Daughters of Night
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.’
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
This book was such a fun and addictive read ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
‘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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more