Black Gold by Charles O'Brien
(Anne Cartier Mysteries)

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The setting is Bath, England’s most fashionable spa, during the spring season of 1787. Haughty aristocrats, wealthy upstart businessmen, social climbers, adventurers, courtesans, sharpers, addicted gamblers, and a representative sample of the dregs of English society gather for pleasure and profit in this lovely Georgian city… Anne Cartier, Colonel Paul de Saint-Martin, and Georges Charpentier pursue a wily dangerous fugitive from French justice in this thrilling sequel to Mute Witness. They must deal with Sir Harry Rogers, a rich, powerful, cuckolded slave trader. His wife, Lady Margaret, loves another man. Mary Campbell, the tutor of their deaf son, has died mysteriously. His black slave Lord Jeff, a footman and bare- knuckle boxer, seeks freedom. Passions mount. Tragedy looms near.

About Charles O'Brien

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O'Brien earned a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and went on to teach history for 30 years before turning to historical mystery fiction fulltime.
Published June 16, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 401 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Paul and Sir Harry strike up a friendship during a training session of Sir Harry's prize-fighter slave, and Paul soon becomes the slaver's houseguest at Combe Park.

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About to leave England for Paris, Anne is importuned by her former instructor to delay that journey in order to provide tutoring for the deaf son of an important businessman and former sea captain in Bath.

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It is 1787 and Anne Cartier, the former Sadler¼s Wells actress and teacher of the deaf first encountered in Mute Witness, has left France for a visit to England.

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