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Blood and Sugar
Blood and Sugar | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
'A page-turner of a crime thriller . . . This is a world conveyed with convincing, terrible clarity' C. J. SansomBlood & Sugar is the thrilling debut historical crime novel from Laura Shepherd-Robinson.June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock - horribly tortured and branded with a slaver's mark. Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham - a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career - is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He'd said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend's investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family's happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford . . .
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andrew61
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#MarvellousMay @Andrew65 Just squeezed in 3 books to the challenge with this historical crime novel. Certainly the history was interesting as set in 1781 it centres around the slave trade, abolition, and the profits that mean lives of the poor victims are little more than cargo borrowing from a real sea borne atrocity. A former soldier investigates his friends death in the Deptford docks. A few stutters prose + plotwise but a page turner.

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Oblomov26
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A well written historical murder mystery set in Deptford being one of the English terminus of the Triangle Trade (goods to Africa, Slaves to the Americas, Sugar to Europe) where a reforming lawyer has been murdered. Our protagonist is an old friend of the reformer and hero of the revolutionary war who finds a conspiracy stretching to the heights of society and a murderer determined to ensure details will never come to light.

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Mitch
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A page turning murder mystery that vividly brings to life 18th century London docks & the horror of the slave trade. It lays bare the political involvement in human trafficking, the hypocrisy of the establishment and the deep scares that are left by such barbaric exploits. What irked me - was the absence of women taking agency of their lives, having read this book you might think all London women at that time were devoid of independence & action.

Crazeedi Did you know when Wilberforce championed the abolishing of the slave trade in england, the country bought and freed in silver every slave? As a nation the people sacrificed to do this. Wilberforce is a hero and should be more widely known 13mo
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Mitch
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Rainy Friday afternoon, tucked up in my favourite chair with socks and a fleece on ( it‘s summer soon, right?!) Loving the pace of this book - is a real page turner... but where are all the strong women??

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Mitch
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I have an hour that is all mine... I‘m going to spend it amongst the dirt strewn cobbles and tattooed sailors of 18th Century Depford. 👏🏼

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Mitch
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I‘m only a few chapters in - but this feels like the perfect book for my currently unsettled brain! It‘s swift moving and chapters end with those little sentences of intrigue which keeping reading just one more page!

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Mitch
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Haven‘t even got as far as Chapter 1 and there‘s been three maps already - that‘s a good sign! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

DGRachel Love a good book map! 14mo
Mitch @DGRachel I know right, it‘s got to be good if it involves maps! 14mo
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MsMelissa
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Here is today‘s edition of books I‘ve received from the UK 🇬🇧

#bookmail

TrishB Lovely ♥️ 1y
MsMelissa @TrishB I do love book mail, and books from the UK are always extra special ☺️ 1y
LeahBergen I‘ve been curious about Animals. It sounds good! 1y
Cathythoughts These look good 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
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Lena_writes
Blood & Sugar | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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Going to try to be better about posting this year 😅 First book of 2021 🎇🎇🎇

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jenniferw88
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Caroline2
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Just about to hop in the bath with this bad boy! I‘m really into historical fiction at the mo so I‘m looking forward to starting this. 😀 🛁

Cathythoughts Enjoy ❤️ 2y
TrishB Enjoy, perfect 😍 2y
Caroline2 @TrishB @Cathythoughts Life‘s so stressful at the mo isn‘t it. Trying to find comfort in little things. ❤️ 2y
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charl08
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Books I read this month!

rockpools Just a couple! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Spill Simmer Falter Wither is so underrated! I wish more people knew how amazing this book is! 2y
charl08 @RachelO Some, it has to be admitted, were Quite Short. 2y
charl08 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I agree. A beautiful book. I hope she keeps writing- I will look out for her books. 2y
rockpools @charl08 I‘m a big fan of a Quite Short book. 2y
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MamaGina
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Loving this book!!!🤓 Well researched, fast paced, historical fiction at its best 📖

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charl08
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'...Archer was killed because he came here to help your people.'
'Which people are those?...'

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charl08
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A map! 😍

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Lizpixie
Blood & Sugar | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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Bottom half of the right side #stack of my #Scareathlon #TBR has quite a range of titles for #TeamSlaughter including paranormal thriller(Platform Seven, House Of Salt & Sorrow)historical crime(Blood & Sugar, The Murder Of Harriet Monckton)& scary slasher(The Chestnut Man, Too Close To Breathe)See anything you want to read?

Clwojick I haven‘t read or heard of any of these, with the exception of Triptych, obviously. But I‘m the type of person who picks up books based on the cover and spine, so I‘d definitely be interested in a handful of these. Specifically the very bottom one, and the red one. ♥️ 3y
Clwojick And because the font is so beautiful, also 3y
Lizpixie @Clwojick I‘m a total #coverlove junkie as well! Blood & Sugar, Too Close To Breathe & The Chestnut Man were all Goldsboro BOTM‘s so they‘re all signed 1st editions too. Platform Seven is also signed from Waterstones though. House Of Salt And Sorrows was last months FairyLoot book but I would‘ve bought it anyway, I love stories set in small Oceanside villages🌊 3y
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Olivia306
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#unpopularopinion I honestly can‘t quite understand all those great reviews this book has. I was convinced I found an incredible story, I was wrong. While the story is interesting, well-researched, and deals with a tough subject, the writing (quite jarring), some authorial choices (don‘t get me started), and some plot holes left me puzzled and irritated. Not to mention the ending, which is trite and doesn‘t make much sense.

Olivia306 The only reason why it doesn‘t get a pan is that it managed to keep me reading until the end. 📚 3y
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Olivia306
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‘Light‘ reading on the tube. 🤓 Seems interesting so far, though the writing seems a bit off at times (or maybe it was just me reading it on the tube). Let‘s see how it goes. 😊

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt3 This beauty was the Goldsboro BOTM for February. Signed & numbered, it‘s a 1st edition with a very nice map of the Southside of 18th Century London. Set in 1781 Deptford, where a body hangs on the dock, tortured & branded with a slavers mark.Captain Harry Corsham is begged by the sister of his abolitionist friend to find out what‘s happened after he disappeared while investigating a slavers ring. Has great reviews so fingers crossed!

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jenniferw88
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@LibrarianRyan I've finally got my #40in2019tbr sorted! I hope you have a great birthday and thanks for the generous #giveaway (I may nick the idea for my 30th!)

LibrarianRyan Nick away. What is the stationary? Is that a chick? 4y
jenniferw88 @LibrarianRyan it's a lemon (& a very old notebook!) 😂 4y
LibrarianRyan @jenniferw88 ahhhhhh. Cool. 4y
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