The tranquility of a country manor is shattered when a man is found murdered. It’s 1780 and Harriet Westerman, the mistress of the estate, decides to consult the reclusive Gabriel Crowther, who specializes in anatomy and the study of the evidence of violence left on the body, in order to investigate the killing.
The victim appears to be a stranger and has a ring with the crest of the once powerful family of nearby Thornleigh Hall. The family of Thornleigh Hall is in decline as the father is seriously ill, the oldest son has left the family, and the second oldest son drinks too much. The dark secrets of Thornleigh Hall seem to pervade the community creating a threat that Harriet and Gabriel feel all too well.
The menace from Thornleigh Hall may reach even more distant places as Alexander Adams is killed in his music shop in London. His young daughter witnessed the event and the murderer continues to hunt her and her young brother. Yet somehow there might be a link between Thornleigh Hall and Alexander. In Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson the web of deceit and lies must be untangled to stop any more deaths. Harriet and Gabriel make a likable detective team in this new series that feels true to the time.