Sunday 31 October 2021

Reading Round-Up: September/October 2021

The Writing Greyhound book stack

Happy Halloween!

On the spookiest day of the year, I'm looking back on all the books I've been reading this autumn. From much-loved classics to brand-new stories hot off the press, there's a little bit of something for everyone in there...

Thursday 14 October 2021

Book Review: Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass

Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass book cover

AD* | This is the confession of Laurence Jago. Clerk. Gentleman. Reluctant spy.

July 1794, and the streets of London are filled with rumours of revolution. Political radical Thomas Hardy is to go on trial for treason, the war against the French is not going in Britain's favour, and negotiations with the independent American colonies are on a knife-edge.

Laurence Jago - clerk to the Foreign Office - is ever more reliant on the Black Drop to ease his nightmares. A highly sensitive letter has been leaked to the press, which may lead to the destruction of the British Army, and Laurence is a suspect. Then he discovers the body of a fellow clerk, supposedly a suicide.

Blame for the leak is shifted to the dead man, but even as the body is taken to the anatomists, Laurence is certain both of his friend's innocence, and that he was murdered. But after years of hiding his own secrets from his powerful employers, and at a time when even the slightest hint of treason can lead to the gallows, how can Laurence find the true culprit without incriminating himself?