It's 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 cutthroat 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.
Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and 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....
With a major film, Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Carey Mulligan, coming soon, suffragettes will be back in the limelight once again, nearly 100 years after they fought for votes for women.
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Old Fashioned Mystery
Wonderful reading by Lucy Scott. Very Victoraian!
Good story with interesting historical background and images. Particularly regarding the forced feeding of prisoners at that time. If you like historical novels with a bit of humour and a twist... you will like this.