I had never read any Imogen Robertson before this novel, but she's definitely going in my TBR pile. Although a little slow to start, this ended up being a brilliant crime thriller set in the 1700's. I loved Harriet - despite the restrictions placed on women during that time Harriet seemed to reject all of them and carry on doing her own thing, (and I do love a woman who carries on and does her own thing!). There were a lot of characters to get my head around in this book, but I think it would have helped if I had read the four other previous novels in the series. Despite that, once I remembered who everyone was I really enjoyed the plot, it moved at a fast enough pace to entertain while still giving great amounts of detail, that I find always helps when reading historical novels.
Theft of Life works well as a standalone novel, and yes, I do think it helps to have read the previous books, but its not absolutely necessary to enjoy this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am now going to back track on myself to find out what Harriet was up to before this!
Theft of Life is published in paperback today - 26th March - and you can get it here:
**GIVEAWAY** - Reading Room with a View has one paperback copy up for grabs! To win just follow @ReadingRoom79 and retweet the giveaway! Winner picked Monday 30th March.
*Thanks to Frances Gough at Headline for my review copy*