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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, 1 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 . . .


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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, 1 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 . . .

30 review for Daughters of Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Laura Shepherd-Robinson follows up her stunning debut of Blood and Sugar with an equally enthralling and multilayered historical murder mystery with some familiar characters set a year later in 1782 in the London of Georgian England. The central protagonist this time is the wife of Captain Harry Corsham, Caroline. Harry is away in France after his investigation into the horrors of the slave trade and the brutal murder of a slave. His absence heightens Caro's anxieties, given the unbearable predi Laura Shepherd-Robinson follows up her stunning debut of Blood and Sugar with an equally enthralling and multilayered historical murder mystery with some familiar characters set a year later in 1782 in the London of Georgian England. The central protagonist this time is the wife of Captain Harry Corsham, Caroline. Harry is away in France after his investigation into the horrors of the slave trade and the brutal murder of a slave. His absence heightens Caro's anxieties, given the unbearable predicament she finds herself in and which threatens to bring her world crumbling down. She is at the Victoria Pleasure Gardens where she hears the whispered last words of the Italian Lady Lucia that give her cause for concern. Lucia's murder is initially taken up by the Bow Street Constables, but dropped like a hot potato when it is revealed that Lucia is in reality a high class prostitute known as Lucy Loveless. Caro is unwilling to let matters rest there as she instigates an investigation into Lucy's killing, an act that is going to bring threats and obstacles into her life, there are many that are intent on ensuring that she drops her inquiry, with the gentleman who knew Lucy refusing to disclose relevant information. Despite the dangers and terrors she faces, the courageous Caro is determined and continues on her chosen path, aided by the thief taker Peregrine Child, a man struggling with and stalked by his own demons. The reader is immersed into the highest and lowest circles of London society, a London of vast inequalities and extreme poverty, in all its filth, seediness, brothels, crime, desperation, scandals, hypocrisy, secret, lies, corruption and treachery as the lid is lifted on one of the biggest amoral economic earners of the period, the sex trade and prostitution in which women and girls are bought and sold like any other commodity. Women have barely any rights in this historical period, and even women like Caro have limitations placed on their lives, unable to control their finances, face devastating punishments and consequences, disgrace, and ostracism, judged and condemned harshly for any perceived transgressions. The author beautifully and atmospherically evokes Georgian London with her wide cast of flawed and complicated characters, the well researched historical details, the sharp class, social, economic, political and gender divisions, and the rich descriptions which make the period come vibrantly alive. The highlight of the novel were the strong women and the depth of the characters, multidimensional and flawed, even when it comes to the depiction of 15 year old Pamela. This is a thrilling, entertaining and gripping historical mystery that examines the sex trade, full of suspense and tension, with unexpected twists, informative, educational and insightful of Georgian England, and the position of women in that time. This is high quality historical fiction that I recommend highly. Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    In the wrong hands a secret is a weapon. Caroline Corsham’s life is forever altered the night she stumbles over the brutalised body of a woman she thought she knew…and hears her dying words. Caro can’t get the tortured whisper of ‘he knows’ out of her mind. Could it be about the secret she holds close? But then everything changes. It stuns her to discover that her ‘friend’ was not an Italian noblewoman, but a high-class prostitute. One with dangerous acquaintances in both high and low society. It In the wrong hands a secret is a weapon. Caroline Corsham’s life is forever altered the night she stumbles over the brutalised body of a woman she thought she knew…and hears her dying words. Caro can’t get the tortured whisper of ‘he knows’ out of her mind. Could it be about the secret she holds close? But then everything changes. It stuns her to discover that her ‘friend’ was not an Italian noblewoman, but a high-class prostitute. One with dangerous acquaintances in both high and low society. It’s clear that the police intend to brush the murder aside. After all, who cares about a dead whore? But Caro isn’t the type of lady to let things slide. Hiring the thief-taker Peregrine Child to assist her enquiries, she sets out to discover what happened in the bower of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens that evening. And it turns out that there are, in fact, a good number of people taking an interest in this murdered girl, because they all have something to hide. To bring the killer to justice, Caro is going to have to put everything she has on the line… Child surveyed the women he passed, trying to pick the harlots out from the wives. It was no easy task. They bought their silks and satins from the same mantua-makers, their plumed hats from the same milliners, and, of course, they fucked the same men. The first thing to note about Daughters of Night is that it’s a story rich in historical detail, cinematic and yet fundamentally lived-in. This is no sanitised version of the past, but neither is it a caricature. The depiction of the Georgian underworld is layered with threat and possibility, but in the author’s hands it is a world made real, every person and place vividly depicted, each made plausible beyond the demands of the plot. From the Whore’s Club to the artist’s salon, the gin shops and private men’s clubs, each setting feels authentically realised, populated with characters who are fleshed out and vibrant on the page. They are, however, far from being a bunch of honest, hardworking citizens with not a conviction to their name. If you go into this assuming every person has a dodgy past (and possibly an even dodgier present), you wouldn’t be far wrong. The sheer wealth of potential suspects and shady individuals means that this is a puzzle that will keep you guessing right until the end. In the meantime, you’ll be riveted by a twisty journey full of misdirection. Each revelation is crafted with precision, following the investigative path bulldozed by Caro’s unrelenting methods of persuasion and Peregrine’s sharp eye for lies and half truths. Caro, in particular, is an incredible character. Even at her most challenging, I was unashamedly cheering her on. She is near fearless; partly due to the assumed protections accorded by her class, wealth, and gender, but more importantly, and more appealingly, her boldness is that of a person determined to set things right. It’s this aspect of her personality that keeps her moving forwards even as the men around her try to constrain her action and even more so when it becomes clear that it’s not only prostitutes who are in danger of losing their lives. When the reputations, and fortunes, of important men are threatened, anybody who rocks the boat is in danger of being thrown overboard. Does she let this stop her? Hell no. Clearly, I’m a huge fan. I really hope we get meet her again someday. The second is that for all that this was an engrossing murder mystery, it was the interweaving of larger themes which elevated the book to the class of unmissable fiction. The role of women is an obvious focus, but equally the author examines the power of wealth and tradition, of corruption and injustice, as well as the conflict between various communities and those of whom they disapprove. The role of social expectation and judgement in moderating behaviour occurs in all levels of society represented, a backdrop against which an individual’s character (or lack thereof) can be measured according to community, personal, or modern ideals. These questions underlie all the action, giving the reader an intriguing glimpse into contemporary patterns of thinking. Importantly, there are no disapproving overtones imposed from today. While the book explores the Georgian sex trade in its various forms, it doesn’t ever feel voyeuristic. According to the historical notes at the end of the novel, ‘one in five female Londoners had participated in prostitution at some point in their lives’. In a world like this, the sex is the least interesting part. And the author knows it. What she offers here is a look at the people involved, mostly women and girls, whose various experiences highlight the limitations of female agency in a time dominated by men. The precarity of female lives is clear. Even if some of the women are able to make choices, they do so within a framework of male control and desire. Regardless, this is not just a litany of downtrodden women to be pitied. As always, those at the bottom find their own ways of managing, exploiting, or escaping the rules others oppose upon them. In the end, it’s the women who make this story and who linger in the mind afterwards. Clever, compelling, and labyrinthine in its plotting, this is a fantastically fun read. There’s no doubt that this will be on my favourites of 2021 list. ARC via Netgalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 This story gives us a g,impse into the political history and all classes of society. It's set in London in 1782. Caro Corsham is on the hunt for the killer of her friend who is also a prostitute, Lucy Lawless and two other missing women. Caro hires private investigator Peregrine Child to help her find out what had happened to them. It took me a little while to get into this book but when I did, I quite enjoyed it. It's full of twist and turns. The characters are well roun 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 This story gives us a g,impse into the political history and all classes of society. It's set in London in 1782. Caro Corsham is on the hunt for the killer of her friend who is also a prostitute, Lucy Lawless and two other missing women. Caro hires private investigator Peregrine Child to help her find out what had happened to them. It took me a little while to get into this book but when I did, I quite enjoyed it. It's full of twist and turns. The characters are well rounded and likeable. The descriptions of London were true to the era. The story is told by Caro and Child's point of view. It's well written. Poverty, hardships and smells are well portrayed. With murders abound, who could you trust. I would like to thank NetGalley, Pan Macmillan and the author Laura Shepherd-Robinson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The tale begins in 1782 in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, when Mrs Caroline Corsham the respected wife of politician Harry, discovers Lucia a lady she knows fatally injured. Lucia’s last words “He knows” worries Caroline as she is afraid her secret may be revealed. Caroline is surprised to hear that her friend Lucia was actually a high class prostitute and that the police are not going to investigate her murder. Caroline hires thief taker Peregrine Child to investigate the poor girls murder, she The tale begins in 1782 in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, when Mrs Caroline Corsham the respected wife of politician Harry, discovers Lucia a lady she knows fatally injured. Lucia’s last words “He knows” worries Caroline as she is afraid her secret may be revealed. Caroline is surprised to hear that her friend Lucia was actually a high class prostitute and that the police are not going to investigate her murder. Caroline hires thief taker Peregrine Child to investigate the poor girls murder, she is lead into the underworld of London whilst trying to catch the murderer. This is a fascinating, fast paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. It really bought Georgian London to life, we saw both sides of life, the living in poverty and doing whatever it takes to survive and the privileged side where money speaks for itself. If like me you love a mystery, with an historical theme added then this is the book for you. There are plenty of twists along the way and remember everything is not how it first appears to be!!! I haven’t read her other book “Blood And Sugar” but will definitely look for it now!! Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Many thanks to Net Galley, Pan Macmillan and the author for a chance to read this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. Laura Shepherd-Robinson burst into the scene of literary fiction with the hugely successful Blood and Sugar and I have been looking forward to reading it for quite some time now. But like all crazy book addicts, TBR pile seems to be growing leaps and bounds and none of us hardly seem to make any dent in it. Honestly, I do wonder why in the world do we have a TBR if we ar Many thanks to Net Galley, Pan Macmillan and the author for a chance to read this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. Laura Shepherd-Robinson burst into the scene of literary fiction with the hugely successful Blood and Sugar and I have been looking forward to reading it for quite some time now. But like all crazy book addicts, TBR pile seems to be growing leaps and bounds and none of us hardly seem to make any dent in it. Honestly, I do wonder why in the world do we have a TBR if we are never gonna get into it.My new year resolution to concentrate on my TBR before taking up anything new has already gone for a toss and at the rate I am going, looks like it will be another 6 months before I even look into it. Well, that’s me going blah…blah...blah... Now to this spectacular story called Daughters Of Night. ‘Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.’ The bowers of Vauxhall pleasure gardens is not a place to be seen visiting in the dead of the night. But Caroline Corsham is desperate and is therefore ready to take a chance but what she encounters is more shocking than ever imagined in her wildest dreams. And as Caro realizes that the Bow Street runners are not invested in the truth, she appoints Peregrine Child a thief taker who has his own share of troubles and nightmares to live with. England in 1782 has been captured breath-takingly by the author, the beau monde with its fickle attentions, the gossips, the scandals, the sinful acts committed behind closed doors and above all, the women who bow to the men for their daily lives. As the tale alternates between Perry’s and Caro’s enquiries, the reader is given a clear picture of the darkness that may hide inside a human irrespective of the class or gender they belong to. The female characters in the story are strong and well characterized, be it Lucy or Pamela or Kitty or Theresa, each of them throwing light on the different aspects of life while the men like Edward, Simon, Lord March and Stone evoke anger and revulsion for their nonchalance and dare. In the wrong hands, a secret is a weapon. As the mystery deepens with secrets emerging out of each meeting and Caro is forced to let bygones be bygones, danger lurks in every corner and the insidious threats worm its way to Caro’s household. The author has penetrated the deepest layers of a human mind with myriad topics like money lending, sex trade, antique dealings, the secret clubs and their debauchery and the classical Greek paintings described informatively and effectively. Daughters of the Night is an extremely thrilling and compelling read with twists that leaves the reader stunned, encapsulating a Georgian England that is so strikingly vibrant. I can’t wait to get my hands on Blood and Sugar after this. Highly recommended! This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India and Twitter.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This is as good as it gets in the realms of historical fiction. Blood & Sugar, the debut novel was incredibly accomplished and I was thrilled to receive an arc of this book. Let me tell you, this was just as good. Laura Shepherd-Robinson is one to watch out for: a new tour de force in the historical mystery genre. I learned lots of new facts : pineapples! Mice eyebrows! New favourite author!Put down what you’re doing and go and check this author out!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Daughters of Night is Shepherd-Robinson’s sophomore work of historical crime, and although not strictly part of a series it does feature some old friends and figures from Blood & Sugar. It is an exquisitely plotted and penned murder mystery set against the rich and deceptively prim and proper facade that soon gives way to the seedy backdrop of Georgian England. It's 1782 in Georgian London and Caroline ”Caro” Corsham, esteemed wife of Captain Henry ”Harry” Corsham, a former war hero who is now a Daughters of Night is Shepherd-Robinson’s sophomore work of historical crime, and although not strictly part of a series it does feature some old friends and figures from Blood & Sugar. It is an exquisitely plotted and penned murder mystery set against the rich and deceptively prim and proper facade that soon gives way to the seedy backdrop of Georgian England. It's 1782 in Georgian London and Caroline ”Caro” Corsham, esteemed wife of Captain Henry ”Harry” Corsham, a former war hero who is now a renowned parliamentarian, is the lone parent caring for their infant son, Gabriel. This is due to Harry being presently abroad in France serving on Mr Hartley’s diplomatic mission to Versailles. Caro tries to keep herself out of the path of trouble but unfortunately, it seems to enjoy her company resulting in the unexpected kerfuffle and predicament she is about to find herself in. She attends the opening night of Jacobus Agnetti’s exhibition of classical scenes at the Rotunda, and half of London society had turned out. Distractedly, Caro greets people she knew: allies of her husband in the House of Commons; clients of the Craven bank; rival beauties, solicitous matrons, admiring gentlemen. The location is The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, one of the leading venues for public entertainment in London from the mid-17th century, and where she hears the whispered last words of friend Italian Lady Lucia having stumbled upon her brutalised body in the bowers of the building. Why would she utter the words ”he knows” right before she expires unless it somehow pointed to the guilty party? Initially, the case is taken on by Bow Street constables under the mistaken belief, alongside Caro’s, that the victim was a noblewoman like herself. But when, much to the surprise of all involved, it is discovered that she was in fact a high-class prostitute known by the pseudonym Lucy Loveless, the police become completely disinterested and drop the case faster than you can say ”discrimination”. Caro, however, refuses to let this stand and decides to try to right this huge injustice by beginning her own investigation, however, she doesn't bargain for the targeted harassment and outrage she receives from both the men who hired Lucy’s services in the past and the wider public. Despite these instances making her job tougher and with some in society hurling insults and threats as a method to get her to drop the inquiry, can Caro stick to her guns and claim justice for the slaying of her friend? This is a riveting, richly-imagined and captivating historical epic with a complex, exquisitely conceived and accurately-researched plot set against the sights, sounds and smells of centuries-old inner-city London. It's a cerebral and scintillating read that is not only an enthralling murder mystery but that is also deftly woven through with some of the most prominent social, economic and political issues of the time, including the class system distinctions, poverty, a vast criminal underworld, prostitution, prejudice and corruption, with the sex trade being big business where women are treated as less than human. An immersive, intelligent and deeply atmospheric read full of suspense and tension in which the cast, time and place come vibrantly alive before your eyes. Historical crime doesn't come any finer than this. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I heard good things about Laura Shepherd Robinson first novel Blood and Sugar that I had to request Daughters of the Night on NetGalley It is a continuation, but you can read it as a standalone as, I have not read the previous one. London 1782 Caroline Corsham find the body of a high society prostitute Lucy Loveless in Victoria Pleasure gardens. She was going to meet her for other issues. The Police are not interested in her death. She is a prostitute after all. So, Caroline (Caro) to her friends I heard good things about Laura Shepherd Robinson first novel Blood and Sugar that I had to request Daughters of the Night on NetGalley It is a continuation, but you can read it as a standalone as, I have not read the previous one. London 1782 Caroline Corsham find the body of a high society prostitute Lucy Loveless in Victoria Pleasure gardens. She was going to meet her for other issues. The Police are not interested in her death. She is a prostitute after all. So, Caroline (Caro) to her friends takes it on herself to find the killer and the disappearance of 15-year-old prostitute Pamela. She hires Peregrine Child once a magistrate now a thief taker to help her with her quest. Set in Georgian times Daughters of the Night is deep in historical detail which Prostitutes, pickpockets, Lords, and ladies. The story is set in several points of view. Caro’s. Childs and Pamela and the events that happened leading up to her disappearance. I really like crime thriller novels set in London during these times and this is no exception. Deep in history, this is a well thought out and gripping novel, with great characters and shocking events that went on in these times. There was a lot of twists and turns and never a dull moment in this story four stars from me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    K.S. Marsden

    When her friend is murdered and the official investigators seem keen to brush it away; Caro employs a thief-taker to help her uncover a world of prostitution and danger. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has some of the same characters and settings as the author's previous book: Blood & Sugar. It is a stand-alone, and I didn't feel at a disadvantage for not having read the other book. Caroline "Caro" Corsham was meeting her friend, an italian noble Lady Lu When her friend is murdered and the official investigators seem keen to brush it away; Caro employs a thief-taker to help her uncover a world of prostitution and danger. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has some of the same characters and settings as the author's previous book: Blood & Sugar. It is a stand-alone, and I didn't feel at a disadvantage for not having read the other book. Caroline "Caro" Corsham was meeting her friend, an italian noble Lady Lucia. Her friend is killed before her eyes, but despite the crowd no one saw the murderer. When the official investigation refuses to look into the matter, Caro employs Peregrine Child, a thief-taker that once aided her husband. They soon uncover that Lucia was not a noblewoman, but a famed London prostitute, Lucy Loveless. Despite this, Caro still swears to get to the bottom of her friend's murder. Child is most content at the bottom a gin bottle, to try and forget his past. Unfortunately, he's racked up quite a debt and, when Caro offers him employment, he is keen to take it. Despite some crooked implications in his past, he is a man of honour and integrity, and quickly respects Caro. They work together and make a great team, undaunted by the growing threats around them. The cast of characters grows, looking into the lives of various women, who in their very different classes are all judged and condemned swiftly, by both the men that rule society, and other women who perpetuate social rules and expectations. I really enjoyed this book. It strikes up a fine balance between historically-accurate, informative and entertaining. Following Caro and the prostitutes, the story felt very realistic and compelling. Despite the sordid nature of whores, there was no glorifying their sexual conquests, and I never felt that any part of their lives were used for pure sensationalism. The whores in this story have chosen to make the most of this career, while they are young and beautiful. I really liked Caro as our main character. She has a strong sense of right and wrong, and doesn't care about upsetting the status quo of her social circle. She is restricted by her gender - at first being her father's daughter; then her husband's wife. As a sign of the times, when her husband Captain Corsham is away for an extended period of time, Caro and her on are given to the care of her pompous older brother. Despite being a very intelligent woman, her life and her finances are in complete control of men. Caro doesn't rail or whine against the unfairness of it all; she doesn't complain about the situation she's got herself into, as she knows that will not help her. She simply proceeds in a logical manner, until she gets her own way. The murder mystery was very well done. It kept you guessing throughout who could be trusted, and who was the real culprit. I have to admit that I never saw the truth coming, and I was completely hooked for the second half of the book, I couldn't wait to find out what had happened and why. It goes down some very dark and dangerous paths, with several shocks along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more of the author's work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    A N N A

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for a review. This is the sequel to Blood And Sugar, which I read when it was released in paperback earlier this year. This book far surpasses the first in everything; writing style, plot, characters and world building. I’d never read a truer grittier Georgian london. And what I loved most about this was that it felt very feminist. Caro, the wife of our previous MC, is well to do and fighting this deeply miso Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for a review. This is the sequel to Blood And Sugar, which I read when it was released in paperback earlier this year. This book far surpasses the first in everything; writing style, plot, characters and world building. I’d never read a truer grittier Georgian london. And what I loved most about this was that it felt very feminist. Caro, the wife of our previous MC, is well to do and fighting this deeply misogynistic and patriarchal society to find the killer of a woman she thought of as a friend - it doesn’t matter to her that she was a prostitute. She was a person who deserves justice. Whenever someone mentions “she’s just a dead whore” Caro will immediately corrects them and says “she’s a dead woman and I want answers.” I didn’t see the plot twist or connect the dots any quicker than the characters and that to me makes for an incredibly engaging and well written book. Trigger warnings for rape, assault, domestic violence, suicide, abortions, miscarriages, and sex with minors.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    In my review of Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s first book, Blood & Sugar, I recall mentioning how good it would have been for Caroline, wife of the novel’s protagonist Harry Corsham, to have had a bigger role. And do you know what, in Daughters of Night I got my wish! Teaming up with thief-taker, Peregrine Child, Caroline – known as ‘Caro’ – sets out to investigate the death of the woman she believed to be an Italian Countess but whose real identity was somewhat different.  They make a great partnersh In my review of Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s first book, Blood & Sugar, I recall mentioning how good it would have been for Caroline, wife of the novel’s protagonist Harry Corsham, to have had a bigger role. And do you know what, in Daughters of Night I got my wish! Teaming up with thief-taker, Peregrine Child, Caroline – known as ‘Caro’ – sets out to investigate the death of the woman she believed to be an Italian Countess but whose real identity was somewhat different.  They make a great partnership with Peregrine especially admiring of Caro’s questioning skills, likening it to ‘having Torquemada on your team’. What their enquiries reveal is that firstly, no-one in authority particularly cares about solving the murder and secondly, there are those who definitely do not want any light shone on their activities.  Despite the risks to their reputations (such as remain), to their lives and those of their loved ones, Peregrine and Caro press on with their investigation, uncovering some very sordid secrets in the process. Despite pressure from her family, Caro remains defiant to the end, managing to bring about her revenge on the culprits in her own way. Daughters of Night positively oozes period atmosphere, transporting the reader from the bowers and pathways of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the taverns, coffee-houses and “fleshpots” of Covent Garden.  It was fascinating to discover the existence of things such as ‘Puss and Mew’ shops (illegal gin shops) and mixed doubles boxing matches.  Equally fascinating, but rather more distasteful, was learning about the varieties of brothels that existed in Georgian London including ‘posture houses’ where girls posed naked and ‘tableaux houses’ where young girls acted out classical scenes before audiences of men, often in order to solicit bids for their virginity.   The book reveals there existed a hierarchy of prostitutes with those at the top of their ‘profession’ becoming celebrities of their day. Daughters of Night is another hugely impressive historical crime novel from the pen of Laura Shepherd-Robinson. Its intricate plot, with its twists and turns, kept me glued to the book until the final page. And was it my imagination or were Caro’s closing thoughts a nod to those of another famous literary heroine, Scarlett O’Hara? “There will be a plan, she told herself. I just haven’t thought of it yet. Let tomorrow bring what it will bring.” I’m sure I’m not the only reader keen to find out what tomorrow does bring for Caro.  Although Laura has revealed her next novel will be a standalone historical mystery, she also hasn’t ruled out a return for Harry and Caro at some point.  Fingers crossed from this reader.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Another totally brilliant historical novel from the pen of Laura Shepherd Robinson, rich in detail, beautifully crafted and hugely addictive. The feel of it is intensely involving to the point you find the chapters flying past you. Taking up a story this time following Caro Corsham who we met in Blood and Sugar, Daughters of Night is intelligent and multi layered, offering huge insight into the time especially in relation to class divide and the position of women. A feminist perspective from a t Another totally brilliant historical novel from the pen of Laura Shepherd Robinson, rich in detail, beautifully crafted and hugely addictive. The feel of it is intensely involving to the point you find the chapters flying past you. Taking up a story this time following Caro Corsham who we met in Blood and Sugar, Daughters of Night is intelligent and multi layered, offering huge insight into the time especially in relation to class divide and the position of women. A feminist perspective from a time when such things were frowned upon.. Add to that a murderer mystery that doesn't easily reveal itself, a cast of characters that stick with you long after reading it and a beautiful tone to the prose that is unique in itself and you have a sure fire winner. Quite definitely highly recommended. A delay to publication means you'll have to wait a while but trust me, get those pre orders in. I have, I'll be ready to read it again by then.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    Discover the locations in the novel Daughters of Night LOVED this book so much. It's one of the best historical fiction novels I have read in a long time. The scene setting and immersive visit is really quite something and I am amazed this author doesn't have a time machine - it feels that authentic. Well, maybe she has! This is the wonderful and equally evocative sequel to Blood and Sugar. We go back to London a year after the events of that book and straight into the brothels and gin-shops of Co Discover the locations in the novel Daughters of Night LOVED this book so much. It's one of the best historical fiction novels I have read in a long time. The scene setting and immersive visit is really quite something and I am amazed this author doesn't have a time machine - it feels that authentic. Well, maybe she has! This is the wonderful and equally evocative sequel to Blood and Sugar. We go back to London a year after the events of that book and straight into the brothels and gin-shops of Covent Garden. This is again a London of two sides with the elegant houses of Mayfair not far away. The real location here is Vauxhall Gardens which is at the centre of the story. I found this fascinating as you find out lots about its history. From 1785 to 1859, this site was one of the leading venues for public entertainment in London. It was a popular spot for walks and the Vauxhall Bridge, built in 1810s really opened it up to even more people. Crowds would come and there were shows, hot air balloons and the garden really was on the map! You get to travel back in time to see this in the novel. That is the amazingly detailed and atmospheric setting of the story. A woman is found murdered here, but when the police find out she was a high class prostitute, they don’t seem to care. Don’t forget to visit the area of Bow Street – Bow Street where the Magistrates and runners in the novel (and in real life) are based. It’s a human and heartfelt story in a world of amazement and vice. Totally captivating and wonderful to experience. I read a LOT of historical fiction and this author is right up there on my ‘ones to watch’ list. I swear Laura has a time machine as she sees things so clearly and so vividly, you are there with her every step of the way. Beautifully crafted and a top class reading experience with wonderfully complex characters and enough history and atmosphere to make you forget where you are – until you close the book. Stunning.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marthabethan

    This book was so GOOD! I didn’t know what to expect when I started it but I enjoyed it so much. It is set in the Georgian period in England, during the 1780s. After Lucy Loveless is murdered, a notorious woman of the night, Caroline Corsham, a lady of rank, is dragged into the dark world of murder, intrigue, prostitution and villainy. She is determined to find out who killed Lucy and begins investigating with the help of Peregrine Child, a thief taker. This book was such a fun and addictive read This book was so GOOD! I didn’t know what to expect when I started it but I enjoyed it so much. It is set in the Georgian period in England, during the 1780s. After Lucy Loveless is murdered, a notorious woman of the night, Caroline Corsham, a lady of rank, is dragged into the dark world of murder, intrigue, prostitution and villainy. She is determined to find out who killed Lucy and begins investigating with the help of Peregrine Child, a thief taker. This book was such a fun and addictive read, full of drama. I really enjoyed it. The characters were great and I was kept guessing at every turn. I was so invested in the world and the lives of the characters and wanted so badly for everything to work out well for Caroline. The women in this book were so strong and inspiring, despite the strict gender rules of their era. It was such a good book and I definitely want to read more by this author. Thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    This is the second book by Laura Shepherd - Robinson. The first is called Blood & Sugar which I loved, so jumped at the chance to read this one. In this book we follow Caroline Corsham - the wife of Harry Corsham (Blood & Sugar) as she discovers the body of a friend Lucia, who has been stabbed multiple times. The authorities don't seem to be interested in investigating the murder, so Caro hires Peregrin Child - Thief Taker (also Blood & Sugar) to bring the murderer to justice. As they start to inve This is the second book by Laura Shepherd - Robinson. The first is called Blood & Sugar which I loved, so jumped at the chance to read this one. In this book we follow Caroline Corsham - the wife of Harry Corsham (Blood & Sugar) as she discovers the body of a friend Lucia, who has been stabbed multiple times. The authorities don't seem to be interested in investigating the murder, so Caro hires Peregrin Child - Thief Taker (also Blood & Sugar) to bring the murderer to justice. As they start to investigate, Caro finds that Lucia was not who she said she was and uncovers more lies and secrets. As as they dig deeper, Caro and Child receive threats.... abandon the investigation or suffer the dire consequences. Set in hedonistic Georgian London, this book is evocative of the time period. with intricate plots and complex characters this is a real page turner that will have you glued to your seat. Thank you Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for the ARC.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Cornelius

    Daughters of the Night by Laura Shepherd Robinson Having read and loved Blood and Sugar by this author I was really looking forward to reading this novel. The main character in this book appeared in a minor role in the previous book but both novels stand independently. At the beginning of this novel Captain Harry Corsham (hero of Blood and Sugar) is abroad and his wife, Caro, eagerly awaits his return. Caro attends an entertainment at the popular Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and it is here that she Daughters of the Night by Laura Shepherd Robinson Having read and loved Blood and Sugar by this author I was really looking forward to reading this novel. The main character in this book appeared in a minor role in the previous book but both novels stand independently. At the beginning of this novel Captain Harry Corsham (hero of Blood and Sugar) is abroad and his wife, Caro, eagerly awaits his return. Caro attends an entertainment at the popular Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and it is here that she encounters Lucia; who had been introduced to her as an Italian Countess by Caro’s banker brother Ambrose. She asks Lucia for help with a sensitive problem and they agree to meet in the bower. When Caro arrives however she finds her friend dying from stab wounds and she gasps, “He knows...” before she dies. It soon becomes clear that far from being a Countess, Lucia is actually a prostitute. Caro is determined to bring her killer to justice and so enlists the help of Peregrine Child, a thief taker. (Another character from Blood and Sugar.) This book investigates the horrors to which Georgian women were subjected and the figures which she gives for those involved in the sex trade in London during the period are truly shocking. She states that the sex trade was such an important part of the Georgian economy that one in five female Londoners were involved at some point during their lives. She also sheds light on the plight of the well to do women of the period who transgressed by indulging in adulterous relationships. Many were separated forever from their children, ostracized and forced to live alone in the countryside or abroad. This is an enthralling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night. It really brings Georgian London to life, in all its moral and monetary deprivation. At heart the book is a mystery with numerous twists and turns; you will think that you have solved the murder only for new information to confound your theories. Many thanks to the author, the publishers and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather Love

    London, 1782, Caro Corsham finds a woman mortally wounded in the boers of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. ‘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 socially 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’.’ I thoroughly enjoy this genre, in London, 1782, Caro Corsham finds a woman mortally wounded in the boers of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. ‘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 socially 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’.’ I thoroughly enjoy this genre, in particular historical fiction set in Georgian England. Daughters of Night most definitely did not disappoint. Shepherd-Robinson captivated me from the very first chapter to the end. Two people were drawn together and they became friends. One was murdered, and as she was a high society lady of the night, the police stopped searching for her killer, so it was up to Caro to seek justice for her murder. She is determined to get answers, which puts her own life at risk, especially when there is maybe more to the murder than meets the eye. She also has some secrets of her own. Murder, resentment, infidelity, prostitution, sex trafficking and crime bring together a harrowing and quite brutal murder mystery, which touches topics such as the politics, social history and morality of this era. Shepherd-Robinson’s deep research brings this grisly and gruesome tale to life as well as creating a lively mix of interesting characters. She weaves these characters into a fabulous rich tapestry of intrigue and suspense, which does not let you down. Caro involves a thief taker, Peregrine Child, imploring him to delve into the seedy side of London to help her, who, himself has skeletons and secrets to hide, which he can’t shy away from in the end. Meanwhile a young girl is in danger, Pamela, and when Caro’s friend is murdered, her investigation leads to connections to both. Shepherd-Robinson spins an intricate tale which kept me enthralled. Would highly recommend this. It’s a great read. 5 most definite 🌟 from me. I now need to read Blood and Sugar, her previous novel. Shepherd-Robinson is an accomplished istorical fiction author. Thank you to the author, Netgalley and PanMacmillan for this fabulous ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Gilmore

    Last year I read Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s brilliant debut Blood & Sugar and concluded my review by saying that I looked forward to seeing what she did next. Well, this weekend I had my answer as I was absolutely absorbed in her follow up Daughters of Night, an absorbing sequel which also works perfectly as a standalone. In Blood & Sugar we know that our hero, Harry, is unhappily married to a society beauty, Caro. Daughters of Night is Caro’s novel in every way, Harry away in France where he has Last year I read Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s brilliant debut Blood & Sugar and concluded my review by saying that I looked forward to seeing what she did next. Well, this weekend I had my answer as I was absolutely absorbed in her follow up Daughters of Night, an absorbing sequel which also works perfectly as a standalone. In Blood & Sugar we know that our hero, Harry, is unhappily married to a society beauty, Caro. Daughters of Night is Caro’s novel in every way, Harry away in France where he has been for some time. His continuing absence is a a problem for Caro; she is pregnant, and the longer he stays away, the less likely she is to be able to pass her baby off for his. Her future is bleak – likely disgrace, banishment and separation from her beloved son. Her lover will not help her, he has recently got engaged in order to reconcile with his father and pay off his debts. She is alone. So when an old acquaintance seems to offer a solution Caro eagerly agrees to meet her at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. But when she gets there the woman is dying, brutally stabbed, dying in Caro’s arms. To Caro’s shock the woman is identified not as an Italian countess but a prostitute, and as a result her death of little consequence. But when Caro starts her own enquiries, she is soon warned off. Why are people desperate for Lucy’s death to be forgotten and how far up does the corruption go? Caro’s investigations take her deep into the murky underbelly of Georgian society, a world where women are bought and sold, their value decreasing with every year, the line between respectability and disgrace wafer thin. Like Blood & Sugar, Daughters of Night is more than the sum of its parts, an engrossing, fast paced and twisty thriller which brings Georgian London and its inhabitants vividly to life, but also an examination of sexism, exploitation and double standards, the commodification of women’s bodies and the consequences for women who step out of line, still at play today. Caro is an imperfect heroine, vividly real, honest in a world of masquerades and costumes. A fantastic read, I hope we return to Caro and Harry soon.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Cramond

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book as I did Laura's first book Blood & Sugar. They are well researched and the descriptions of the time and people are very vivid. I especially liked the fact that Laura had given Caro a book of her own as in Blood & Sugar I felt she would be an interesting character to hear more about. Her husband Harry was the main protagonist in the first book where he was investigating the brutal death of a slave on a ship in Deptford in 1781, and his thoughts about his struggling m Thoroughly enjoyed this book as I did Laura's first book Blood & Sugar. They are well researched and the descriptions of the time and people are very vivid. I especially liked the fact that Laura had given Caro a book of her own as in Blood & Sugar I felt she would be an interesting character to hear more about. Her husband Harry was the main protagonist in the first book where he was investigating the brutal death of a slave on a ship in Deptford in 1781, and his thoughts about his struggling marriage made me want to know more about that side of Harry's life. While Daughters of Night has some of the same characters we were introduced to in Blood & Sugar, it is very much a totally separate story. It gives nothing away about what had previously happened in the first book and both can be read easily on their own. While Harry is away, Caro gets caught up in the mystery of a murdered prostitute she had befriended thinking she was a lady like herself. Determined to find out what had happened to her when the truth is revealed, she hires the help of a 'thief-taker' and together they delve into the seedy side of London of the late 18th century. This is a clever mystery that takes the reader into the lives of the prostitutes of the time and their own hierarchy. From the seedy pubs and back alleys to the exclusive men's clubs, the life of the 'loose women' of the time is portrayed. But the ladies of the time and their supposed virtue and behaviour is also highlighted by Caro's own personal trouble of being pregnant by her lover and her husband away for too long for her to be able to cover it up as his. The best historical fiction books use real historical characters to give the story more depth and it is obvious that Laura has done a huge amount of research into this particular time of London's history. Being 550 pages long, it is also a good chunky read to immerse yourself in. Highly recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah W 🍂🍁🌧🌬

    Firstly thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was my first foray into the work of Laura Shepherd-Robinson however her first novel is sitting on my TBR pile and was highly rated, so I went into this with high expectations which were mostly met. Firstly the things I enjoyed about the novel. It is rich in historical detail of Georgian England, specifically London and I liked that the writer included a section at the end to go more in-depth regardin Firstly thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was my first foray into the work of Laura Shepherd-Robinson however her first novel is sitting on my TBR pile and was highly rated, so I went into this with high expectations which were mostly met. Firstly the things I enjoyed about the novel. It is rich in historical detail of Georgian England, specifically London and I liked that the writer included a section at the end to go more in-depth regarding the historical details. Another thing I really liked was the protagonist Caro who was portrayed as a strong female who was flawed yet relatable, This was also true of the secondary character Childs, who was again a flawed man trying to make his way in a flawed world. Lastly there were a lot of sub-plots, which came together well at the end. I was never sure who the real villains were in this book and it kept me guessing almost right until the end with lots of twists and turns. The book to me though had one major flaw, and that was its length. I think the story could have been wrapped up in at least 100 fewer pages and as a result I did find it quite hard to read at times. I look forward to now reading blood and sugar.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt Merritt

    Shepherd-Robinson's 'Blood & Sugar' drew me in from page 1 and I barely put it down. The follow up 'Daughters of Night' is a little more of a slow burner, taking time to build up to a crescendo. Caro Corsham, a somewhat peripheral figure in the first book steps into the protagonists shoes and is a wonderful guide to Georgian London and the scandals within. Shepherd-Robinson fully fleshes out her characters and shows that even at a time when they had few personal freedoms women were capable of sha Shepherd-Robinson's 'Blood & Sugar' drew me in from page 1 and I barely put it down. The follow up 'Daughters of Night' is a little more of a slow burner, taking time to build up to a crescendo. Caro Corsham, a somewhat peripheral figure in the first book steps into the protagonists shoes and is a wonderful guide to Georgian London and the scandals within. Shepherd-Robinson fully fleshes out her characters and shows that even at a time when they had few personal freedoms women were capable of shaping their own lives outside of society expectations. The key plot point here, a murder that is the first loose stitch in a swiftly unravelling tapestry of lies and intrigue, seems enough of a story in itself and multpiple times I was convinced I had worked out where the story would end only to be proved wrong at the next turn. Whether Caro or Harry Corsham are centre stage, or indeed if the thief taker Peregrine Child becomes our eyes, I do hope we return to this world before too long!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I have been absolutely transfixed by this wonderful story for the past three days. It was the perfect Christmas read for me. Caro Corsham appeared briefly in Shepherd-Robinson's first novel and I'm delighted that she decided to give Caro her own story. She's an absolutely fabulous creation; determined and appearing quite fearless, a woman way before her time who takes risks in the name of justice. When Caro discovers the body of her friend Lucia in a bower in the Vauxhall Gardens, she is devastat I have been absolutely transfixed by this wonderful story for the past three days. It was the perfect Christmas read for me. Caro Corsham appeared briefly in Shepherd-Robinson's first novel and I'm delighted that she decided to give Caro her own story. She's an absolutely fabulous creation; determined and appearing quite fearless, a woman way before her time who takes risks in the name of justice. When Caro discovers the body of her friend Lucia in a bower in the Vauxhall Gardens, she is devastated. Whilst she didn't know Lucia well, she liked her very much. However, it soon becomes clear that Lucia was not, in fact, a wealthy gentlewoman. She was actually Lucy Loveless; a five-guinea prostitute. Well known in the area, and it seems, the holder of many secrets. The police are not interested in the death of a working girl, but Caro is. She engages the services of Peregrine Child; a local thief-taker and former magistrate and unwittingly places herself, and Child into extreme danger. Caro has her own secrets. Secrets that could mean that she is banished from society, her child taken from her, and her money cut off. She's battling to save her own face whilst also determined to seek justice for Lucy. This really is historical fiction at its very best. The author paints such a vivid and evocative setting for some really dastardly and quite horrific crimes. The attention to detail is just incredible and it is far more than just a reading experience, this is like a history lesson from a teacher who loves her subject. We don't just learn about the squalor and poverty; the addiction and deviance. We learn about the total lack of any rights of people who are not men, and who are not rich. We constantly worry about society today; about the violence, the lack of morals and the corruption by those in power. In Daughters of Night, Shepherd- Robinson clearly and intricately details the absolute horror that life was for the residents of London in the late 1700s, there are situations in this story that are still as relevant today; well over two hundred years later. Not only is this a story rich in historical detail, with immaculately created characters, it is also a complex and incredibly well woven crime mystery. There are a lot of characters here, there is a lot to take in, but it's written so well and with such vibrancy that the story just flows through the pages. Revealing dangerous men who do evil things, the utter contempt for anyone who may cross them, especially if they are female. The total feeling of how the rich and powerful have no regard for anyone but themselves. The desperation of trying to cover their tracks, the destruction of anyone who may get in their way ... all of it is here, in mighty and colourful prose that will thrill the reader. Daughters of Night is an epic, harrowing and astonishing historical crime thriller. I loved the author's first novel, but I adored this one and despite it having almost 600 pages, I really didn't want it to end. This impressive story will have you on the edge of your seat. What an incredibly talented author she is. I really want more now.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    London, 1782. Caro Corsham finds a woman mortally wounded in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, but when the police discover the woman is a lady of the night they abandon the search for her killer leaving Caro to seek justice. Georgian London, harlots, high society, a compelling mystery and a superb leading lady – what more could you want from a book?! We first meet Caro Corsham in Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s previous book, Blood & Sugar, and although Caro doesn’t get a lot of page time, I felt myself London, 1782. Caro Corsham finds a woman mortally wounded in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, but when the police discover the woman is a lady of the night they abandon the search for her killer leaving Caro to seek justice. Georgian London, harlots, high society, a compelling mystery and a superb leading lady – what more could you want from a book?! We first meet Caro Corsham in Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s previous book, Blood & Sugar, and although Caro doesn’t get a lot of page time, I felt myself drawn to her and wanting to know more about her. Therefore I was delighted when I heard that Daughters of Night, the follow-up, would focus completely on her. This is a book I’ve been eagerly anticipating for a long time. Caro enlists the help of thief taker, Peregrine Child and together they make an unlikely, yet formidable crime busting duo. Both of them are dealing with their own difficulties as well as trying to unravel the web of crime surrounding the Pleasure Gardens murder. I had a great affection for both Caro and Child, their characters are so well-developed they felt like real people to me. And when they individually find themselves in sticky situations, as any self respecting crime fighter inevitabley does, I was clinging to the pages, desperate for them to untangle themselves. I enjoyed every single second of this book, it’s just dripping in historical detail and intrigue. I adore anything that features historical harlots and I loved hearing their story whilst watching the mystery unfold. You don’t have to read Blood & Sugar to enjoy this one, but I do recommend both books, because they are both superb. Now I just have to patiently wait for my next Laura Shepherd-Robinson fix!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    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 h 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. This is the first book I’ve read by the author & it certainly won’t be the last. A very well written page turning read. Strong characters & a fast paced story kept me glued to my kindle. There were plenty of red herrings & twists & turns. Not everything is as it seems & I was kept guessing. If you like historical mysteries then I’d recommend giving this a try My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | Stuck In The Book

    I would have never considered myself a lover of historical crime fiction but here I am, having read two of Laura Shepherd Robinson's books now and I think it's slowly becoming one of my favourite genres. And that is well and truly a result of LSR's descriptive narratives and how she slowly builds tension, drama and suspense throughout her books. 'Daughters of Night' isn't really a sequel as such to her first book 'Blood and Sugar' but it does include similar characters, the main one being Caroli I would have never considered myself a lover of historical crime fiction but here I am, having read two of Laura Shepherd Robinson's books now and I think it's slowly becoming one of my favourite genres. And that is well and truly a result of LSR's descriptive narratives and how she slowly builds tension, drama and suspense throughout her books. 'Daughters of Night' isn't really a sequel as such to her first book 'Blood and Sugar' but it does include similar characters, the main one being Caroline Corsham. After witnessing the brutal murder of a local/well-known sex worker whilst in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, she sets herself on a mission to hunt down the murderer and get justice. Yet along the way, she finds herself getting mixed up in all sorts of deception and deciet and finds herself in very treacherous water... This books is THICC but one that I wouldn't have had it any other way. Each chapter gives just enough for you to keep you wanting more. I think my guess on 'who done it' changed about 15 times haha. I am really enjoying this genre and I think if you already love historical fiction, I think you should try historical crime fiction. I definitely don't think you'll be disappointed with 'Daughters of Night' anyway!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Absolutely fantastic! Blood & Sugar looked at slavery while Daughters of Night portrays the place of women - wives, sisters, prostitutes - in the society of Georgian London, with its (male) predilection for classical culture, for collecting women and for controlling them, even owning them. It's wonderfully done and is so immersive. I listened to the audiobook, which is brilliantly read by Lucy Scott (well known for her depiction of Charlotte Lucas in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice). A Absolutely fantastic! Blood & Sugar looked at slavery while Daughters of Night portrays the place of women - wives, sisters, prostitutes - in the society of Georgian London, with its (male) predilection for classical culture, for collecting women and for controlling them, even owning them. It's wonderfully done and is so immersive. I listened to the audiobook, which is brilliantly read by Lucy Scott (well known for her depiction of Charlotte Lucas in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice). A review will follow shortly on For Winter Nights.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Mills

    This was an evocatively atmospheric mystery set in Georgian England and revolving around a murdered prostitute. The language is beautiful and the setting is richly detailed. The plot was well-paced and managed to completely surprise me more than once. I hope the series continues soon.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Evie

    I loved Blood and Sugar from start to finish, so I was very excited to get my hands on Daughters of Night. We are introduced to a different kind of sleuth this time though. Instead of Captain Harry Cosham, we follow his wife, Caro, as she witnesses the horrific death of a lady of the night. Caro defies most historical stereotypes (both realistically, and thrillingly!) and it is a joy to follow her and Peregrine Child as they seek to uncover the truth. This book is full of excellent twists and tu I loved Blood and Sugar from start to finish, so I was very excited to get my hands on Daughters of Night. We are introduced to a different kind of sleuth this time though. Instead of Captain Harry Cosham, we follow his wife, Caro, as she witnesses the horrific death of a lady of the night. Caro defies most historical stereotypes (both realistically, and thrillingly!) and it is a joy to follow her and Peregrine Child as they seek to uncover the truth. This book is full of excellent twists and turns. The descriptions are incredibly rich too, and i found myself completely immersed in the world portrayed. I absolutely adored the interweaving of the Greek tragedy, the Oresteia, and how the world of Classics is referenced throughout. This book is somehow better than the first, and I loved the first. It shows a very different side to 18th century London, which definitely warrants further exploration. I cannot wait for the next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (Booktiamo)

    Another great book from Laura, it follows Caro Corsham, who is Captain Harry Corsham's wife from her first book Sugar & Blood. This book is full of wonderful writing, and atmosphere. The descriptions and details about the 18th century are so in-depth, I just got completely lost in this world of the beau monde and the lives they live with the high end prostitutes they surround themselves with. This story had so many twists that I did not see coming right until the very last page and it was a deli Another great book from Laura, it follows Caro Corsham, who is Captain Harry Corsham's wife from her first book Sugar & Blood. This book is full of wonderful writing, and atmosphere. The descriptions and details about the 18th century are so in-depth, I just got completely lost in this world of the beau monde and the lives they live with the high end prostitutes they surround themselves with. This story had so many twists that I did not see coming right until the very last page and it was a delight to read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Oh my goooooodness! Forgive me if my thoughts are a bit scattered – I finished this book at 1 am last night after devouring it in one sitting. It. was. Absolutely. Amazing. If you’re looking for a novel that combines Harlots with The Alienist, Daughters of Night is the perfect next read for you. Despite these similarities, it stands on its own as an incredible read. Daughters of Night follows a character familiar from Shepherd-Robinson’s debut, Blood and Sugar. I can say from experience that it is Oh my goooooodness! Forgive me if my thoughts are a bit scattered – I finished this book at 1 am last night after devouring it in one sitting. It. was. Absolutely. Amazing. If you’re looking for a novel that combines Harlots with The Alienist, Daughters of Night is the perfect next read for you. Despite these similarities, it stands on its own as an incredible read. Daughters of Night follows a character familiar from Shepherd-Robinson’s debut, Blood and Sugar. I can say from experience that it is absolutely not detrimental to your read if you have not read the prequel. Caro is a fascinating character – her life is dictated by the men around her, but she does not let this stop her from searching for her friend’s murderer. I really admired her spirit! Caro is not the only great character in this novel – I adored reading about the lives of Peregrine Child the Thief-Taker, Kitty Carefree the 10 Guinea prostitute and Pamela the maid-servant. The novel’s biggest strength really lies in that each character is fleshed out fully. For example, although Pamela could have been written as an innocent trying to earn a living, Shepherd-Robinson gives her a devious side as well. It is this sort of detail that really brings the novel to life. I’ll admit that to my mind, the 18th century is a little overlooked. Between the fantastical adventure stories of the Medieval period, to Shakespeare’s work in the 16th and 17th centuries, to the widely loved Victorian era, it’s easy to see why. But Shepherd-Robinson absolutely excels at bringing the period to life. No word is wasted and the description exudes Georgian London in its very essence. There are so many tidbits of information (irrelevant to the plot, but essential to building the scene) that allow for a fully immersive read. It is obvious that Shepherd-Robinson put a lot of research into bringing to life 18th century London. Towards the end, I began thinking that it was getting a little predictable. I had already guessed the murderer and wasn’t so shocked when I was proven right. But! I was quickly proven wrong when another twist was provided. Daughters of Night really is an engaging read – I can’t wait to read Blood and Sugar now. Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for an ARC copy of Daughters of Night.

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