Killing Beauties is my first work of historical fiction. It seems a little odd but it’s taken me a while to realise that you can combine academia with fiction … and so Killing Beauties was born. Here’s the blurb:
It’s 1655, and as another royalist rebellion is snuffed out before it can ignite any hope in the hearts of the English loyalists, it seems that parliament’s spymaster, John Thurloe, is winning the intelligence war. Desperate to turn the tide, the exiled Charles Stuart, son of the late King Charles I, and his chief advisor, Sir Edward Hyde, hatch a dangerous plan: they are intent on setting a honey trap in which they hope to snare Thurloe. Hyde returns to England with instructions for his sister, Susan Hyde – postmistress of the royalist society the Sealed Knot and member of the highly secretive sisterhood of Les Filles d’Ophelie – to help thief, fraudstress and cradle snatcher Diana Jennings to infiltrate the very heart of Thurloe’s secret service.
Susan, however, realises that Thurloe’s trust can only be gained by a true lady, and that Diana’s skills will best serve another part of their plot. And so begins a deadly game of cat and mouse, as Susan seeks her man while Thurloe seeks to entrap the mysterious ‘S. H.’, who he believes holds the key to royalist resistance, unaware that she eats from his very table.
It’s available to pre-order here, so don’t be shy.