The Hourglass Factory
‘Rollicking whodunit adventure…Terrific.’ Ian Rankin
Waterstones’ Edinburgh Book of the Year
Longlisted HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award
A Val McDermid New Blood Pick, Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
An Alex Gray New Crimes Pick, Bloody Scotland
“a sexy fast-paced historical murder mystery…a thrilling combination of corsets, Emmeline Pankhurst and female journalists…” The Herald
“a wonderful debut…a lively, funny, unexpected book…vivid characters and a great sense of curiosity — a splendid opening to a career.” USA Today
“expertly paced and plotted…The characters complement one another brilliantly, and the novel actually brings some sharp insights to the history of the women’s movement…How can one resist such a deliciously over-the-top, historically savvy novel?” Kirkus (starred review)
“this whodunnit teems with larger-than-life characters…Yet this is also a historical novel, with landmark events (often not seen as contemporaneous to one another)…all breathing life into Ribchester’s London.” The Guardian
“a ripping yarn….Clever and fun, humane yet deeply readable….The Hourglass Factory is that rare thing—an entertaining novel that you come out of feeling smarter than you were when you went in.” Martin Cornwell, Quadrapheme
1912 and London is in turmoil…
The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.
When Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks. How did Ebony vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory?
From the newsrooms of Fleet Street to the drawing rooms of high society, the missing Ebony Diamond leads Frankie to the trail of a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined…
“A big debut…its energy, crackle and humour is infectious” Daily Mail
“…a tale of murder, subversion, class and the fight for equality. Set against a backdrop of the suffragette movement and a significant period of change, the novel covers a number of ideas and themes without ever relinquishing the plot…. A most enjoyable read.” Naomi Frisby, The Writes of Woman
“The Hourglass Factory is a glorious tome encapsulating the London of 1912 set amidst suffragettes and circuses.” The Mitford Society
“**** …this story is too good to miss. With a motley crew of characters and a helping of period detail, it is a fantastically fun page-turner that pulses with all the energy of London’s streets.” The Lady Magazine
“A fascinating historical mystery from a talented new author…fascinating historical detail and brilliant description.” Kristy Rabbitt, We Love This Book
Read an extract here.
The paperback is now available from Waterstones and Hive & the e-version from iTunes.
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