“It’s a thriller, a wickedly funny insider’s view of the book trade and the heroine has a backbone – for me the perfect storm of an entertaining read. Sam Clair lives alone and likes it; she’s a great one for making her own rules. She works as a publisher and she recently commissioned Kit Lovell, Gay Best Friend and fashion guru, to write a book about the murder of an iconic designer. But several I people are taking an unhealthy interest in the manuscript, and suddenly Sam’s quiet working life is getting murkier by the minute. What’s in the book that I people are so desperate to see? And where on earth is Kit? To make it more complicated, a policeman is buzzing around her, and he’s distractingly gorgeous. Best of all, Sam’s Dr Watson is her elegant, overachieving mother — a successful lawyer and all-round brilliant character who’s not above a little mild law-breaking. Loved it.”
Kate Saunders, The Times
You know when you have one of those days at the office? You spill coffee on your keyboard, the finance director goes on an expenses rampage and then, before you know it, your favourite author is murdered. When Samantha Clair decides to publish journalist Kit Lovell’s tell-all book on the death of fashion designer Rodrigo Aleman, she can scarcely imagine the dangers ahead. Cue a rollercoaster ride into the dark realms of fashion, money-laundering and murder, armed with nothing but her e-reader and her trusty stock of sarcasm.
The Victorian City
Victorian buildings still surround Londoners, so we are under the impression we know the Victorian city and how it functioned. But just as Flanders’ The Victorian House revealed the long-lost daily routines of the Victorian home, so now she describes the comings and goings of the world’s largest city. Calling on the magical eye of Charles Dickens, possibly the greatest ‘look-er’ the city has ever seen, Flanders takes her readers down the teeming city streets of the 19th century, conjuring up the once-common street-bands, street-sellers, street-walkers and street-children. How did passengers hail an omnibus? How were the streets paved before macadam? How did householders collect their drinking water? With these and other questions, Flanders brings back to life a city of pea-soup fogs, horse manure, and even gutters running with blood.
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