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London, 1785. When the body of a West Indies planter is found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's Cathedral, suspicion falls on one of the victim's former slaves, who was found with his watch on the London streets. But it seems the answer is not that simple. The impact of the planter's death brings tragedy for Francis Glass, a freed slave now working as a bookseller andLondon, 1785. When the body of a West Indies planter is found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's Cathedral, suspicion falls on one of the victim's former slaves, who was found with his watch on the London streets. But it seems the answer is not that simple. The impact of the planter's death brings tragedy for Francis Glass, a freed slave now working as a bookseller and printer in the city, and a painful reminder of the past for William Geddings, Harriet Westerman's senior footman. Harriet is reluctant to be drawn in to the difficult and powerful world of the slave trade, but she and her friend, reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther, begin to understand the dark secrets hidden by the respectable reputation of London's slave owners. Together, they negotiate the interests of the British government, the secrets of the plantation owners, and a network of alliances stretching across the Atlantic. And they must confront the uncomfortable truth that some people are willing to do great evil when they believe their cause to be just....

Title : Theft of Life
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ISBN : 9780755390151
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Theft of Life Reviews

  • Dana Stabenow
    2019-01-31 04:34

    The best in this series to date. Not only does Robertson create a plot that credibly entangles every member of the Harriet and Gabriel ménage, she gives a searing and very human portrait of the issue of slavery in late Georgian England. I hope Francis shows up in future books, and Mr. Christopher, too.

  • LJ
    2019-01-30 05:30

    First Sentence: The body was staked out in the north-east corner of the churchyard.The murder of a former West Indies planter causes suspicion to fall on a runaway slave who is now working as a bookseller in London. It also has an emotional impact on Harriet Westerman’s senior footman, William Geddings. As Harriet and her friend, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, become more involved in the murder, they become more aware of how much of Britain’s wealth is built on the shameful trade of human lives.It is an excellent touch that the book opens from the perspective of a character rarely the focus of historical mysteries. We also know we are in for a story that is difference, and possibly uncomfortable as Robertson gives us a perspective and insight into the English involvement in the slave trade.The quality of an author’s dialogue makes such a difference to a story. Robertson writes excellent dialogue with enough sense of the period to make it realistic. But it also tells us a lot about the characters. …”You were doing better when you were praising my talents, Crowther, rather than taking the chance to insult my husband and my intelligence. I told you, as a friend, what William said about my husband. Please do not use it to try and play on me like a cheap fiddle!” The repartee between Harriet and Crowther is always a delight.As for characters, they are fully-developed and very memorable. Harriet and Crowther come to life and each holds their own. Theirs is a relationship of friendship and respect. Jane Austin would definitely have approved, although she might have been a bit intimidated by Harriet. She is very much in the style of Mrs. Croft from “Persuasion,” which Crowther has slight shades of Colonel Brandon, as played by Alan Rickman, from “Sense and Sensibility.” One knows characters, and a series, truly speak to readers when one imagines who would be cast in their roles. There is also a very good introduction to those who surround Harriet and how they all fit together.Robertson has a wonderful voice and ability to convey emotions. Through them you not only get to know the character, but you feel the pique of Harriet, the sorrow of a young boy, and the apprehension of a free black man. You truly feel what the characters feel. Yet Robertson also paints visual descriptions…”The hedgerows were thick with the stars of Queen Anne’s Lace, and the hawthorn bushes heavy with blossom—and the quiet cut through him.”“Theft of Life” is wonderful in so many aspects; not the least of which is an excellent mystery with well-done twists and a suspenseful climax. It is a remarkable book and one which should be read.THEFT OF LIFE (Hist mys-Harriet Westerman/Gabriel Crother-England-1785/Georgian) – ExRobertson, Imogen – 5th in seriesHeadline – 2014

  • Amy
    2019-01-27 03:35

    I have read all of the Harriet and Crowther series and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one is definitely my favorite. That may partly be because a lot of it is set just around the corner from where I work, but the main reason is because of the subject matter. Theft is Life is lot darker in tone than the others, because of the heavy subject of slavery in Britain. Slavery in America is well documented, particularly with the recent release of Oscar-winning 'Twelve Years a Slave', but British involvement in slavery is much less in the public eye, particularly the aftermath for those freed and taken to British soil. Theft of Life deals with that time period when free slaves are starting to build lives for themselves in the UK, and many successfully owning businesses, or working as servants and earning a living. Despite their 'freedom', their position is still precarious, with many masters threatening to illegally return them to plantations, and most of the white English population treating them with suspicion and contempt, if not downright hatred and abuse.Theft of Life starts with the murder of man who used to own a slave plantation. And his brutal death suggests it could be an act of retribution from an ex slave who witnessed the atrocities he used to perform. However, as always with the Harriet and Crowther series, not everything is as it seems, and the pair must push further than the law are prepared to to solve the mystery of the case.Whether you have read the previous books or not this one is well worth taking the time to read.

  • Christine Woods
    2019-02-02 06:49

    This has been a five star series with very little swearing which is getting very hard to find. I would prefer no cockroaches in my soup but Imogene Robertson gets a pass on this one from me. This five novel series have been very enjoyable reads and I am so hoping for a sixth and seventh. I especially love the historical information in her books even though the British slave trade in this one has been very hard to read about, and even harder to understand the cruel things some men can come up with for meanness and pleasure. It was however very heartwarming to read of those with deep scars who were able to rise above the persecutions they suffered. Mrs. Westerman is not wishing to get involved in this murder case recognizing the potential danger to her family and close friends. Very ruthless people who would do anything to protect the secrets of their past and secure their future. She also learns of a disturbing instance that she feels must be compensated for involving her own family. She and Crowther are very admirable as always but there are several hero's in this one, including the children.

  • Spuddie
    2019-02-12 05:50

    I really hope this isn't going to be the last of this wonderful historical mystery series featuring Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther. Set in Georgian London and bringing to light the barbarous practice of slavery, the book starts off with a dead body, an older white man wearing nothing but a night shift and a metal punishment mask employed by slave owners on their charges; the man is staked out in a church yard. Passing by the church that morning, Harriet Westerman's second footman William, a former slave himself, recognizes the man as a plantation owner from Jamaica, and an especially brutal one at that. One thing leads to another, and Harriet ends up at the church only to 'bump into' Crowther, who has been asked to examine the body. The story is told from the perspective of several other people and of course other deaths ensue, adding plot twists and confusing the trail to the killer. Wonderful characters, both the recurring ones and the characters who are unique to this story.

  • Sandy
    2019-02-08 05:28

    This is #5 of the Westerman/Crowther books, one of the series I keep on a watch list, waiting for the next instalment. They are set in victorian England & feature Harriet Westerman, a wealthy young widow & Gabriel Crowther, a brilliant, reclusive anatomist. Together they look into mysterious deaths & murders as kind of an alternative Holmes & Watson.In this outing, both are spending time in London & end up investigating the death of a former West Indies plantation owner & slave trader. His body is found near St. Paul's Cathedral, bearing the symbolic ties & mask owners used to punish their slaves. Harriet is reluctantly drawn in for 2 reasons. First, the body is identified by William Geddings, her footman. As a former slave, William knows the man from his native Jamaica. Second, authorities invite the esteemed Gabriel Crowther to perform the autopsy & determine the cause of death. And Crowther only works with one assistant. It's an intricate who-dun-it full of twists & red herrings. Not everyone is who they seem & Harriet & Crowther are soon in personal danger as they begin to uncover hidden alliances among the powerful sugar barons. Before it's all over, Harriet will also discover shocking news about her deceased husband that makes her reexamine their marriage & her own beliefs. It touches on slavery & how much the UK depended on that labour for the lucrative sugar trade. Abolitionists were beginning to gain a following but it was a politically dangerous stance & one that could have severe ramifications for the country's economy. The cast is large, ranging from peers to street urchins (whenever I read novels that include the strict class system that existed at the time, I always wonder how I would have fared...badly, I suspect). The author has obviously done her homework as evidenced by the notes at the end. She incorporates some real life people from the time along with new characters & returning ones. In particular, Geddings & Francis Glass, another former slave, are compelling & their stories are both poignant and hopeful. We also catch up with Harriet & her eccentric family members. Sister Rachel (and most of proper society) is scandalized by Harriet's continued involvement in seedy affairs & is sure all she needs is a new husband. No one knows what to make of Harriet & Crowther's partnership but it makes perfect sense to them. She is an intelligent "modern" woman who enjoys the freedom that comes with being a widow. Crowther started out as a complete recluse who spent his days communing with skeletons, preferring the dead to the living. Gradually he has become barely suitable for polite company & his dry, witty and terse comments provide much of the humour. Their dialogue is sharp, smart & understated & despite different backgrounds they seem to complement each there perfectly. Fans of this series have been holding their breath, wondering will they or won't they? There is some movement on that front but I won't spoil it except to say it may not be what you expect.As usual, the author has turned out a well written murder mystery with a clever plot, interesting characters & richly evocative of the time. Add to that the delightful & evolving relationship between the two MC's & you've got an entertaining few hours on your hands. Can't wait for the next one. This can be read as a stand alone but as with most series, is more enjoyable if you know what has come before. Highly recommend for fans of the Deanna Raybourne series.

  • Susan in NC
    2019-01-29 08:57

    Crowther and Westerman wade into the treacherous waters of the growing slavery debate in this excellent mystery, dark even by the standards of this stellar series. Author Robertson has never hesitated to face the difficult issues of her 18th century setting (1780s Britain) and treats the horrors of slavery with all the unflinching honesty and sensitivity I would expect, although I admit I am grateful to her for sparing the reader the worst of what she discovered in her extensive research, as she tells us in the Historical Note at the end.This book opens with the discovery of the staked-out body of a former West Indies planter near St. Paul's Cathedral; suspicion at first falls on former slaves living in London. Gabriel Crowther and Harriet Westerman are deeply conflicted about investigating the death, knowing they will be drawn into the murky world of powerful, well-connected slave owners, traders and planters who will do anything to protect the source of their fortunes and influence; Britain's great wealth has been built largely on slave-based trade but it is a painful truth few want to face. Robertson personalizes the issue deftly through the varied experiences of Harriet's own senior footman William Geddings, freed slave turned bookseller Francis Glass, and successful fencing school owner Tobias Christopher. I always anticipate the next book in this, one of my favorite historical mystery series, and I certainly hope Robertson adds Francis and Tobias to the ever-increasing circle of many-layered, fascinating recurring characters; since Harriet asked William to be her new steward I know we will meet him again - and he and his love, Dido the maid, will probably be married by then. Whether Harriet will come to her senses and marry Gabriel Crowther I have no idea, but hopefully sister Rachel's annoying matchmaking will finally take it's toll and Harriet will finally wise up!

  • Rusty
    2019-02-15 04:39

    A pair of wonderful characters, Harriet Westerman, a wealthy young widow, and Gabriel Crowther, brilliant forensic scientist, team once again to solve a murder in 18th century Britain. It's a time when former slaves are beginning to build their own lives.When a former English owner of a Jamaican sugar plantation is found murdered in a churchyard the manner in which his body is found lead authorities to believe that his murderer might have been an ex-slave. His head is enclosed in a metal mask and he was whipped, punishments commonly used by slave owners to punish slaves. However, upon investigation Westerman and Crowther learn that the man has changed his life hoping to atone for the miseries he inflicted on the men and women he once owned. So, is the murderer really a former slave or someone who feels threatened by the man's changed lifestyle. He had become a most vocal advocate of freeing slaves. During this period between the American and French Revolutions Britain is struggling with the very issue of slavery. Much has been written about slavery in our country but slavery in Britain has not been as well documented nor publicized.The historical aspect of the slave trade in Britain and the treatment of the slaves adds such depth to this novel that I found it one of the best in this series. Those opposed have become very vocal while those in support of it fear the loss of their livelihood. Can they afford to pay wages to slaves? Of course, they think not. As the Westerman and Crowther investigate the crime, Crowther is attacked and injured and the novel proceeds without his direct involvement. Yes, I enjoyed this read very much and recommend the read to those who love historical mysteries. I thought that this is one of best.

  • Kathy
    2019-01-24 06:54

    I had this on my to-read list for a very long time waiting for it to become available and it wasn't. My library decided not to buy it, so perhaps they read books before they purchase? I ordered it from UK, reasonably priced through Amazon. Have all the books in this series been this unrealistic and fractured? I can't recall. It's been too long. Either the previous books were better books or my reading preferences have changed. Action takes place in London, 1780's. The main focus seemingly is the evils of slavery, but the topic was not handled believably and the murders were cartoon like. Disappointed.

  • Phil Butcher
    2019-02-17 03:54

    I love this historical mystery series set in the late 1700s. With characters you care about, gripping plots and a well-written style, each one has got better and better. The plot revolves around the black slave trade, the experience of freed slaves living in London & the start of the campaign to abolish slavery. So I am a little sad that this one appears to be the last in the series, but it did not disappoint.

  • Lynn
    2019-01-26 04:55

    This is perhaps one of the best in the series. Given the serious racial tensions in 2017, it is a stark reminder of where it all began. As always, the characters are tangible and the language eloquent. My favorite bit... as she moved her silks gossiped. So much more descriptive than saying her skirts swished.

  • ASoner
    2019-02-02 08:48

    Wow, I think this is the best in the series. Very emotional, complex and fast paced.

  • Kerry Bridges
    2019-01-29 05:32

    This is the fifth book in the Westerman/Crowther series and although the books do stand alone, I have enjoyed the progression of the characters from book to book, and this one in particular is a better read with some prior knowledge of the set up.Gabriel Crowther is an anatomist who happens to be in London when a murder is commotted - an ex slave trader is found tied down wearing a punishment mask which he himself had designed to use on his slaves. Together with his close friend, Harriet Westerman, Crowther must investigate the slave trade itself in order to understand what may have lead to the death.I do really like the characters of Westerman and Crowther and have enjoyed their investigations in the previous novels. It's quite refreshing not to have lots of hi-tec equipment available and to have to rely on deductions and thought processes to understand the crimes. I thought it was alsp very clever to focus on the slave trade as a background to the novel and for the characters to form opinions which must be similar to decisions made by many people at the time.My favourite character in this book is the bookseller Francis Glass, himself an ex slave, who has been allowed to buy his freedom and now has a responsible job. His complicated relationship with both himself and the other characters, really brings the story of individual slaves alive, as I am sure Ms Robertson intended.My only slight disappointment was the reveal at the end of some extra information about one of the characters which I did think was slightly unnecessary and a step too far, in fact, it almost seemed an excuse to end the novel there which I felt it did not need. However, another really enjoyable read from the pen of Imogen Robertson, I highly recommend it.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-01-30 03:51

    Thank goodness for ILL. My husband and I were waiting for an American edition to come out; then we threw in the towel and asked our library to get the book. Success!We are in deep waters here, as our intrepid duo of Mrs. Westerman and Mr Crowther are drawn into the case of a murdered English (former)owner of a Jamaican sugar plantation and the slaves who worked there. Was the murderer one of London's African population? That would be the easy (and thus, wrong) answer. But if not a former slave, then whom?As is usual with this superb series, there are numerous plot threads that appear unrelated, but which twine tighter and tighter together. We, the readers and the characters, are in troubling territory. The Abolitionist movement in England is just getting started (we meet the young Wilberforce), and we get a close look at the legal issues facing free (and not quite so free--i.e.escaped slaves) Africans in England in 1785.We get to meet marvelous characters as Francis Glass--bookseller, printer and freeman of color (Please let us see him again in future books) and William Geddings --a servant to Mrs Westerman and the unwitting cause of a major shock to her memory of her late husband.This book could probably be read and enjoyed without having read the previous books. But, really, this series is such an examplar of well-written historical mysteries, why deny yourself the pleasure of reading all of them?

  • Sue
    2019-01-31 08:56

    I love this series so much I had this installment shipped from the UK since I couldn't get it here in print. I love Harriet and Gabriel because they have a fond and adult relationship without letting romance distract (although there was an amusing titter of it in this one). If these two ever do get together, I would actually be very disappointed; and I'm a dyed-in-the wool romantic.The story / mystery revolves around slavery in England. Emotional and fraught for all of the participants, especially when (view spoiler)[ Harry finds out that her beloved husband owned a slave. She is so disappointed that he could have done such a thing when it goes so strongly against what she thought they both believed. She struggles with what to do to try to repair the wrong that was done to the man her husband "owned". Ultimately, Harry, Gabriel, Graves, and mostly the children do much to repair the wrong done to many. Harriet is once again scolded by her family; this time for not re-marrying and turning over the running of the estate to a man. Graves tempers his admonition by telling her to do what she wants, but don't bring danger home to the children. Ironic that the dangers the children encounter in this installment were visited on them because of the school and church Mrs. Service and Graves insisted the children attend. Gotta love that!(hide spoiler)]

  • Heather
    2019-02-07 04:35

    London - 1785. The body of a West Indies planter is found dead, and suspicions lands on former slaves. Dark secrets of the powerful slave trade are unwound, and they discover how far some people are willing to go if they believe their cause to be just.I think my issues with this book rely solely on what I just read (Kindred - about slavery), and what I stopped reading temporarily to get through my review books (The Luminaries - starts with a death shrouded in mystery). The former was good, but two books of the same ilk (I'm not saying these are identical by any means) can wear thin; the latter was really gripping, and I kept thinking "I could be finding out that mystery..."The characters are strong, and the opinions and decisions made seemed to fit in with Britain at the time, as you'd imagine it at least, and with slavery in the backdrop. Historical fiction that doesn't do justice to the history its placed in isn't worthwhile, but I think Imogen Robertson did a good job.It is a good book, and had it fell in a different position in my to-read pile, I feel like I could have enjoyed it that bit more. Good historical fiction, good mystery.

  • Emma
    2019-01-22 07:43

    Originally posted on best way I could describe this book is CSI: Georgian London. This book does a really good job at being a murder mystery while also being a fantastic historical fiction novel. It tells the story of Harriet Westerman, a wealthy young widow and Gabriel Crowther, a brilliant, reclusive anatomist, as they investigate the death of former West Indies plantation owner. Slavery plays an importation role in this book which makes it feel very dark. It touches on the subject of England’s extensive slave trade and plantation owners in Jamaica. It also focuses on the free slaves who started to build lives for themselves in the UK.This book has a fantastically large number of interesting characters. However I am admittedly not that great with names and this resulted in me being confused because there were so many characters. While I enjoyed this book I couldn’t help but feel that I would have understood who and what was going on much better if I had read the other books in the series first.

  • Jim
    2019-02-06 07:47

    It is always a joy to get a new novel from Imogen Robertson and the fact that we are back in the world of Herriet Waterman and Gabriel Crowther even more so. While you feel very cosy and very much at home with the characters,Imogen Robertson then puts you into the heart of the story that makes me think that not only does history repeat it`s self,but it makes me think that little has change in the world today.Herriet and Gabriel are back in Britain and have set up camp in London where they become involved in the very unpleasant world of the slave trade, as they try to find out who killed the former West Indies planter who has been found staked out by St Paul`s Cathedral and suspicion at once falls on a runaway slave.Once again Inogen Robertson spins a tale that has you twisting and turning through the streets of London of 1785 and again i found myself unable to put the book down, as this page turner had me reading well into the early hours of the morning.Not only a must read for Ingen Robertson fans but a must read for all who enjoy top class Historical detective fiction.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-27 05:31

    Robertson still has it. Her mysteries are never just mysteries but whole little worlds that mysteries happen to intersect with. This time, England and its role in the slave trade provides her main theme, and I thought she did very well at portraying the complex mix of opinions and beliefs. Her characters might know which side of history to be on, but that doesn't free them from blundering about in sensitive areas themselves from time to time. The one aspect that disappointed me was that I wished there had been a little more focus on Harriet and Crowther. I am impressed both at how Robertson is able to create brand new well-rounded characters that can stand up convincingly next to ones that are four books old and how she is still carefully developing all the secondary characters of her investigators' circles. Still, the partnership of Harriet and Crowther is the reason I like this series so much, and while they too are continuing to evolve, I still wanted more time in their company.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-10 09:42

    Another solid entry in the Westerman/Crowther series. It started off a little slower than I expected, but once it got rolling about 1/3 of the way in, it was tough to put down. In addition to the murder mystery, Robertson delves into the moral, social, and economic aspects of slavery in an intriguing way - the characters of William, Francis, Mr. Christopher, and Dauda (all former slaves) offer differing povs on the subject. It was fascinating to see how they each made some sense of their past and what they did to shape their futures.It was also good to see more involvement from a good chunk of the Westerman/Crowther clan. The children (in particular Susan and Eustache) and Graves have bigger roles and a part in the climax (I always liked the character of Graves, so a particular scene at the end was especially gratifying). And though the story got a touch convoluted, and hurried, toward the end, it was still a good read.

  • Krisette Spangler
    2019-02-13 07:42

    Ms. Robertson's fifth book in the Crowther and Westerman series does not disappoint. This novel deals with the slave trade in Great Britain in the late 1700's. It must have been heart wrenching to do all the research she had to do in order to write this book. I had a hard time putting the book down, and I am eagerly hoping there will be a book 6. Once again, the only thing that keeps me from giving these books five stars is some of the language that is used. There is very little swearing in these books, but it always feels so out of place when the characters use it in a book from this time period.

  • Sally Atwell Williams
    2019-02-09 01:31

    This is Imogen Robertson's fifth book about Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowthers. She is a marvelous author and mystery writer. Harriet is a widow with two children and Gabriel is a forensic scientist. Together they solve murders and mysteries. The time period is the 1780-90's. In this book England's extensive slave trade and English plantation owners in Jamaica is the subject. Wonderful. Robertson has done incredible research, as she always does, and tells of the locations and libraries where she found her informattion. I strongly recommend this book. However, I believe readers should begin with the first novel and then proceed, as the characters grow with each book.

  • Argum
    2019-02-16 02:58

    This entry covers slavery in Britain in a wonderful way. Our crime solving duo is in London when a slave owner from the Indies is killed in a churchyard after being treated like a punished slave with a metal mask and whip being used. The other slave traders want it to be a former slave and the former slaves are fearful they will be blamed. Several actual abolitionists are mentioned giving great historical flavor. A complicated series of events intertwines the death of a lady shopkeeper. The stories merge pretty early in this entry but only via the characters meeting early on. Great development of the children as well. Really enjoyed this entry in a great series

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-21 03:32

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant novel. I quite like all of Imogen Robertson's books because I think her prose lets the reader fall into her historical settings (very like Alice into Wonderland). Here, with her exploration of British attitudes towards their own slave trade in the later 18th century there is certainly something unsettling in how exactly the tone parallels modern discussions, in spite of being set in the supposedly since-transformed world of a bygone age.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-07 01:58

    Took a bit of getting into. Got a bit confused with the characters. Once I had established who was who I enjoyed the story. It seemed the author had done a lot of historical research. It was interesting to read the historical connections with some of the characters. And how the slave trade was so much part of lives in GB at that time. Thought I would read the first title to see how the characters met each other to establish themselves in the series.

  • Gill Parry
    2019-02-07 08:30

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book - it's one of the best I have read for a while. I can't say I was 'hooked' from the start, but quickly realised this was a most unusual book, with unusual characters. I had not realised the Slave trade was abolished in Britain until 1833, & this book has encouraged me to read further about the subject. This was a library book - didn't know it's actually the 5th in the series - will certainly look out for the others.

  • Tara Russell
    2019-02-01 03:43

    This fascinating crime novel sees the return of anatomist Crowther and his friend and investigative assistant Harriet Westerman. This time they are drawn into the case of a plantation and slave owner found dead in horrific circumstances in London. As the mystery unfolds the theme of slavery and its intrinsic role in British society is explored. A very harrowing read in places, eye opening at times, with the portrayal of characters refusing to shy away from unpleasant truths.

  • Lizzie Evans
    2019-02-07 04:54

    Brilliant and disturbing! The true extent of slavery in this country we should all know about. Imogen Robertson gives such incredible detail to her story and the characters are so real and engaging. This could have been a totally true account in my mind. Some beautiful phrases and quickening pace made it hard to put down. I've loved all the Crowther and Westerman stories but this one is cracking!

  • Teresa
    2019-02-06 07:36

    " Robertson writes in a sympathetic evocative prose delicately tracing her way through the classicism, sexism, and racism of the time to deliver a good murder mystery in with the social commentary and amazing setting of the scene"read more:

  • Attia
    2019-02-10 08:58

    What a wonderfully well written historical crime thriller. It tackles a dark subject and leaves you feeling as disgusted as the main protagonist and appalled at the ability of some men and women to inflict such pain on others. This is the first novel I have read by Imogen Roberts and I will definitely be reading more.