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Kate studied her BA at Somerville College, Oxford where she was a College Scholar and received the Violet Vaughan Morgan University Scholarship. She then took her MA at Queen Mary, University of London and her DPhil at Oxford. Kate's first book was England's Mistress- the Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton and her second,Becoming Queen was about the passionate youth of Queen Victoria and Princess Charlotte. She was also a consultant on the movie Young Victoria which starred Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend and has appeared on the Today programme and as a guest reviewer on Newsnight Review in addition to presenting a programme about Queen Victoria for BBC2's Timewatch.
Pitch-perfect . . . This intoxicating and disturbing novel is properly thrilling and extraordinarily well-written * Independent on Sunday * A dark story of murder and obsession * Elle * An eerie murder mystery set in the corrupt heart of Victorian London * Marie Claire Good Book Club pick * Part-bodice-ripper, part-slasher, the book's elaborate plot moves along at a brisk clip with a nod to the likes of Sarah Waters and Peter Ackroyd * Daily Mail * A sure-footed evocation of seamy Victorian London * The Sunday Telegraph * A sinister picture of a country, and protagonist, on the brink of hysteria * Psychologies * As crowded with sensation as a Victorian parlour with furniture * The Scotsman * A spider's web of a plot and a spine-tingling atmosphere of menace and suspense * The Times * Mesmerising, elegant and compelling * The Lady *