A man in hanged for the murder of his own father
A mysterious body is found in someone else’s tomb.
And that’s just for starters.
Island of Bones was a lucky find for me. I came across it whilst looking at a friend’s bookcase one day and once I’d read the back and seen the map of Keswick where it is set – I knew I had to read it IMMEDIATELY. So I borrowed it (She has since gifted it to me – what a great friend!) and was immediately transported to the mysteriously spooky and grim Island of Bones.
So, who fancies being transported into the middle of a gothic whodunit set in the 18th century?
On the Island of Bones lies the tomb of the first Earl of Greta. When the tomb is opened there is one body too many….and so the mystery begins…
Story in a nutshell – I don’t want to give anything away – you have to discover this for yourself. And experience the thrill of a location not often represented in literature like this. But what I will say –
Gabriel Crowther’s family bought the Gretas’ land long ago and it was his brother that was hanged for murdering their own father – the Baron of Keswick. He returns to his old home, to try and discover the identity of the extra body. A secret that has been buried for 300 years resurfaces, and Crowther’s family’s bloody history is exposed in this historical thriller.
So, are you ready to travel to the Island of Bones?
St Herbert’s Island on Derwentwater
He thought of the skeleton recently discovered in the tomb on St Herbert’s Island
The little town of Keswick was becoming accustomed to the elegant coaches of approaching strangers appearing in its midst.
Druidic Stones nr Chestnut hill
There Keswick sits and whistles and is busy and behind that rise there are the stones the Druids left to watch us
This is the third book in the series of Crowther and Westerman but was the first book I came across and nothing was lost because of this. It is certainly a stand alone novel but one which makes you want to read the others in the series.
The author’s delicious descriptions draw you in to the mood and atmosphere of the novel.
The book is a gothic mystery with a difference. It has intrigue, beautiful yet spooky settings and a lot of history.
Here’s hoping that Crowther and Westerman maybe one day make it to the small screen. I would love to see the beauty as well as the mystery of Keswick show cased to the rest of the world. And for Imogen Robertson’s gothic thriller to be the literary path that we all take there.
Read more here – http://www.imogenrobertson.com/crowtherwesterman.html
I hear Imogen is stopping by tomorrow for some of the booktrailer’s famed cakes and tea. I’ll be sure to ask some questions about this book and more!