Dark Anatomy—by Robin Blake ;Published by Panmacmilan ; Pages 372 ; Price Rs 350/-
Just as Sherlock Holmes made 221 b Baker Street, London known the world over, a certain townhouse in central Preston is making its mark on the literary map. “Cheapside ”, but it certainly rings bells for those who regularly walk the streets of Lancashire’s largest city. Robin Blake, a Preston-born author better known for his biographies of artists, has turned his hand to historical crime fiction and the first of a new series looks set to put both his talents and his old home town centre stage.
With no formal law enforcement in place, it is left to Cragg and Fidelis, to discover the truth. The story is told through Cragg’s dry-witted narrative and recounts the duo’s investigations into the murder and subsequent affairs. Fidelis is cheerfully irreverent though fundamentally Catholic in his beliefs, which plays off well against Cragg’s Anglican pragmatism. The ambitious and headstrong young doctor Luke Fidelis bases his discoveries on science rather than irrational judgment often take the cautious Coroner to the most unexpected corners of enquiry.