Daughters of Night (Paperback)Laura Shepherd-Robinson (author)
From the author of Blood & Sugar, Daughters of Night is a chilling, evocative murder mystery set in the glimmering town houses and dark alleyways of Georgian London.
Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2022
Shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2022
From the brothels and gin-shops of Covent Garden to the elegant townhouses of Mayfair, Laura Shepherd-Robinson's Daughters of Night follows Caroline Corsham, as she seeks justice for a murdered woman whom London society would rather forget ...
Lucia's fingers found her own. She gazed at Caro as if from a distance. Her lips parted, her words a whisper: 'He knows.'
London, 1782. Desperate for her politician husband to return home from France, Caroline 'Caro' Corsham is already in a state of anxiety when she finds a well-dressed woman mortally wounded in the bowers of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Bow Street constables are swift to act, until they discover that the deceased woman was a highly-paid prostitute, at which point they cease to care entirely. But Caro has motives of her own for wanting to see justice done, and so sets out to solve the crime herself. Enlisting the help of thieftaker, Peregrine Child, their inquiry delves into the hidden corners of Georgian society, a world of artifice, deception and secret lives.
But with many gentlemen refusing to speak about their dealings with the dead woman, and Caro's own reputation under threat, finding the killer will be harder, and more treacherous than she can know ...
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 414 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 38 mm
'Come for the clever mystery, stay reading late into the night for the vivid, tender portrayal of a world where women are bought, sold and abused, yet fight to retain their vim and dignity. I would gamble what's left of my virtue on Daughters of Night being the best historical crime novel I will read this year' - Antonia Senior, The Times
'Outstanding' - Sarah Hughes, The i
'Here's one where the pages turn all by themselves and the plot doesn't let you go' - Diane Setterfield
'This is right up with the best of C. J. Sansom and Andrew Taylor ... A real treat, for readers of literary, detective and historical fiction' - Amanda Craig
'Shepherd-Robinson's ingenious plotting, eagle eye for detail and evocative prose picked me up and dropped me in the underbelly of Georgian London. Like all the best historical fiction it makes the reader think as much about the way we live now as then' - Erin Kelly
'A dark, fascinating and richly imagined world - brilliantly done!' - Ruth Ware
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“A brilliant page turner”
London, 1782. Sightly before my go to favourite Victorian period but oh how Laura Shepherd-Robinson is doing her very best, and succeeding, to nudge me towards the Georgians.
The main characters of this historical... More
“Will you follow this dark path?”
London, 1782, Caro Corsham finds a woman mortally wounded in the bowers of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens...
When the constables discover the deceased was a high-society lady of the night, they stop looking for the culprit... More
“A Nice Mystery Read!”
****THINGS I LIKED****
1) Great Characters
2) Nice Portrayal of the Political Historic Period
3) Satisfactorily Packed Mystery Read
4) Good Plotline
****THINGS I DISLIKE****
1) A Little too Stretched Read
2) Lost... More
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