Bath, 1787...English society, high and low, gathers for pleasure
and profit ...
Black Gold is the second in a series of
historical mysteries set in England and France on the eve of the
French Revolution. The setting is Bath, a lovely Georgian city and
England's most fashionable spa, during the spring season of 1787.
The "players" include haughty aristocrats, wealthy upstart businessmen, social
women, adventurers, courtesans, sharpers, addicted gamblers, and a
representative sample of the dregs of English society.
Anne Cartier goes
to Bath to tutor the deaf son of a Bristol slaver. Unexpectedly, Anne's friend
from Paris, Colonel Paul de Saint-Martin arrives in Bath, pursuing a rogue
former captain in the French service. Add to this
Jack Roach, a malign ghost from Anne's past, a black slave
bare-knuckle fighter yearning for freedom, and a shrewd Bow Street detective, and
you have a deadly brew.
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