#Review: Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson @LauraSRobinson @MantleBooks @panmacmillan #DaughtersOfNight #HistoricalFiction
Release Date - 18th February 2021
Book length - 448 pages
Publisher - Mantle Books
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 . . .
Exquisitely-detailed with characters that capture the imagination, DAUGHTERS OF NIGHT by Laura Shepherd-Robinson is a historical novel that will captivate you from beginning to end.
It's 1782 and Caro Corsham has discovered the body of a fellow noble lady in the bowers of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Horrified and demanding justice be served, it is soon uncovered that this was no polite lady of society but a well-known prostitute called Lucy. And with that, the interest to uncover the killer dissipates as who cares about a woman of the night? But Caro will not be dissuaded and hires a thief-taker of her own to solve the mystery. But the more information they dig up, the more dangerous this becomes and Caro will soon come to realise that the powerful men involved have a lot to hide and are more than willing to kill again to keep their secrets hidden.
Georgian society comes alive in this story and the author genuinely makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, even when you don't want to be. The horrific treatment of women at the time is flawlessly woven into the tale and I loved seeing a well-to-do female character recognise the worth of all women in this story and fight for justice, even though she has her own type of limitations placed on her too. There are plenty of clues, misdirections, twists, and turns in this book which I absolutely loved, and I must admit I changed my mind regularly over who I thought the culprit was.
DAUGHTERS OF NIGHT by Laura Shepherd-Robinson is brimming with lust, power, murder, misguided romance, and more hiding among its pages, but more importantly strong, female characters who stand up for themselves at every turn. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Laura Shepherd-Robinson worked in politics for nearly twenty years before re-entering normal life to complete an MA in Creative Writing at City University. Blood & Sugar, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and the Sapere Historical Dagger; the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown; and the Amazon Publishing/Capital Crime Best Debut Novel.
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