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Daughters of Night

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  867 ratings  ·  284 reviews

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.’


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Published February 18th 2021 by Mantle (first published January 28th 2021)
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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 ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Louise Wilson
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
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
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Liz Barnsley
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
K.S. Marsden
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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

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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
Verónica Fleitas Solich
God these books.
As in the previous book, here the story becomes more and more entangled to the point that you end up distrusting everyone, because also everyone keeps secrets.
I really enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know Caro better.
And that ending. I wish I could have the third book in my hands right now.
Victoria Jane
Jul 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London, 1782. A woman is murdered during a high society party in London. At first the authorities are quick to act but when it’s discovered that the woman was a sex worker, the case is dropped. Wanting justice for the dead woman, Caroline Corsham decides to get to the bottom of the crime herself…

I enjoyed this well written, carefully crafted novel that delves into the depths of Georgian society.

It had some interesting themes around feminism and choice and the characters were vivid and well dra
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastically intricate murder mystery, set in London in the 1780's, with a colourful cast of characters. I'm not great when there's loads of names to remember, but the author introduced us to everyone at a steady pace and I never had any problem. The descriptions of the setting were wonderful, even down to the horrendous smells! There are stories within stories, all twisted together, which our MC, Caro and her helper, Mr Child work their hardest to unravel. Wonderful story-telling whi ...more
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this murder mystery sequel to Blood and Sugar set in Georgian England. The historical detail really took you back to that time portraying a gritty side of London of prostitution, class differences, poverty and criminal activity. Particularly liked the thief taker Perry Child hired by Caro Corsham to help solve the initial murder. The only negative I have is that it was quite long and I was going to give this 3 stars but the gripping ending which I never guessed made me give this 4.
”It’s how history remembers the lady, she thought. By our death or our dishonour or our sins.”

When Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham unexpectedly finds herself cradling a dying friend who, unbeknownst to Caro, is actually a prostitute who’s been murdered, she’s desperate to get to the bottom of who murdered the woman and why. She consults renown thief-taker Peregrine Child to find the answers to solve Lucy’s murder. The duo unwittingly find themselves at the heart of a deeper and darker plot than they cou
Heather Love
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica Gilmore
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Leanne Cramond
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dan Bassett
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 - and it’s up to Caro to seek justice.
But hidden in the corners of Georgian society are myriad of deception, secrets, betrayal, killers and people looking out only for themselves.
Finding this killer will be harder, more treacherous and life-threatening than she can know....
This is a
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
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daughters Of The Night

2 and a half stars.

I have been looking at other reviews and hate to be the odd one out...but I honestly found this book quite hard going.

Firstly it is beautifully researched and thats why I have given 3 stars...the amount if research the author puts in is phenomenal and really shines through...the picture it paints of georgian London is thorough and vivid and I definitely applaud that.

However, there was just too much going on....I thought it needed to be streamlined a lot a
Matt Merritt
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Demelda Penkitty
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. Enlist ...more
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Laura Shepherd-Robinson was born in Bristol in 1976. She has a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. Laura worked in politics for nearly twenty years before re-entering normal life to complete an MA in Creative Writing at City University. She lives in London with her husband, Adrian.

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