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No Life for a Lady

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Violet Hamilton is a woman who knows her own mind. Which, in Victorian Hastings, can make things a little complicated...

At 28, Violet's father is beginning to worry she will never find a husband. But every suitor he presents, Violet finds a new and inventive means of rebuffing.

Because Violet does not want to marry. She wants to work, and make her own way in the world. But more than anything, she wants to find her mother Lily, who disappeared from Hastings Pier 10 years earlier.

Finding the missing is no job for a lady, but when Violet hires a seaside detective to help, she sets off a chain of events that will put more than just her reputation at risk.

Can Violet solve the mystery of Lily Hamilton's vanishing before it's too late?

A delightfully joyful, funny and gripping historical novel, perfect for fans of The Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting and The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels.


it's funny from the start.' – The Daily Mail

'Delightfully quirky, joyful and original... it will help you bounce exuberantly into spring' – Adele Parks

If you loved Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, you'll love to snuggle up with this novel!' – Chat

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Violet's story is moving, inspiring and very, very funny; a complete triumph." - Celia Anderson

"Charming, exhilarating, fabulously funny and so full of heart - Violet is the heroine I've been waiting for." - Daisy Buchanan

"Impeccably researched, with a slowly unfurling mystery at its heart, this witty and uplifting story belongs entirely to Violet - a lady determined to tackle life (and love!) on her own terms." - Julietta Henderson

"Watch out Enola Holmes - Violet Hamilton is on the case! Pure joy and utterly charming!" - Faith Hogan

"A GORGEOUS historical romcom with lashings of mystery... Joyful!" - Sophie Irwin

"Eleanor Oliphant for historical fiction fans, with a dash of detective work and mystery thrown in. I loved everything about it." - Katie Lumsden

"Delightful, original, cleverly crafted and completely addictive. Violet Hamilton is one of those characters who slips into your heart straight away and radiates joy. I loved it!" - Hazel Prior

"So original and well written, I couldn't put it down... I can't remember rooting for a heroine as hard as I did for Violet." - Lucy Vine

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