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Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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Blood & Sugar (original 2019; edition 2019)

by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Author)

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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 ...… (more)
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Title:Blood & Sugar
Authors:Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Author)
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This was really interesting insofar as it described Britain's attitude to the slave trade in the late eighteenth century, but the actual plot was ultimately disappointing. I didn't really warm to Harry that much; he seemed to have little regard for the consequences of his actions, and was nearly murdered so often it was a miracle he made it to the end of the book. There was just such a lot going on. Almost all the multitude of characters were villains in one way or another, and the list of crimes they were guilty of was endless. I think more of Caro, Harry's wife, and more of a partnership between her and Harry would have made it a better book. ( )
2 vote pgchuis | Apr 14, 2021 |
Harry Corsham is set for a successful political career, returned a hero from the American War, his marriage to Caro Craven has brought money, a position at the War Office and a beloved son. However when Harry is visited by his old friend's sister asking for help finding her brother, he enters a completely different world. When he arrives at Deptford he finds Tad is already dead, tortured and vilified for his abolitionist views. Harry vows to find whoever is responsible but this leads him into the world of slavery, a scandal hushed up and several more deaths.
I loved this book but found it quite intense. There is a lot of plot and a lot of side stories never quite followed through which makes it exhilarating but complex to read. The themes of politics and slavery are writ large and are true to the late 18th Century mentality where England is always at war and people want tobacco, sugar and cotton without caring where they come from. I had read about The Zong several years ago and the plot here lifts from that, profit is more important than slave lives and corruption runs deep. The research is impeccable and the sense of time and place immaculate. This is a wonderful first novel and I hope to read more. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Feb 23, 2019 |
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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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