London, 1785 is the scene for Theft of Life by the talented Imogen Robertson. The body of a West Indies Planter is found outside St Paul’s Cathedral, not just dead but murdered.
Suspicion abounds as his watch is discovered on one of his former slaves, but things are never that easy, this crime would not be that simple to solve.
Britain’s Slave Trade becomes the subject of investigation as Harriet Westerman and her reclusive friend, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, try to uncover what has led to this death. It leads the a fearful look at a hidden past for William Geddings, senior footman and Harriet herself, who finds it just a little too close to home. The key to everything lays with a former slave who now works in London as a bookseller and printer.
This gripping and moving story is a page turner to say the least. The reader is transported into historical London and thrown into the depths of the destructive and dangerous world of slave trading. Insightful, forceful and absorbing Theft of Life is a tale of epic proportions laid bare within the streets of 18th Century London.
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