“A Visible Darkness” by Michael Gregorio

A historical murder mystery set in Prussia in the early 1800s.

A Visible Darkness

A Visible Darkness

Prussian Magistrate, Hanno Stiffeniis is called in by the French authorities to investigate, a gruesome murder of an amber girl. The amber girls collect amber from the Baltic shore, a commodity much craved for by the French to support their war in Spain.

Amber is also much sought out by scientists for the inclusions of insects and other creatures which might give insight into the whole process of Creation. One collector might stop at nothing to get their grasping hands on such amber pieces.

A Visible Darkness amber

amber in Drybridge Market

The historical aspect of the novel is better than the mystery. The descriptions of daily life and the practice of medicine in Napoleonic times are fascinating as too are the many descriptions of amber, its properties and the way it is sought and desired. The mystery is rather transparent, a Cadfael or a Hercule Poirot would have cracked it long before our lumbering Hanno Stiffeniis. Stiffeniis was a student of Kant in Koenigsberg, but that connection isn’t essential to the story, it seems more like a celebrity name-drop.

Amber found in Kalingrad


My rating 4 out of 5


About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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