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The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

London, 1703. In a time when the old approaches to science coexist with the new, one elite community attempts to understand the world by collecting its wonders. Sir Barnaby Mayne, the most formidable of these collectors, has devoted his life to filling his cabinets. While the curious-minded vie for invitations to study the rare stones, bones, books, and artifacts he has amassed, some visitors come with a darker purpose.

For Cecily Kay, it is a passion for plants that brings her to the Mayne house. The only puzzle she expects to encounter is how to locate the specimens she needs within Sir Barnaby’s crowded cabinets. But when 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 particulars can distinguish a harmless herb from a deadly one—and in the case of Sir Barnaby’s murder, there are too many inconsistencies for her to ignore.

To discover the truth, Cecily must enter the world of the collectors, a realm where intellect is distorted by obsession and greed. As her pursuit of answers brings her closer to a killer, she risks being given a final resting place amid the bones that wait, silent and still, in 'THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE'.

Titulo:The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781250142818
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Elsa Hart is the author of three acclaimed mystery novels set in eighteenth-century China. The most recent, City of Ink, was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2018. The daughter of a journalist, Elsa was born in Rome and spent much of her childhood abroad, attending international schools in Moscow and Prague. She is drawn to stories about travelers throughout history, and likes to put her o


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  • ScrappyMags

    Agatha Christie would be proud!Shortest Summary Ever: It’s 1703 (the place to be!) and Cecily Kay has returned to London to visit the home of collector Barnaby Mayne. While searching for botanical i...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Sir Barnaby Mayne, filling his cabinets with curious wonders of the world, is quite the character. It’s a time when old science and new science are merging in 1700s London. People love to visit his ...

  • Faith

    “...the unkempt mass of curls on his head looked less like a wig than like a gray cat posing as a wig to escape pursuing hounds.” I loved the descriptions in this book. In 1703 the famous collecto...

  • Juli

    This story reads like a classic mystery. The pace is a bit slower....but the story is rich and well worth the wait. Set in London in 1703, this tale centers around Collectors. Collectors are an elite,...

  • Susan Johnson

    When I read a book I am looking for a good story first. I also like strongly drawn characters, preferably with at least one likable one and a good sense of place. In this one I didn't find that. I fou...

  • Dana

    A historical murder mystery set in 1703, a strong lead female character with an obsession for plants and a collector that has been stabbed to death ... and that's just a tiny part of this puzzle!Cecil...

  • Blaine DeSantis

    Thank you NetGalley and St, Martin's Press for this advance copy in return for my honest review. I feel that I should have liked this book a whole lot more than I did. The plot is pretty good, a priva...

  • Jessica Haider

    3.5 starsThe Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne reads like a classic Agatha Christie novel. Set in London in 1703, the plot of the book centers around the murder of Barnaby Maybe, a wealthy collector who's hou...

  • Samantha

    Imagine playing a live game of clue in 1703 at a grand estate with one of the foremost curiosity collectors in the world, and you’ll conjure up something akin to The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne, a lig...

  • Krista

    Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 starsElsa Hart has written another intriguing historical mystery. I have her "Li Du" historical mystery series, set in China in the 18th century, on my bookshelf. However, ...

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