrs. Westerman has sensed the menace of neighboring Thornleigh Hall, seat of the Earl of Sussex. It is the home of a once-great family that has been reduced to an ailing invalid, his whorish wife, and his alcoholic second son, a man haunted by his years spent as a redcoat in the Revolutionary War. The same day, Alexander Adams is slain by an unknown killer in his London music shop, leaving his children orphaned. His death will lead back to Sussex and to an explosive secret that has already destroyed one family and threatens many others.

Instruments of Darkness combines the brooding atmosphere of Anne Perry with the complex, compelling detail of Tess Gerritsen, moving from drawing room to dissecting room, from coffee house to country inn. Mrs. Westerman and Mr. Crowther are both razor-sharp minds, and their personalities breathe spirit into this gripping historical mystery.

©2011 Imogen Robertson (P)2011 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Instruments of Darkness

    • A Novel
    • By: Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 126

    In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the willful mistress of a country manor in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds with a ring bearing the crest of Thornleigh Hall in his pocket. Not one to be bound by convention or to shy away from adventure, she recruits a reclusive local anatomist named Gabriel Crowther to help her find the murderer, and historical suspense's newest investigative duo is born.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not The Best, But Not Too Bad...

    • By Martha on 01-13-13

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 2

    • Anatomy of Murder

    • By: Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    Award-winning author Imogen Robertson continues the acclaimed series she began with Instruments of Darkness. Set in London during the Revolutionary War, Anatomy of Murder follows unlikely forensic investigator Mrs. Harriet Westerman and reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther as they try to solve the mysterious death of a man dragged from the murky depths of the Thames River.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series

    • By LHF on 09-02-13

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 3

    • Island of Bones

    • Crowther and Westman, Book 3
    • By: Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    England, 1783: In Island of Bones, Crowther’s haunting past is at last revealed. For years he has pursued his forensic studies - and the occasional murder investigation - far from his family estate. But an ancient tomb there will reveal a wealth of secrets. When laborers discover an extra body inside, the lure of the mystery brings Crowther home at last. Fans of both historical fiction à la Anne Perry and the intricate forensics of Tess Gerritsen will be delighted by Robertson’s latest.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This series is now on my favorites list

    • By Christine Ehren on 02-06-13

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 4

    • Circle of Shadows

    • By: Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Death at the Carnival: Riddle, ritual, and murder. Shrove Tuesday, 1784: While the nobility dance at a masked ball, beautiful Lady Martesen is murdered. Daniel Clode is found by her body, his wrists slit and his memories nightmarish. What has he done? Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther race to the Duchy of Maulberg to save Daniel from the executioner's axe. 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. After another cruel death, they must discover the truth, no matter how horrific it is.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 5

    • Theft of Life

    • Crowther & Westman, Book 5
    • By: Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated by: Dudley Hinton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    London, 1785: When the body of a former West Indies planter is found staked out by St Paul's Cathedral, suspicion falls at once on a runaway slave. But the answer is not that simple. The planter's death brings tragedy for Francis Glass, a freed slave working as a bookseller, and a painful reminder of the past for William Geddings, senior footman in the household of unconventional widow Harriet Westerman. Harriet is reluctant to confront the powerful world of the slave trade but she and her friend, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, must face its shameful truths....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Terrie on 11-18-17

    Regular price: $20.65