Apr 11, 11
Read from March 30 to April 07, 2011
In the countryside of Sussex in the 1780's, Mrs. Westerman finds a dead man under an oak tree on her estate. She is the wife of a navy officer. Before having children, she used to go out to sea with her husband and has become accustomed to going after what she wants in an assertive manner -- even if it might put her in danger. She recruits a neighbor, a man of science who seems to have some experience as a physician of some kind, to help her learn why the man was killed. This cranky older man and Mrs. Westerman eventually ask too many questions, and the author shows us through their eyes how an 18th century town handles more than one murder mystery. Events unfold in London which relate to this crime, and Imogen Robertson does a wonderful job of bringing all types of characters to life. If you like mysteries, you will enjoy this book. It weaves the history of two countries and the dark history of one family into a beautiful portrait of countryside life in England.