Fourth in Fidelis Morgan’s hugely entertaining series featuring the irrepressible Countess Ashby de la Zouche and her stupendously bosomed former maid, Alpiew
Unlikely as it may seem, the Countess finds herself with cash to spare. Unlikelier still, she decides to do the sensible thing and invest it, caught up in London society's new craze for stocks and shares. Overnight, fortunes are being made, wealth amassed from nothing in a frenzy of speculation. And with these new-found riches anything can be bought: commodities, monkeys…even people.
But as the Countess and Alpiew learn to their cost, investments can go down as well as up – helped along by a little embezzlement from those bastions of respectability, bankers and brokers. Soon banking leads to begging, burglary, and strange bedfellows – including an aspiring novelist with a grievance and a hirsute dwarf of astounding agility.
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Praise for The Ambitious Stepmother:
‘Fun never came so lusty’ Guardian
‘This is a fun read’ The Tablet
Praise for Unnatural Fire:
‘A lusty, audacious historical romp …all the bawdiness of London at the turn of the 18th century is brought to life’ Maxim Jakubowski, Guardian
‘The perfect autumn read’ Marie Claire
‘Thigh-slapping, exclamatory stuff … loudly, lustily, enthusiastically done’ Literary Review
‘A rollicking tale of alchemy, murder and heaving bosoms’ The Times
Praise for The Rival Queens :
‘A perfect historical menu of crime and mystery, with the bonus of laughs aplenty’ Guardian
‘Hilarious 17th century romp, which combines an authentic slice of history with a tantalising storyline. An authority on the era, Morgan has created an inventive book which wears its learning lightly. Colourful turns of phrase and witty descriptions – like a bawdy P.G. Wodehouse – leave you with a keen sense of the period’ Daily MailAbout the Author:
Fidelis Morgan is an actor and an expert in Restoration comedy. Acclaimed for her stage plays, Pamela and Hangover Square, she also collaborated with Lynda la Plante on Channel 4’s tense, psychological thriller Killer Net. She has written non-fiction studies of charismatic female figures from the 17th and 18th centuries, and contributed to the bestselling Virago anthology Wicked. In her first novel, Unnatural Fire, she combined historical interest with her lifelong passion for crime fiction.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007134282