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Blood & Sugar - Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Blood & Sugar - Laura Shepherd-Robinson

This is book № 584 of an exclusive edition of 700 copies

Title: Blood & Sugar

Author:  Laura Shepherd-Robinson

ISBN:  9781509880775

Weight:  951g

Signed and numbered first edition, first printing



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Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

An investigation into a gruesome murder on the Deptford Docks leads to a dark secret that could change the very core of British society…

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…

Peer & Press Reviews

A striking historical thriller…  Few first novels are as accomplished as this.

Andrew Taylor, author of The Ashes of London

Epic, harrowing, thrilling, brutal, addictive.  I read it flat out in one day.

C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man

Magnificent…  A tense and gripping historical thriller that shines an unwavering light on a dark period in British history.  Unmissable.

Antonia Hodgson, author of The Devil in the Marshalsea

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Blood & Sugar
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of 700 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s number.  This page also gives the title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

As an exclusive edition, the book has black sprayed page edges, a gold coloured ribbon marker and red / yellow decorative head and tail bands.  These features instantly differentiates this book from the standard trade edition.

Book number 584 of 700
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the number authentication page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2019 – shortlist

CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger 2019 – shortlist

Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Mantle
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781509880775
ISBN 10 1509880771
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 425
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 160 x 40mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Adrian Scottow
Jacket design Ami Smithson, Mantle Art Department
Jacket images Bridgeman: The North-West Prospect of Deptford, in the County of Kent, 1739 (engraving)
Alamy: dock
Endpaper map courtesy of Warwick Leadlay Gallery

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