Dark Waters (Cragg & Fidelis Mystery #2)
The setting for the second Cragg and Fidelis mystery is again Georgian Preston, with the time moving forward a year to 1741. When the pair are called to the drowning of the landlord of the Ferry Inn, whose corpse has turned up entangled in the River Ribble’s salmon traps, a complex investigation begins in which love, greed and politics all take a hand. A national general election campaign is on, with Preston’s two parliamentary seats being contested, and the town in a ferment of political debate punctuated by sporadic violence. The outbreak of deadly sickness that strikes a week before voting looks like a natural epidemic, but Dr Fidelis is convinced it is man-made and the possibility opens up that someone is trying to disrupt the vote. Is the mysterious political agent Denis Destercore part of the plot? And what of the role played by the town’s rat-catcher, and his beautiful grand-daughter Maggie, as she wins an election of her own as Preston’s May Queen? As the investigation proceeds Fidelis is led to conduct a strange forensic experiment, while Cragg seeks inspiration in his library, from writers as varied as Chaucer, Aesop and Izaak Walton.http://us.macmillan.com/darkwaters/Ro...

Dark Waters (Cragg & Fidelis Mystery #2) Details

TitleDark Waters (Cragg & Fidelis Mystery #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 2nd, 2012
PublisherMacmillan
ISBN-139780230761612
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction, Crime, Literature, 18th Century, European Literature, British Literature

Dark Waters (Cragg & Fidelis Mystery #2) Review

  • Gretchen
    January 1, 1970
    I think I enjoyed learning about the election process more than the mystery. I can see where some readers might find this novel to be a bit dry and an information overload. However, I found it fascinating.
  • Patti Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I was reluctant to continue to read this book after the first chapters as I am American and do not know anything about British politics let alone mid 18th century British politics. But, I had won this book in a goodreads giveaway and felt obligated. By the fifth chapter I was hooked. Mr. Blake is very good with red herrings. I can honestly say that this is now one of my favorite historical mysteries. Plus, thrown into the pot are the beginnings of "Rule Britannia" and, how the voting process I was reluctant to continue to read this book after the first chapters as I am American and do not know anything about British politics let alone mid 18th century British politics. But, I had won this book in a goodreads giveaway and felt obligated. By the fifth chapter I was hooked. Mr. Blake is very good with red herrings. I can honestly say that this is now one of my favorite historical mysteries. Plus, thrown into the pot are the beginnings of "Rule Britannia" and, how the voting process worked in the mid 1700's. All the while there are some murders to be solved and, for me, an ending I did not see coming. I loved this book and look forward to more in this series.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Goodreads GiveawayWhile I have not read the first Cragg & Fidelis mystery I did not have any trouble picking up this, the second in the series. Twists and turns in the investigation of a series of suspicious deaths, including some interesting early forensic techniques, set against a back drop of hotly contested Parlimentary elections. Kept me reading and I will look for more in this series.
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  • Helen Howerton
    January 1, 1970
    Second entry in the series is just as entertaining and compelling as the first. Using his friend Dr. Luke Fidelis as his Watson, Titus Cragg undertakes to solve what becomes a series of murders while following the fortunes of political intrigue in Preston. What I especially appreciate is that Coroner Cragg goes about his business without the edition of superfluous conflict -- hes the coroner and he's allowed to do his job -- no page-inflating troubles here.
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  • Cyn Mcdonald
    January 1, 1970
    I gave up halfway through. (If I'd been visiting Preston in 1741, I would have hurried away as soon as I could.) While Cragg and Fidelis are decent people, and their methods of detection are probably quite appropriate for their time, the story just was not engaging.
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  • Wilhelmena
    January 1, 1970
    At first I was bored, but with each new chapter, it became like I couldn't put the book down. I loved it
  • Elisa Cafferata
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn't finish this book .......
  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t put it down!
  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    Solid historical crime writing. Well researched feels authentic, feisty characters.
  • Vontel
    January 1, 1970
    Another good historical 1740's mystery set in Preston in Lancashire, the 2nd in a series.
  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    This one is also good because an important part of the plot is the intriguing by the mayor and city council; the mayor is not a friend to Cragg, but as he is a crown appointment, there is not much the mayor can do about it. Also part of the plot is the electioneering and election of MPs, so we learn about how politics is played out on the local level. I like historical mysteries that really make some or more aspect/s of life back then part of the plot, rather than those "historical" mysteries This one is also good because an important part of the plot is the intriguing by the mayor and city council; the mayor is not a friend to Cragg, but as he is a crown appointment, there is not much the mayor can do about it. Also part of the plot is the electioneering and election of MPs, so we learn about how politics is played out on the local level. I like historical mysteries that really make some or more aspect/s of life back then part of the plot, rather than those "historical" mysteries that just plop a modern character back in time dressed in the then style but modern in thought and manner. Why bother with all that? Fidelis and Elizabeth are developed as characters. It is not clear how old Cragg is but I am thinking 40ish at most. Elizabeth is somewhere in her 20's and Fidelis in his late 20's.
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  • Scilla
    January 1, 1970
    The book takes place in Preston, England in 1741. A man is found drowned, and Titus Cragg, the coroner is called. There is about to be an election, and there are two candidates each for the Whiggs and the Tories, and a lot of competition. Soon another man is found dead and Titus and his friend Dr. Fidelis find it was from poisoning. It soon appears that there might be a political reason for the deaths. Fidelis manages to prevent Titus being killed by a cudgel. Things are pretty confusing, but The book takes place in Preston, England in 1741. A man is found drowned, and Titus Cragg, the coroner is called. There is about to be an election, and there are two candidates each for the Whiggs and the Tories, and a lot of competition. Soon another man is found dead and Titus and his friend Dr. Fidelis find it was from poisoning. It soon appears that there might be a political reason for the deaths. Fidelis manages to prevent Titus being killed by a cudgel. Things are pretty confusing, but together, Cragg and Fidelis manage to figure everything out.
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  • Skjam!
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it. My copy was an Advance Reading Copy, and there may be minor changes in the final product.Dark Waters by Robin BlakeIt is the Year of Our Lord 1741 in the small but bustling English town of Preston. Attorney and coroner Titus Cragg is shocked but not surprised to find his drunkard uncle-in-law has fallen into the river and drowned. The coroner's jury rules it an accidental death, and that seems to be Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it. My copy was an Advance Reading Copy, and there may be minor changes in the final product.Dark Waters by Robin BlakeIt is the Year of Our Lord 1741 in the small but bustling English town of Preston. Attorney and coroner Titus Cragg is shocked but not surprised to find his drunkard uncle-in-law has fallen into the river and drowned. The coroner's jury rules it an accidental death, and that seems to be an end of it.But then a man falls dead under suspicious circumstances just before a hotly contested election is scheduled, and it just so happens that he shares strong political beliefs with the first to die. Is there a political conspiracy afoot? Mr. Cragg must unravel the riddle with the help of the young and scientifically inclined Dr. Luke Fidelis before there's no more room to store the bodies.This is the second historical mystery featuring the team of Cragg & Fidelis; I have not read the first. There are author's notes at the end concerning the politics and monetary system of the time, which enhance the value of the book. The characters are likable, and the plot moves well.Trigger Warning: period slut-shaming.This is good of its kind, and I recommend it to historical mystery fans.
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  • Alanna
    January 1, 1970
    over wordy no substance
  • Louise Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Second in this excellent series. Well up to the standard of the first
  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I like this team of Cragg and Fidelis. There are some moments of humor in Fidelis's character and Cragg's intimacies with his wife are fun and often funny. I like her (Elizabeth) a lot. The mysteries are intriguing given the setting (an english town) and the era (mid 1700s.) I really like books that give me some sense of living in the locality of them while I am reading. This is one such book. Well written, interesting, good characters and seems historically well researched. All three of his I like this team of Cragg and Fidelis. There are some moments of humor in Fidelis's character and Cragg's intimacies with his wife are fun and often funny. I like her (Elizabeth) a lot. The mysteries are intriguing given the setting (an english town) and the era (mid 1700s.) I really like books that give me some sense of living in the locality of them while I am reading. This is one such book. Well written, interesting, good characters and seems historically well researched. All three of his Cragg and Fidelis books have been good reads. I recommend them.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy the main characters in this mystery series and appreciate the historical details of the era that are included. I kind of got lost in the weeds with this one, with an abundance of minor characters and loads of political information. Even in the final chapters I was continually having to remind myself who everyone was and what political party they belonged to, much less trying to figure out the methods and motives of the perpetrators. Although this book wasn't a favorite, I'll continue to I enjoy the main characters in this mystery series and appreciate the historical details of the era that are included. I kind of got lost in the weeds with this one, with an abundance of minor characters and loads of political information. Even in the final chapters I was continually having to remind myself who everyone was and what political party they belonged to, much less trying to figure out the methods and motives of the perpetrators. Although this book wasn't a favorite, I'll continue to give this series a chance, and look forward to the next installment.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Construction of plot misleads the reader who would like to solve the mystery along with the main characters of this series, the coroner and the doctor. Both these characters are appealing but I do lose patience with this flavor of trickery. I am plowing ahead to the next book in series, the latest. Then I will decide whether to follow this author. There is interesting historical information, so that might be enough to keep me going.
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  • Georgia Lengyel
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a Giveaway. I had read the first book in the series already, so the characters were not new to me. I enjoyed all the twists and turns throughout the story, but thought there was a lot in the book that could have been left out without making any major changes to the book. I read mystery book that are mostly staged in the past and in the British Isles. Their way of voting was very interesting. I liked the previous book better.
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  • Kirk
    January 1, 1970
    A better book than the previous A Dark Anatomy, and an interesting look at the voting process in 1741 England. While well written and historically accurate, I felt that the ending was somewhat contrived in a too hasty manner. Still, I'll be waiting for another in the series.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Very good. Historical mystery of the mid-18th century, rural England, with political commentary. Several murders occur as the town prepares for the first contested election of the county's MP in some years, while the coroner Titus Cragg and his pal the young doctor try to seek the culprits and prevent more deaths. Human frailties abound....and humor.
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  • Lizzy Pollard
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable, a good quick read and I didn't have the ending figured out before it came which I like, but it was a fairly pulpy read and that's really not my thing. And the ending annoyed me a bit too, rather than giving information in pieces and leaving the reader to work it out, the crucial parts were left until the very end before being handed out in a rush.
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  • Sheelah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sorry to say that this book was not a great read. It was long, too long, and while I felt I got to know a few characters they were not enough to hold my interest. As I received it as a advanced reading copy, I felt an obligation to finish it. I do enjoy mysteries, but not particularly set in the 18th century.I am only glad the author did not write it in "old english speak".
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Dry writing and I had difficulty caring about any of the characters.
  • Jayw
    January 1, 1970
    Set in 1741. Coroner investigates suspicious drowning of drunken publican during lead up to Parliamentary elections.
  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    Another good one. This gets a little weighed down by the election politics, but it does have a surprising twist.
  • Kimberlee Gibbs
    January 1, 1970
    http://www.girllostinabook.com/2013/0...
  • Johanna
    January 1, 1970
    Totally disappointing.
  • Sari
    January 1, 1970
    Kept me entertained just enough to keep reading until the end.
  • T
    January 1, 1970
    It wasn't particularly captivating and it was longer than it needed to be. At times it picked up but for the most part was a dry, forgettable read.
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