This is the fifth book in the series which features Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther. This is a great series of historical novels, set in the 1780s, and I have enjoyed every one of them to date. This one is no exception.
The story is set in May 1785, and the body of a West Indies planter is found on the grounds near to St Paul’s Cathedral. William Geddings, a senior footman in Harriet’s household recognises the dead man, and despite themselves Harriet and Gabriel are caught up in the brutal and powerful world of the slave traders and those who profit from the trade in human lives and misery.
Another fantastic read in this series, this book really brought home to me a taste of the horrific reality of slavery, and how it could even affect lives so far away from the Indies, in a supposedly civilised and enlightened country. Profit and greed are great motivators for those who are prepared to leave their morals and humanity behind, so I suppose some things never change. I have found myself compelled to find further reading around the sugar trade, and the slave trade, and the West Indies in this period.
Thoroughly recommended, as are all the books in this series, starting with the first, Instruments of Darkness.
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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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
Matchless storytelling, gripping and moving in equal measure. Addictive - Nicci French A true force in historical fiction - Daily Mail [A] gripping blend of the Georgian gothic and the forensic thriller - Independent A masterpiece of modern literature... Delicately woven, passionate and utterly engaging, [The Paris Winter] has to rank as one of the best novels of 2013 - Manda Scott The Paris Winter is in another class altogether... The vivid description of life in the Belle Epoque - whether of the rich upper classes and their servants; or students, artists and members of the Parisian underworld - the plausible plot, and a sensitive understanding of art and artists make this a fascinating novel that I read in a single sitting and admired greatly - Literary Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Publisher : Review (22 May 2014)
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- Print length : 354 pages
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Theft of LifeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2017
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Loved it!....hope there will be moreReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2015
Absolutely loved all 5 Westerman and Crowther books. Please Ms Robertson do not make this the last book featuring Mrs Westerman and Mr Crowther.... I'd be bereft! Absolutely loved all 5 books so far. These books have kept me up later than I should have been for weeks (i am a slow reader!) total page turners! Tackling head on issues such as sexism, classism; racism, abuse- all of these are written about from a historical fiction lense but are so thought provoking and relevant today. Equally strong female and male protagonists without a love interest/relationship is refreshing in the period fiction genre. Love it!
Excellent mystery around a tragic theme, slaveryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2014
Ms Robertson has produced another clever, well written mystery, developing her main characters and their relationships in new ways, and introducing very interesting new players. The underlying historical theme of slavery makes the whole more emotional as the horror of it is hinted at and revealed throughout. Near the end Harriet Westerman says something like "Crowther we have been investigating the wrong murder", and the pace suddenly picks up, with danger to our heroes, and several threads come together and the whole becomes known, linking what seemed like separate crimes. Any more than that will reveal too much of the intriguing plot. I enjoyed Eustache's role and his developing character in this novel. All in all a very satisfying read, difficult to put down.
Not as enjoyable!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2014
Have read all Imogen Robertson`s books and enjoyed them. This one I was less keen on. I found it a bit muddly and even a tad tedious in places. Also there were quite a few "typos" and even a wrong character name used in one passage! Proof reader??? I was glad when it finished to be truthful!
Another highly entertaining and in parts, disturbing readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2016
I found this book hard to put down, both gripping and disturbing in equal measure. It's so easy to get caught up in the characters, Robertson paints such a vivid picture and the chemistry between Crowther and Westerman is hard to ignor. Another highly recommended book by Robertson