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Dark Waters (Cragg & Fidelis Mystery #2)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The setting for the second Cragg and Fidelis mystery is again Georgian Preston, with the time moving forward a year to 1741.

When the pair are called to the drowning of the landlord of the Ferry Inn, whose corpse has turned up entangled in the River Ribble’s salmon traps, a complex investigation begins in which love, greed and politics all take a hand. A national general el
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Macmillan
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While I have not read the first Cragg & Fidelis mystery I did not have any trouble picking up this, the second in the series. Twists and turns in the investigation of a series of suspicious deaths, including some interesting early forensic techniques, set against a back drop of hotly contested Parlimentary elections. Kept me reading and I will look for more in this series.
Mar 22, 2016 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed learning about the election process more than the mystery. I can see where some readers might find this novel to be a bit dry and an information overload. However, I found it fascinating.
Feb 13, 2017 Scilla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book takes place in Preston, England in 1741. A man is found drowned, and Titus Cragg, the coroner is called. There is about to be an election, and there are two candidates each for the Whiggs and the Tories, and a lot of competition. Soon another man is found dead and Titus and his friend Dr. Fidelis find it was from poisoning. It soon appears that there might be a political reason for the deaths. Fidelis manages to prevent Titus being killed by a cudgel. Things are pretty confusing, but to ...more
Feb 15, 2017 Alanna rated it it was ok
over wordy no substance
Louise Allen
Feb 10, 2017 Louise Allen rated it it was amazing
Second in this excellent series. Well up to the standard of the first
Jul 15, 2013 Skjam! rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it. My copy was an Advance Reading Copy, and there may be minor changes in the final product.

Dark Waters by Robin Blake

It is the Year of Our Lord 1741 in the small but bustling English town of Preston. Attorney and coroner Titus Cragg is shocked but not surprised to find his drunkard uncle-in-law has fallen into the river and drowned. The coroner's jury rules it an accidental death, and that seems to be a
Patti Wilson
Jun 21, 2013 Patti Wilson rated it really liked it
I was reluctant to continue to read this book after the first chapters as I am American and do not know anything about British politics let alone mid 18th century British politics. But, I had won this book in a goodreads giveaway and felt obligated. By the fifth chapter I was hooked. Mr. Blake is very good with red herrings. I can honestly say that this is now one of my favorite historical mysteries. Plus, thrown into the pot are the beginnings of "Rule Britannia" and, how the voting process wor ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Janet rated it it was ok
I enjoy the main characters in this mystery series and appreciate the historical details of the era that are included. I kind of got lost in the weeds with this one, with an abundance of minor characters and loads of political information. Even in the final chapters I was continually having to remind myself who everyone was and what political party they belonged to, much less trying to figure out the methods and motives of the perpetrators. Although this book wasn't a favorite, I'll continue to ...more
I like this team of Cragg and Fidelis. There are some moments of humor in Fidelis's character and Cragg's intimacies with his wife are fun and often funny. I like her (Elizabeth) a lot. The mysteries are intriguing given the setting (an english town) and the era (mid 1700s.) I really like books that give me some sense of living in the locality of them while I am reading. This is one such book. Well written, interesting, good characters and seems historically well researched. All three of his Cra ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Kirk rated it really liked it
A better book than the previous A Dark Anatomy, and an interesting look at the voting process in 1741 England. While well written and historically accurate, I felt that the ending was somewhat contrived in a too hasty manner. Still, I'll be waiting for another in the series.
May 26, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
Construction of plot misleads the reader who would like to solve the mystery along with the main characters of this series, the coroner and the doctor. Both these characters are appealing but I do lose patience with this flavor of trickery. I am plowing ahead to the next book in series, the latest. Then I will decide whether to follow this author. There is interesting historical information, so that might be enough to keep me going.
Georgia Lengyel
Mar 19, 2013 Georgia Lengyel rated it liked it
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I received this book as a Giveaway. I had read the first book in the series already, so the characters were not new to me. I enjoyed all the twists and turns throughout the story, but thought there was a lot in the book that could have been left out without making any major changes to the book. I read mystery book that are mostly staged in the past and in the British Isles. Their way of voting was very interesting. I liked the previous book better.
Jun 15, 2013 Sheelah rated it it was ok
I'm sorry to say that this book was not a great read. It was long, too long, and while I felt I got to know a few characters they were not enough to hold my interest. As I received it as a advanced reading copy, I felt an obligation to finish it. I do enjoy mysteries, but not particularly set in the 18th century.
I am only glad the author did not write it in "old english speak".
Sep 09, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Very good. Historical mystery of the mid-18th century, rural England, with political commentary. Several murders occur as the town prepares for the first contested election of the county's MP in some years, while the coroner Titus Cragg and his pal the young doctor try to seek the culprits and prevent more deaths. Human frailties abound....and humor.
Lizzy Pollard
Feb 13, 2016 Lizzy Pollard rated it liked it
Enjoyable, a good quick read and I didn't have the ending figured out before it came which I like, but it was a fairly pulpy read and that's really not my thing. And the ending annoyed me a bit too, rather than giving information in pieces and leaving the reader to work it out, the crucial parts were left until the very end before being handed out in a rush.
Nov 01, 2013 Kevin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I like books that incorporate historical facts and time elements and this book delivered with very high marks. Excellent mystery and fun to read. I highly recommend this book
Jan 04, 2014 T rated it it was ok
It wasn't particularly captivating and it was longer than it needed to be. At times it picked up but for the most part was a dry, forgettable read.
Sep 24, 2015 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one. This gets a little weighed down by the election politics, but it does have a surprising twist.
Sep 26, 2013 Jayw added it
Set in 1741. Coroner investigates suspicious drowning of drunken publican during lead up to Parliamentary elections.
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Robin Blake is the author of acclaimed works on the artists Van Dyke and Stubbs. He has written, produced and presented extensively for radio, is widely published as a critic, and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at BrunelUniversity. He lives in London.
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