The Silversmith's Wife by Sophia Tobin

The Silversmith's Wife

Sophia Tobin

I’m fascinated by historic novels which feature artisans and the passion for their crafts. I immediately became immersed in the psychological atmospheric intrigue of this murder mystery, and the web of characters so evocatively depicted amongst the brutal streets of Georgian London.


As Digby emerged from the pawnbroker’s shop he told himself it was impossible that anyone could have followed him. The place was hidden in the maze of alleyways off the Strand that he would be hard-pressed to find it again. So disturbed was he that he even passed a tavern without pausing, keeping his eyes on the ground and pushing forwards to the main thoroughfare. He wanted a drink, and badly, but he also wanted to find his way out of this place, the light falling like mist into the dark polluted air.

  • The Grenadillo Box by Janet Gleeson
  • Mrs Garnet’s Angel by Sally Vickers
  • The Lady and The Unicorn by Tracey Chevalier

Books with similar mood

The Prisoner of Paradise

Romesh Gunesekera

Brixton Beach

Roma Tearne

Empire of Sand

Tasha Suri

Napoleon: The Song of Departure

Max Gallo

The Great Stink

Clare Clark

The Paris Wife

Paula McLain

Welcome to Lagos

Chibundu Onuzo

To the Bright Edge of the World

Eowyn Ivey


Naomi Novik

Villa America

Liza Klaussmann

Nanjing 1937: A Love Story

Ye Zhaoyan

The Painted Bridge

Wendy Wallace

You Came Back

Christopher Coake

Tiger Hills

Sarita Mandanna

The Best People in the World

Justin Tussing

From Darkest Skies

Sam Peters


Paul Adam

The Rose Grower

Michelle de Kretser

Sorcerer to the Crown

Zen Cho

Guarding Maggie

Ellen McCarthy

Girl in a Blue Dress

Gaynor Arnold

Critical Injuries

Joan Barfoot

Lyrics Alley

Leila Aboulela

The Vine of Desire

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Girl in the Red Coat

Kate Harmer

The Infatuations

Javier Marias

Plain Truth

Jodi Picoult


Joanne Harris

The Housekeeper

Melanie Wallace

The Dream Life of Sukhanov

Olga Grushin

The Chapel at the Edge of the World

Kirsten McKenzie

Hunters in the Dark

Lawrence Osborne

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

The Piano Tuner

Daniel Mason

The Kites

Romain Gary


Julian Gough

The Bookman's Tale

Charlie Lovett

Among Others

Jo Walton

Before I Go To Sleep

S J Watson

The Secrets of Jin-Shei

Alma Alexander

On Cape Three Points

Christopher Wakling

Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden

The Fire Sermon

Francesca Haig

The Offing

Benjamin Myers

Every Day, Every Hour

Natasa Dragnic


Gwyneth Jones

Random Acts of Heroic Love

Danny Scheinmann

The Mountain of Light

Claire Allen


G P Taylor