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Theft of Life by Imogen Robertson
  

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London 1785. The effects and cruelty of the slave trade appals many but there are those who will kill to protect their reputation. This is the heart of this wonderful crime novel. It is part of a series featuring Captain Westerman’s widow Harriet and her forensic pathologist friend Crowther, a lovely duo. There are many characters from earlier books and many new characters added here so getting it all sorted out takes a bit of concentration. I urge you to do so for you will find the tale does stand on its own and is quite magnificent. The history of the slave trade with the varying attitude of everyone towards the black people seemed genuine, the poverty, squalor and noise of the slums contrasting with the households of the gentry beautifully handled and the complicated plot itself is all neatly tied up with an epilogue. Highly recommended.

If you like Imogen Robertson you might also like to read books by Mikkel Birkegaard, S. J. Parris and C. J. Sansom.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A spine-tingling new addition to the exploits of wealthy Georgian widow Harriet Westerman and her reclusive anatomist friend Gabriel Crowther, this dark, unflinching and vivid novel delves deep into the painful history of Britain’s slave trade. When a one-time plantation owner is found dead near St Paul’s Cathedral, his former slaves are the inevitable suspects, and the involvement of her footman William Geddings brings Harriet reluctantly into the investigation. Powerful individuals stand to lose both money and reputation and will stop at nothing to conceal the truth, as Harriet and Gabriel are drawn ever deeper into a world of misery and exploitation.
~ Susie Cogan

Synopsis

Theft of Life by Imogen Robertson

London, 1785. When the body of a West Indies planter is found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's, suspicion falls on one of the victim's former slaves, who was found with his watch on the London streets. As Harriet and Crowther begin investigate, however, they find the answer is not that simple. 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.

Reviews

[A] gripping blend of the Georgian gothic and the forensic thriller - Independent

A true force in historical fiction - Daily Mail

The pleasure lies in the steady unfurling of a period crime series (1871) that doesn't rely on declamatory villains and rhubarbing local colour -- Christopher Fowler

About the Author

Imogen Robertson

Imogen Robertson grew up in Darlington, studied Russian and German at Cambridge, and now lives in London. She directed for TV, film and radio before becoming a full-time author, and also writes and reviews poetry. Imogen won the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel competition’ in 2007 with the opening of Instruments of Darkness, her first novel.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Imogen Robertson

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Hardback

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Historical Fiction
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9780755390151

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