1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed. But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?
The year is 1911. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Chief Inspector Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Petite young blonde women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America. And there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves. If Bell is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time
From the author of 'Slammerkin', a gripping historical novel about three famous Londoners - an artist, an actress and an aristocrat - based on the true story of a love triangle that scandalised late 18th century London.
Emily 'Fido' Faithfull hasn't seen her friend Helen for years. After bumping into her on the streets of Victorian London, Fido finds herself reluctantly helping Helen to have an affair with a young army officer. The women's friendship quickly unravels - and the appearance of a mysterious sealed letter could destroy more than one life.
Returning to England after the war Gilbert Joseph is treated very differently now that he is no longer in an RAF uniform. Joined by his wife Hortense, he rekindles a friendship with Queenie who takes in Jamaican lodgers. Can their dreams of a better life in England overcome the prejudice they face?
London, 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment - forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning. When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love. But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening.
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.
In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find the lock picked and a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. When the watch saves Thaniel's life from an attack on parliament, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori - a kind, lonely immigrant. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of slips soon proves that he must be hiding something.
Jack Sheppard - a transgender carpenter's apprentice - has fled his master's house to become a notorious prison break artist, and Bess Munshi has escaped the draining of the fenlands to become a revolutionary mastermind. Now they find themselves at the centre of a web of corruption leading back to the dreaded Thief-Catcher General - or so we are told in a mysterious manuscript unearthed by one Professor R. Voth.
In this novel Edward Rutherfurd takes the reader on a magnificent journey across sixteen centuries from the days of the Romans to the Victorian engineers of Tower Bridge and the era dockland development of today. Through the lives and adventures of his colourful cast of characters he brings all the richness of London's past unforgettably to life.
London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away. Sue is persuaded to pose as a lady's maid to rob this young heiress of her fortune, but soon she begins care for her helpless mark in unexpected ways.