Blood & Sugar (Hardback)Laura Shepherd-Robinson (author)
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June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock - horribly tortured and branded with a slaver's mark.
Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham - a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career - is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He'd said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .
To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend's investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family's happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.
And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford.
Blood & Sugar is the thrilling debut historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 716 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 35 mm
'Deptford, a gateway to and from Britain's expanding empire, is evoked in pungent detail. The British slave trade was an appalling episode in our history and the novel is unflinching in its refusal to sentimentalise motives or to row back on the savagery of the times.' - The Daily Mail
'Laura Shepherd-Robinson has written a story that is not only a page-turner of a thriller but, to an extent unusual in historical novels, where you you really are listening to a voice from the eighteenth century. This is a world conveyed with convincing, terrible clarity.' - C. J. Sansom
'A novel of astonishing skill.' - The Financial Times
'A passionate indictment of British involvement in the slave trade but it never neglects its duty to chill and thrill.' - The Sunday Express
'A striking historical thriller... Few first novels are as accomplished as this.' - Andrew Taylor
'Epic, harrowing, thrilling, brutal, addictive. I read it flat out in one day.' - C. J. Tudor
'... A tense and gripping historical thriller that shines an unwavering light on a dark period in British history. Unmissable.' - Antonia Hodgson
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