Imogene Robertson Scores an A+ with Island of Bones!
This thrilling book is the third tale featuring the extremely clever and totally charming team of Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther. Harriet is a naval widow who helps Gabriel in his work which is best defined as 18th century CSI.
In this new tale, the pair has once again been drawn into a spot of trouble. Trouble is not ‘new’ for them considering that local villagers as well as authorities in various towns have caused them grief regarding their particular investigative techniques on past cases. (Of course, without the help of good, old DNA this job was not exactly easy back then.)
In this case, the tomb of the Earl of Greta is in danger of disintegrating as the land around it is eroding. The townspeople are in the process of digging up the Earl and his wife in order to inter their remains in the local churchyard when—surprise, surprise—they find another far more recent corpse in the tomb. Crowther and Harriet are called in to use their talents to discover who the victim is and how on earth they ended up in a place that’s been supposedly sealed for a long time.
Clues arise that stem from the ownership of the land to the Earl’s old political problems, as well as Crowther’s own family history that he does not want revealed, and the mystery grows larger and larger with each page. Harriet, who is strong willed and refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer, begins to investigate the latest victim and is determined to find out the secrets Crowther is doing his best to bury.
The cast of characters from the real-life team to the townspeople to the ghosts from the past are truly intriguing. And as always where these particular books are concerned, readers will be hoping that another Crowther and Westerman ‘case’ will be along very, very soon.
Until Next Time, Everybody,