A national bestseller and one of the New York Public Library’s Books to Remember, An Instance of the Fingerpost is a thrilling historical mystery from Iain Pears. AN INSTANCE OF THE FINGERPOST [Iain Pears] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in Oxford in the s – a time and place of great. An Instance of the Fingerpost [Iain Pears] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Oxford, a servant girl confesses to a murder. But four.

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He carries a torch for Sarah. What a marvelous book. An Instance of the Fingerpost had been on my radar for quite some time before I actually picked it up. Four men of different backgrounds who recount the events that led to the murder and beyond. Jul 15, Slayde rated it liked it Recommends it for: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: This is an ideal novel to get lost in during these colder, winter days – if fingdrpost don’t think that a long, historical mystery of England in the 17th century cannot be absorbing, I’d recommend trying An Instance of the Kain.

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An Instance of the Fingerpost

His well-known novel series features Jonathan Argyll, art historian, though international fame first arrived with his best selling book An Instance of the Fingerpostwhich was translated into several languages. Thomas worked for Henry the VIII and did lose his head not unusual for anyone who worked closely with the colossally paranoid King.


It’s a critically acclaimed murder mystery that takes place in England right after Cromwell’s death and the king’s return to the throne as is the current book I’m reading – I’m not too sure how that happened! Iain Pairs cleverly creates three accounts of a murder and embeds his narrative in 17th century England before and during the restoration.

Only one reveals the extraordinary truth. King Lear tells the story of a once-powerful monarch humiliated and unraveled by his own weakness and the treachery of his children. How does Pears use Oxford as a microcosmic reflection of the larger, more tumultuous society?

Don’t have a Kindle? It’s a veritable stew of contrary beliefs and mistrust. Why did he behave so charitably towards Anne Blundy? He certainly gave her just cause.

As long as one is willing to grind through the first pages, of course. It aiin cruel that we are granted the desire to know, but denied the time to do so properly. An extremely engaging historical novel set in s Oxford, with a side trip to London. But how do we ascertain the truth with the problems inherent in trusting any individual account of events, especially those lacking personal knowledge or only partially witnessed.

View all 4 comments. It is one of fo cities which keeps one foot proudly in the past.

The Dream of Scipio. For the last few decades, the residents of Oxford as well as many of the subjects throughout England are wrestling over questions of religion, politics, and science.

The author definitely achieved that.

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This was a very good novel — but as I said, my very high expectations led instwnce to feel a little let down by it. But I will never know now as I know the whole story already. Get to Know Us. A historical novel starts from fact, but its creator must mesh fiction with facts to create a compelling narrative.


None fingerpot these people is completely reliable; each tells the story as he sees it, often concealing events or distorting or even lying. The Civil War has just ended.

We hear the story of the death from four witnesses—each tells his own version of what happened. Although few fell with the Commonwealth, equally few forgot their injuries. This is a wildly unrealistic smoothed down scrubbed and washed version of something no 17th century person would ever have written. Instancs haunting as The Name of the Rose, it is a novel about deception and self-deception, about the scientific method and Jesuitical chicanery, above all about political expedience and religious transcendence.

English Choose a language for shopping. View all 17 comments. View all 7 comments. Other than Gillespie and Pfars, I can’t remember another novel which pulled off the notion of the unreliable narrator quite so masterfully, and Gillespie and I was only working with one lead.

Apr 24, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh also, people did not fingerpist stuff like this in the 17th century, not even slightly.

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