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Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge

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'Grisly, addictive fun . . . I devoured it in 24 hours' – Emilia Hart, author of Weyward

In deepest winter, beware the coldest hearts . . .

London, 1850. Constance Horton has disappeared.

Maude, her older sister, knows only that Constance abandoned the apothecary they call home, and, disguised as a boy, boarded a ship bound for the Arctic. She never returned. ‘A tragic accident’, the Admiralty called it. But Maude Horton knows something isn’t right.

When she finds Constance’s journal, it becomes clear that the truth is being buried by sinister forces. To find answers – and deliver justice for her sister – Maude must step into London’s dark underbelly, and into the path of dangerous, powerful men. The kind of men who seek their fortune in the city’s horrors, from the hangings at Newgate to the ghoulish waxworks of Madame Tussaud’s.

It is a perilous task. But Maude has dangerous skills of her own . . .

'Brilliant! Stuffed with adventure' - Stuart Turton, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
'A gripping adventure story' - Emma Stonex, author of
The Lamplighters
'Victorian gothic at its very very best' - Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Adventurous and beautifully written. I loved the clever, propulsive storytelling and the wealth of historical detail . . . so accomplished, I thoroughly enjoyed it." - Rosie Andrews

"Pook takes us on a heart-stopping ride through the dark underbelly of Victorian London and the icy plains of the Arctic. Stunningly written and meticulously researched, this is escapist fiction at its best. Grisly, addictive fun - as glorious as the titular character's revenge. I devoured it in 24 hours." - Emilia Hart

"From the boisterous gallows crowd to the ice fields of the Arctic, Pook conjures up a compellingly vivid scene. A rip-roaring and guillotine-sharp critique of Victorian 'murder mania'. I couldn't tear myself away." - Ellery Lloyd

"Lizzie Pook effortlessly blends a wild Arctic adventure with a riveting tale of a sister's burning desire for revenge, the tension tightening like a hangman's noose. Her writing is atmospheric, gripping and beautiful - the execution of this novel is flawless." - Amy McCulloch

"Dark, thrilling & completely absorbing, MAUDE HORTON'S GLORIOUS REVENGE is glorious. Lizzie Pook taps into a centuries-long fascination with true crime taking us from the Arctic via gruesome hangings into Madame Tussaud's. I loved Maude and was rooting for her from the get-go. BRAVO!" - Nikki May

"Thrilling, heartfelt and utterly compulsive, Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge is a triumphant second novel. It is that rare thing - a gripping adventure story and an intelligent, richly textured portrait of a moment in history. Every page is steeped in atmosphere, from the gallows of Victorian London to the perils of polar exploration aboard the great ship Makepeace, as Pook combines impressive research with fine-tuned characterisation, a galloping plot and absolute command of her story. This is a glorious creation indeed - I loved it." - Emma Stonex

"Lizzie Pook is a master of suspense. The story of one sister's love and determination to avenge her sister's death, is an unforgettable, atmospheric thrill ride." - Adriana Trigiani

"Such a brilliant book! Every page is stuffed with adventure and character, rendered so evocatively you feel like you're dashing around with Maude in 1850. A joyous, propulsive piece of writing from a truly talented writer." - Stuart Turton

"Yet another page turner from Lizzie Pook. Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge is a captivating historical thriller with an unusual heroine at its heart. I loved this story of two sisters, a heartbreaking mystery, and a life-or-death quest." - Charmaine Wilkerson

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