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Instruments of Darkness Hardcover – 14 May 2009

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  • Hardcover : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0755348397
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0755348398
  • Dimensions : 18.2 x 3.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Publisher : Headline Review (14 May 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 132 ratings

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'A well-written and multilayered story, which kept me engaged from the first to the last page' * Historical Novels Review * 'The doings of her characters may be darker than pitch but my lady's craftsmanship is beyond doubt' * Time Out * 'Makes you want to read every word...the plot is serpentine and satisfying, with enough false trails and distractions to create a genuine mystery' * Telegraph * 'Wit and energy make it an enjoyable read' * Literary Review * 'Poetic, enchanting, and chillingly memorable. Imogen Robertson is an exquisite writer, and this is an extraordinary thriller' * Tess Gerritsen * 'An irresistible debut - stylish, enigmatic and wonderfully atmospheric. Imogen Robertson's murder mystery evokes the squalor and grandeur of Georgian England, from dingy Soho rooms to sinister Sussex mansions, so vividly and compellingly that I half-wondered if this was really fiction or hidden history. It's a story of secrecy and shame, reason and passion, that resonates long after you reach the final page' * Francis Wheen * '[An] extremely impressive debut...a story, told by Robertson with great panache, of jealousy, greed and unkindness among the upper classes. She has a light touch and, best of all, does not burden the reader with a surfeit of dry research' * The Times *

About the Author

Imogen Robertson is a TV, film and radio director. She grew up in Darlington, then studied Russian and German at Cambridge University, and now lives in London. She worked for a children`s production company for eight years before becoming a freelance director. She directs the hit Cbeebies show Numberjacks for TV and radio, and won an RTS award in 2006 for one of her episodes. She has also worked on short documentaries for Teachers` TV and continuity pieces for Cbeebies. Instruments of Darkness is her first novel.

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