What’s New (ish) for August

Who doesn’t love a good mystery set in the 18th century, especially one that describes daily life and includes informational history about medicine, forensic knowledge and the societal and legal dynamics of small English villages…

Check out these Cragg & Fidelis mysteries authored by Robin Blake:

  • A Dark Anatomy (1)

Lancashire, 1740.  A grim discovery has been made: a Squire’s wife, Dolores Brockletower, lies in the woods above her home, Garlick Hall, her throat brutally slashed. Called to the scene, Coroner Titus Cragg finds the Brockletower household awash with rumor and suspicion. He enlists the help of his astute young doctor friend, Luke Fidelis, to throw light on the case.

  • Dark Waters (2)

Preston, 1741. The drowning of drunken publican Antony Egan is no surprise – even if it comes as unpleasant shock to coroner Titus Cragg, whose wife is the old man’s niece. But he does his duty to the letter, and the inquest’s verdict is accidental death.  But Cragg’s close friend Luke Fidelis finds evidence to cast doubt on the events leading up to Egan’s demise.

  • The Hidden Man (3)

Preston, 1742.  The people of Preston are looking forward to their ancient once-every-twenty-years festival of merriment and excess, the Preston Guild. But the prospect darkens as the town plunges into a financial crisis caused by the death of pawnbroker and would-be banker Philip Pimbo, shot behind the locked door of his office.  Is it suicide? Coroner Titus Cragg suspects so, but Dr Luke Fidelis disagrees.

  • Skin and Bone (4)

Preston, 1743.  The tanners of Preston are a pariah community, plying their unwholesome trade beside a stretch of riverside marsh where many Prestonians by ancient right graze their livestock. When the body of a newborn child is found in one of their tanning pits, Cragg’s inquiry falls foul of a cabal of merchants dead set on modernizing the town’s economy and regarding the despised tanners – and Cragg’s apparent championship of them – as obstacles to their plan.

  • Rough Music (5)

East Lancashire, 1744.  When an epidemic disease threatens the town of Preston, coroner Titus Cragg retires with his wife and baby son to a remote village in East Lancashire, where he hopes his family will enjoy the healthy and tranquil air. But Cragg finds the rural atmosphere anything but peaceful when he’s called upon to investigate the horrific death of a local woman who has fallen victim to a cruel community punishment.

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