We're delighted to report that yet another one of our thrilling debuts is garnering some serious critical attention! Robin Blake's 18th century forensic crime novel, A DARK ANATOMY, has two starred reviews.
The year is 1740. In Lancashire, England a squire’s wife lies in the woods above her home, her throat brutally slashed. Called to the scene, Coroner Titus Cragg finds the squire's household awash with rumor and suspicion. He enlists the help of his astute young friend, doctor Luke Fidelis, to throw light on the case.
"This is a fascinating examination of how crimes could have been solved before the nineteenth century gave us the rudiments of forensic science. Cragg and Fidelis make a terrific detecting duo. Unlike many current mysteries that attempt to ape eighteenth-century language by writing floridly, Blake’s writing is direct and crisp. In addition, his knowledge of an eighteenth-century backwater just shaking off medieval superstitions is deep and engaging. A solid winner." -Booklist (starred review)
"British author Blake (Fat Man’s Shadow) makes his mystery debut with an impressive whodunit. [...] Blake turns phrases well, and provides an inventive solution to the murder." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A DARK ANATOMY will be available in May from Minotaur Books.
If you would like an advanced readers copy, send an e-mail to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com with your name, library, and full mailing address (subject: A DARK ANATOMY).