Publication Date: 02/06/2022 ISBN: 9781405954938 Category:

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

India Holton

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 02/06/2022 ISBN: 9781405954938 Category:
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Bridgerton meets Peaky Blinders in this swashbuckling tale of scoundrels and society, crime and crumpets. As these enemies turn to allies and might just fall in love along the way…

‘Victorian lady assassins fighting the patriarchy, flying houses, AND…an ONLY ONE BED trope?! Fun fun fun’ 5***** Reader Review

Cecilia Bassingwaite belongs to The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels.

Yet this is no ordinary Victorian lady’s society . . .

Full of pirates, thieves and ne’er-do-wells, these women spend their days pickpocketing and blackmailing their way around the country all before their afternoon tea.

But when Cecilia meets Ned Lightbourne her world is set to change forever.

Because he’s a paid assassin and she’s his next hit.

Under the employment of the dastardly Captain Morvath – who wants to rid the world of these Lady Scoundrels – Ned knows he has one job to do.

But when he lays eyes on the feisty, beautiful Cecilia he’s faced with a conundrum:

Does he kill her . . . or fall in love with her?


1. Only one bed
2. Enemies to lovers
3. Strong female leads

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‘SPECTACULAR. just the sort of absolute madness which one needs in a book!’ 5***** Reader Review

‘Witty, entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny and adventurous… Everything I need in a historical romance’ 5***** Reader Review

‘The best romantic humorous adventure fantasy of manners you will ever read!’ 5***** Reader Review

Publisher Review

As much fun as the English language will permit -- New York Times Book Review Melds the Victorian wit of Sherlock Holmes with the brash adventuring of Indiana Jones . . . A sprightly feminist tale that offers everything from an atmospheric Gothic abbey to secret societies -- Entertainment Weekly A joyride of a debut . . . As if The Parasol Protectorate series met The Princess Bride and a corseted Lara Croft: Tomb Raider -- Kirkus Reviews With secret identities, secret doors, and secret histories to spare, this high-octane layer-cake of escapism hits the spot. -- Publishers Weekly If books are truly a portable magic, then The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels is a satchel full of powerful spells and glittering fairy dust -- Lynn Painter, author of Mr Wrong Number The most delightfully bonkers historical fantasy romance of 2021! I enjoyed every absorbing moment -- Jen DeLuca, author of Well Played The most charming, clever, and laugh-out-loud funny book I've read all year . . . India Holton's utterly delightful debut is pure joy from start to finish. -- Martha Waters, author of To Have and to Hoax India's debut is charming, clever, action-packed, with masterful bantering-while-dueling choreography: it reminds me of The Princess Bride, except swoonier and more fantastical. It's an instant beloved favorite. -- Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other The perfect diversion for a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea. What fun! -- Manda Collins, author of A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem Magnificent in every sense. India Holton's writing is gorgeous and lyrical, her dialogue clever and witty, and her characters loveable and unforgettable -- Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, author of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything A tongue-in-cheek swashbuckling adventure -- Library Journal

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