A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake. Library Call Number:PR6102.L347D37 2012.Coroner Titus Cragg is called from breakfast by a servant boy from Garlick Hall-- home of the prestigious county squire—with ghastly news. The squire’s wife, Dolores Brockletower, has been found in the woods with her throat savagely slashed. So begins an English mystery in the time of King George II. Relying on wits and the help of his friend, the learned doctor Luke Fidelis, Cragg needs to quickly unravel the roots of the murder. Was it the work of anatomists, who ply their trade illegally? Could it have been the result of those jealous of the squire, or the lady, or those in line to inherit the land and Hall of the Brockletowers? Was it, as some of the common people believe, an act of Woodoo? For Dolores was not of English lands, being a West Indies planter’s daughter brought home by the squire in his sailing days.
An historical mystery with lots of the flavor of the age, Blake’s book is a surprising juxtaposition of the old and new and the result is a satisfying jump into the 18th century.