“Island of Bones is the 3rd in the Westerman Crowther mystery series and like the others, it is sent in the 18th century. Gabriel Crowther and Harriet Westerman travel to Cumbria to investigate an extra body found in a tomb, and Crowther's history is revealed.
I have not read the previous two books and found I was able to read this without having previous knowledge of the series. The book is a mystery and keeps the reader guessing through most of it. When I did work out who the villain was, I was eager to get to the end to see if I was right.
This is a cleverly constructed book that mixes history with folk magic and paganism. There is an entertaining cast of characters and the story moves along at a reasonable pace. The story is well written and the author is very good at describing things, allowing the reader to build a clear image in the mind.
A criticism of this book and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is a bit confusing at times. I will be reading the previous novels and look forward to the next one, Circle of Shadows. Fans of Philippa Gregory will enjoy this.”