The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart

One of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Fall Mysteries Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Summer Reading ListOne of The Washington Post’s Five New Thrillers & Mysteries for the BeachOne of Amazon’s Best of the MonthOne of Christian Science Monitor’s Ten Best Books of the Month One of LitHub’s Five Books You May Have Missed This MonthFrom the writer of the acclaimed Li Du novels comes Elsa Hart’s new atmospheric mystery series. London, 1703. In a time when the old techniques to technology coexist with the new, one elite community attempts to understand the sector through gathering its wonders. Sir Barnaby Mayne, the most formidable of these collectors, has devoted his lifestyles to filling his shelves. While the curious-minded vie for invitations to observe the uncommon stones, bones, books, and artifacts he has amassed, some visitors come with a darker purpose.For Cecily Kay, it’s miles a ardour for flowers that brings her to the Mayne house. The best puzzle she expects to come across is how to discover the specimens she desires within Sir Barnaby’s crowded shelves. But whilst her host is stabbed to death, Cecily finds the confession of the supposed killer unconvincing. She pays attention to details—years of practice have taught her that the smallest details can distinguish a innocent herb from a deadly one—and within the case of Sir Barnaby’s murder, there are too many inconsistencies for her to ignore.To find out the truth, Cecily need to enter the sector of the collectors, a realm where mind is distorted by way of obsession and greed. As her pursuit of solutions brings her in the direction of a killer, she dangers being given a very last resting location amid the bones that wait, silent and still, inside the cabinets of Barnaby Mayne.

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If The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne doesn’t grab you with the name alone, are you positive you’re a mystery fan?

Cecily Kay has come to the London domestic of the titular collector, hoping to definitively identify a few plants by comparing them to specimens in Barnaby Mayne’s Plant Room, by far the least interesting of his voluminous collections. When Mayne is stabbed to demise and a meek man confesses, Cecily smells a rat and uses her analytical skills to piece collectively the truth. To find out what sincerely happened, she should dive into the realm of collectors, whose hobbies often spill over into obsession.

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Elsa Hart explains why the world of Englightenment-era collectors is the suitable placing for a thriller.

This is a note-perfect whodunit, or even if Mayne went about his enterprise unmolested it might nevertheless be a deliciously creepy novel. Author Elsa Hart (Jade Dragon Mountain) has terrific amusing with the time period—it’s set in 1703—and the headaches of technological know-how and truth running headlong into mythology and occult beliefs. For a passionate collector, having their life’s paintings housed in an established and esteemed collection after demise conferred a sort of immortality. But some collectors sought a quicker route to electricity through rituals and rites. High society and the secret societies within make a first-rate backdrop for a tale that regularly hinges at the ways ladies are presumed unimportant, thus allowing them to explore and discover evidence even as going undetected.

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