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Book Thoughts: Daughters of Night (Laura Shepherd-Robinson)

A little long with a slow beginning, but a strong ending

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Daughters of Night
Author: Laura Shepherd-Robinson (UK)
Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
First published: 2021
Edition: Kindle e-book

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.

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I picked this novel up, because it sounded right up my street. I think it was, but I did feel it was longer than it needed to be.

We follow three characters, two in the ‘present’ and one in the weeks leading up to the murder(s). I enjoyed the different points of view and following them as they tried to figure out who had committed the murders and why. As the story unfolds there are a number of suspects and all carry incriminating secrets.

The author did a lot of research about life in late 1700s London and it shows. There were a lot of small details about the time period that I had not read about before. It gave a good insight into prostitution in that time period as well. The lives and events of the people in the novel are believable and I really enjoyed that part.

The murder resolution aspect was pretty good. I had guessed part of it, but I did not quite see the other half coming. That was pretty good writing in my opinion.

The second half was stronger than the first half, which was a little too slow in places for my taste, especially when it comes to this type of book. It just felt a tad longer than it needed to be. I still enjoyed it though and I would definitely look out for other books by this author.

5 out of 7 stars

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