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Island of Bones (Crowther and Westerman #3)

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Gabriel Crowther's family bought the Gretas' land long ago and has since suffered its own bloody history. But the call of the tomb of the first Earl of Greta brings Crowther home again. Travelling with forthright Mrs Harriet Westerman, who is escaping her own tragedy, Crowther finds a town caught between new horrors and old.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Headline Review (first published 2011)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
The Book Report: Mrs. Harriet Westerman, Royal Navy wife, and Mr. Gabriel Crowther, anatomist and aristocrat manqué (albeit with a very good reason to have missed the mark), are back in these two volumes, succeeding "INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS". Mrs. Westerman is, in "Anatomy," in London because her husband has suffered a grievous injury in the process of taking a very rich prize ship (an eighteenth-century Royal Navy captain made his own and his crew's fortune by capturing enemy ships, not sinking ...more
While I enjoyed this book--as I have the others in the series--I found the story to be buried in the narrative. I liked learning about Crowther's past and family, but going back and forth between time periods and with the size of the cast list, I found myself forgetting and getting lost. I don't know that it was longer than the others in the series, but it seemed "denser."
I'm enjoying the evolving relationship between Crowther and Harriet. I'm liking their developing familiarity, but I'm hoping
☔Diane S.
One of my favorites of the newer series, this is only the third book but so far the author is keeping her plots interesting. This one is set in the Lake District, in Cumbria in the late 1700's. AS tan historical note explains the story is based on actual history, though of course all changed around to suit the story. The Jacobites, plots and fortunes made and lost, all the requisites for these very atmospheric mysteries. I am always amazed at how firmly entrenched in the time period and location ...more
Petra Sýkorová
Ke knihám Imogen Robertson jsem se dostala díky tomu, že mi obálka prvního dílu přišla tak krásně tajemná. Samozřejmě mě zaujala i samotná anotace, nic mě ale nepřipravilo na to, jak hutná a propletená tahle kniha bude. A tak to platilo i u druhého a třetího dílu. A ten třetí mi konečně vysvětlil některé mé velké otázky, které mě trápily celé dvě předchozí knihy! Juchůůů!

Harriet Westerman se bohužel ještě tak úplně nevyrovnala se smrtí svého manžela, ale ví, že se musí postarat o své děti a být
I was sent this book from the Real Readers website - my first book to read and review, and what a winner! I hadn't read any of Imogen Robertson's work before, but will definitely read more now.
From the first page, she engages the reader in the characters and the story line. What initially appeared to be a fairly straightforward murder mystery, turns out to have more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing, and is a real page turner.
I'm often tempted to skip the 'extras' in novels - preface,
Carol Anne
I am a newcomer to the Crowther and Westerman books, and when I realised that this was the third in the series I was concerned that I would have trouble getting into the story. This was far from the truth - Robertson provides enough back story to let you understand the characters, but not so much as to slow the pace of the story at hand. This is hard to achieve, and it's lovely to see it done well. This is typical of Robertson's style on the whole; she doesn't talk down to the reader, giving eno ...more
Cumbria, 1783. A broken heritage; a secret history...The tomb of the first Earl of Greta should have lain undisturbed on its island of bones for three hundred years. When idle curiosity opens the stone lid, however, inside is one body too many. Gabriel Crowther's family bought the Gretas' land long ago, and has suffered its own bloody history. His brother was hanged for murdering their father, the Baron of Keswick, and Crowther has chosen comfortable seclusion and anonymity over estate and title ...more
A broken heritage. A secret history. A bitter death.

A gripping thriller!

Island of Bones is the third offering from Imogen Robertson’s Western/Crowther novels, which follows Instruments of Darkness and Anatomy of Murder.

Island of Bones is clustered around a mystery in Gabriel Crowther’s family history. A secret that has been buried for 300 years resurfaces, challenging and confronting Crowther’s present. Everything that Crowther thought he knew is thrown into turmoil as his family’s bloody histor
After book number two, I wondered how long Robertson could continue to write two unconnected narratives before it made the book seriously unbalanced. Perhaps she too wondered that, for she changes things up a little and basically restrains herself to one interconnected group in her third Crowther and Westerman novel. I appreciated this, mostly, I think, because I always had a hard time feeling a sense of attachment to the non-Crowther-Westerman group, and by eschewing a side story about complete ...more
Mrs. Westerman and Gabriel Crowther make an unlikely pair, and they would in modern times, but in Georgian England their interest in solving crimes makes every level of society uncomfortable. This time, in order to distract herself from grieving the recent death of her husband, Harriet is pleased to go with Crowther back to his ancestral home. Crowther sold it just after his brother hanged for the murder of their father. The finding of an old corpse in an even older tomb is what triggers the inv ...more
Sally Atwell Williams
I just love Imogen Robertson and this series of her novels. This is the third one with the same two characters solving murders in the 1700's. The history is wonderful, and Ms. Robertson always explains what is real, and what isn't. Most of the history is real. The two individuals are friends and couldn't be more different. One is talkative, cheery, and seeks out people and clues. The other is quiet, reserved, and the anatomist in the partnership. Their lives are revealed throughout the books so ...more
Helen Albert
I found this book an enjoyable read, despite the fact that I realised only shortly after starting it that it was actually the third book in a series. It didn't seem to be too much of a problem though, as the Island of Bones is a complete story in its own right.

It starts with an execution for murder in mid 18th century London, which is then linked to a discovery of an old body on a small island in the Lake District. Cue the entry to the story of the brother of the executed man and the ex-owner o
Well, here's book 3 of this mystery series, and I'm having a hard time finding a reason to keep going. I liked the first book of the series and thought it was a good debut. The second never really engaged me, and I have to say that about 100 pages in, this book has also failed in that regard.

The Lake District sounds beautiful. Crowther's history is certainly tragic, and I do admire the way that the author doesn't let him off the hook for ignoring his relatives for decades. I like the idea of Ha
A fun murder mystery, with an engaging detective duo that together approximate Holmes.
Ann Marie
3.5. Kind of convoluted but Crowther is awesome.
Judy Lesley
This third novel in the Gabriel Crowther and Harriet Westerman series was another absorbing reading experience for me. I would definitely recommend the books be read in order (first is Instruments of Darkness: A Novel and the second Anatomy of Murder) just so you are familiar with everything which has come before the events in this novel. Imogen Robertson has developed full characters in the players in these novels so you will be missing important pieces of the picture if you begin anywhere othe ...more
The story starts in 1751 at the Tower of London on the eve of the execution of Gabriel's brother who has been found guilty of the murder of their father. There seems to be no love lost between the two brothers.

Next the time moves on to 1783 where an old tomb on the Island of Bones is found to contain a body that should not be there - could these two events be connected?

Attempting to solve the mystery are two unlikely friends -- Gabriel Crowther (a straight talking man in his fifties who has beco
Island of Bones is the third novel in Imogen Robertson’s series which began with Instruments of Darkness. Gabriel Crowther, the reclusive anatomist, and Mrs Harriet Westerman, now a widow, are thrown in to danger again when a body is discovered in the tomb of the Earl of Greta – a body that shouldn’t be there.
I read Instruments of Darkness a while ago when it first came out and I quite enjoyed it. Strangely enough I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much although it was a pleasing enough read.
I love this historical mystery series, mostly for the lead characters of Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther, but also for the author's ability to create such wonderful "supporting" characters. I am fascinated by the interplay between Westerman and Crowther, the strength of their unusual friendship, their support and respect for each other at a time when I suspect it would be unusual between a long-standing married couple let alone opposite-sex platonic friends from among the ranks of the Eng ...more
Cumbria, 1783. A broken heritage; a secret history...

The tomb of the first Earl of Greta should have lain undisturbed on its island of bones for three hundred years. When idle curiosity opens the stone lid, however, inside is one body too many. Gabriel Crowther's family bought the Gretas' land long ago, and has suffered its own bloody history. His brother was hanged for murdering their father, the Baron of Keswick, and Crowther has chosen comfortable seclusion and anonymity over estate and title
Gill Chedgey
I have immense admiration for the writers of historical fiction. There is no margin for error. One slip up, one anachronism, pounced upon by eagle-eyed readers can destroy the work’s credibility instantly. And so for the writers of historical crime fiction the admiration becomes immense. For faultless research of the period is not enough, the plot must be flawless and methods of detection sustained throughout. No forensic or DNA escape routes available.
For me the mark of a good crime novel is w
The mystery features Crowther and Mrs. Westerman investigating an extra body found in the tomb of the Lord of Greta. The unexplained body is on the island where Crowther grew up and his brother was hanged years ago. At that time Crowther sold the estate, changed his name and assumed a new and reclusive life.

Crowther must face his past when finds his sister Margaret and her son, Felix. The sister is caustic and unfeeling while her son is spoiled and cruel. Mrs. Westerson's son, Stephen, has met a
Perhaps if I had read the author's two previous books, I would have liked this one more. I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, anyway. Often, books in a series cannot stand alone and this is one of them. There were far too many references to previous adventures and heartaches involving Gabriel Crowther and Mrs. Westerman and they were distracting rather than enticing. If you read and liked the author's previous books, then you will probably like this one. Coincidentally I am listening ...more
This book was a great read. It's 1783. The tomb of the first Earl of Greta is on an Island belonging to the estate Silverside Hall in the Lake district. The Tomb is three hundred years old. When the tomb was opened on what locals call the Island of Bones, an extra body was discovered in the tomb. Harriet Westerman, chatelaine of Cavely, a large estate and her neighbor Gabriel Crowther as he prefers to be known by are called to investigate. Gabriel Crowther is actually Lord Keswick whose family ...more
Each book in this series gets even better, which is a rare thing in a series I think. Usually by the third book I am getting tired of the story lines, but Robertson does an excellent job of continuing the story with different arcs and characters and excitement. In this third installment, Crowther is called to his ancestral home of Keswick which he abandoned some 30 years ago after a family tragedy. We finally learn, along with Mrs. Westerman, Crowther's given name, family history, and connection ...more
Another fabulous historical mystery from Robertson.
This time we get to focus on Crowther's unfortunate family history. Crowther's older brother was executed years ago for the murder of his father and Crowther never doubted in his brother's guilt. However, questions were raised in the previous book and now the action of this book brings Crowther and Mrs. Westerman to his former home near Keswick.
We are introduced to his sister Margaret(who married into minor Austrian nobility)and his nephew Fel
A tomb lies unopen for 300 years but it holds a secret: an extra body. The history of this place is tainted with blood. Gabriel Crowther's family bought the land from the Greta's and both families hold their own bloody secrets.

Gabriel has chosen to live a life seperated from his past, and family after his brother is hanged for the killing of their father, but when the the tomb is opened, he is brought right back into it. The people and place he wanted to forget is thrown right out in the open,
Jo Barton
Against the backdrop of the glorious English Lake District, reclusive anatomist, Gabriel Crowther and his companion, Harriet Westerman meet again in a gothic story of intrigue, mystery and long dead secrets. The Island of Bones is the third book in the Crowther/ Westerman series of Gothic suspense novels, and is a fast and furious blend of history, deception and danger.
When an extra body is discovered in an ancient grave on the aptly named Island of Bones, Gabriel Crowther and Harriet Westerman
In 1783, anatomist Gabriel Crowther finds that the family history he has tried so hard to forget has come back to haunt him. The opening of a tomb on his late father’s estate in the Lake District turns up one body too many and stirs up secrets from the past. Accompanied by his investigation partner, naval widow Harriet Westerman and her young son Stephen, Gabriel travels north to examine the body and try to determine the chain of events that led it to be in the tomb.

I have a bit of an issue with
Valerie Jones
A well woven plot featuring complicated and charismatic characters
Beginning with a vivid account of the public hanging of Crowther’s brother, Robertson again releases an intriguing novel of suspense and mystery, featuring his beloved colorful characters, the spunky widow Mrs. Harriet Westerman and her dear friend, the reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther.
Set in England in the eighteenth century, an ancient tomb is opened to reveal an extra body. Renowned for his expertise and experience with dea
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Imogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge and now lives in London. She directed for film, TV and radio before becoming a full-time author and won the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel’ competition in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel. Her other novels also featuring the detective duo of Harriet Westerman and Gabriel C ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Crowther and Westerman (5 books)
  • Instruments of Darkness (Crowther and Westerman, #1)
  • Anatomy of Murder (Crowther and Westerman, #2)
  • Circle Of Shadows (Crowther and Westerman, #4)
  • Theft of Life (Crowther and Westerman, #5)
Instruments of Darkness (Crowther and Westerman, #1) The Paris Winter Anatomy of Murder (Crowther and Westerman, #2) Circle Of Shadows (Crowther and Westerman, #4) Theft of Life (Crowther and Westerman, #5)

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