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A beautiful historical mystery for fans of Sarah Waters, Amitav Ghosh's THE SEA OF POPPIES, and JAMAICA INN.
London in the 1770s is bursting with opportunity. It's a city fuelled by new ideas and new money, where everything is for sale - including entree into the ruling class.
Making their way in this buccaneering society are Carey Ravine, a spirited young woman of enigmatic background, and her husband, the charming, endlessly enterprising Oliver Nash. Carey and Nash share a historic connection to India and a desperate ambition to better themselves. But as Nash's plans draw them into a restless association of gamblers and secret societies, Carey begins to question what's really hidden behind the seedy glamour of their lives. Her unease grows with the appearance of a mysterious man whose appearance unearths a troubling secret from the past. Carey finds herself forced to investigate the truth behind the stranger's claims - and to confront her own illusions about herself.
Gripping, tautly plotted and hauntingly beautiful: Debra Daley is a writer to watch
A glorious, intricate period romance
An enjoyable melodrama involving a stolen child, boorish brutes intent on ravishing the heroine, a woman with a gift of second sight and a rakish smuggler - The Sunday Times
Gripping, tautly plotted and hauntingly beautiful: Debra Daley is a writer to watch - Vanora Bennett, on Turning the Stones
An enjoyable melodrama involving a stolen child, boorish brutes intent on ravishing the heroine, a woman with a gift of second sight and a rakish smuggler - Sunday Times on Turning the Stones
I marvelled at this novel. Gripping, assured and powerfully atmospheric; you know at once you are in the hands of a master storyteller - Rowan Pelling, on Turning the Stones
A glorious, intricate period romance: a perfect mix of Georgian high society blended with wild Irish magic. Em is a feisty heroine and the denoument is as perfect as it is unexpected - Manda Scott, on Turning the Stones
A glorious, intricate period romance - Manda Scott