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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When an Oxford don is murdered, it seems at first that the incident can have nothing to do with great matters of church and state.

Who poured the arsenic into the victim’s brandy? The evidence points to Sarah Blundy, a servant girl She confesses to the crime and is sentenced to be hanged. Each of four narrators — a Venetian medical student, a young man intent on proving his late father innocent of treason, a cryptographer and an archivist — fingers a different culprit Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? When an Oxford don is murdered, it seems at first that the incident can have nothing to do with great matters of church and state Yet, little is as it seems in this gripping novel, which dramatizes the ways in which witnesses can see the same events yet remember them falsely.

Each of four narrators—a Venetian medical student, a young man intent on proving his late father innocent of treason, a cryptographer, and an archivist—fingers a different culprit Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I love finberpost good mystery and history interests me, as well. So I was fortunate to find An Instance of the Fingerpost. What a perfect combination for a book! Iain Pairs cleverly creates three accounts of a murder and embeds his narrative ifngerpost 17th century England before and during the restoration.


This historical fiction drove me to research the characters and setting as I was reading it.

Now, I am more informed about that time period and the forces behind the revolt. I loved reading this story from different perspectives.

After reading 3 different versions of the same events, only one conclusion prevailed. Which version is the truth? What a marvelous book. It is so intricately plotted and erudite and full of history. It teaches while entertaining on a grand scale. A book to be savored. No page turner; rather, a thought provoking historical novel set in England, just after the restoration. While the plot of the book revolves around a murder, the mystery is the nature of truth itself.

This book is exactly in my favored genre. Finally, the ending is most satisfying. I had a great time living in the world that Pears created. I enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot from it. The story is interesting and I enjoyed the 17th century setting. The language, environment and events rang true to the time.

The characters are well drawn and interesting, most real people from that time like Boyle and Locke. The sections are told by different characters with different points of view. Fingeerpost more information emerged I kept changing my beliefs about people and events. The ending is perfect, which I didn’t think possible given what Instanc thought I knew up to that point.

One of the best books I’ve read this year. A fascinating book, creative, well-written and extremely well-researched. Pears does a beautiful job of capturing a period of history, not jnstance political, but social and religious.

His approach of using different voices and the emergence of their personalities and perspectives is effective and thought-provoking. My only complaint is that it is over-long and becomes tedious to the point where I was glad to finish it. One person found this helpful.

I was impressed by Pears’s grasp of the period and its complex cross-currents of science, religion, and superstition. The technique of presenting the story through the accounts of four different narrators requires patience on the reader’s part, but the pace builds rapidly at the end, as the true meaning of the events unfolds.

If you enjoy the rich historical texture of C. Samson’s Shardlake mysteries, you’ll find this equally rewarding. Mass Sn Paperback Verified Purchase. At the time of this writing, there were reviews of this book on Amazon. The variety among them pexrs amazing! I don’t see how anyone in their right literary mind, however, can conclude that this is not a GREAT piece of fiction.


It is all here and managed by a master of his craft. The device of four differing perspectives of the “murder” is ingenious and satisfying.

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I just have one question. Why does a great book like this have to be SO long, and at times, tedious? I know that right away some will dismiss that comment as unscholarly and unworthy of the serious reader. Maybe so, but I am not afraid of a long read. It is just that in plowing through the plot, I often concluded that the four narrators were far tooo detailed in matters unrelated to that plot.

Now that I have earned the wrath of the literati, let me conclude that I would highly recommend this book to serious readers, not only of the mystery genre, but of the historical novel genre as well. To those devoted readers in the Dan Brown fan club, however, I offer one piece of advice in a Latin phrase – caveat lector!!

Let the reader beware. From the beginning I was immediately captivated by the detailed characterization of people’s way of thinking about and understanding the world at a time and place when how people thought about and understood the world was changing at a rapid pace. Yes, the central event is a murder but really, the murder and it’s mystery is really trivial to the story. If you are reading this for a fast-paced thriller, murder-mystery, you will probably be quickly bored.

As historical fiction, this is the best I’ve ever read. The characters are simply vehicles for presenting the ways of thought but Pears built a brilliant web of a fictional story to connect it all.

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