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Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson
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Feb 02, 12

bookshelves: dnf

c2011. I seem to be on a bit of a downward spiral this week as far as books are concerned. This one again ticked all the boxes ie historical, mystery and set partly in West Sussex to boot! The first chapters were excellent - good pace, nice character build up and the setting of a plot but then, for me, it all kind of fizzled away. I was determined to keep going as I really did not want another DNF but when the plot jumped to Boston - I lost all patience. I know that the Telegraph said the "the plot is serpentine and satisfying, with enough false trails and distractions to create a genuine mystery." Well, serpentine is quite a good description but not necessarily complimentary and I am not quite sure why the term "genuine mystery" would be used. FWFTB: forbidding, missing, heir, menace, investigate. FCN: Gabriel Crowther, Alexander Adams, Harriet Westman, Sir Hugh, Claver Wicksteed.
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