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Another compelling murder mystery set in the eighteenth century from the acclaimed author of The Grenadillo Box.
Janet Gleeson was born in Sri Lanka, where her father was a tea planter. After taking a degree in History of Art and English she joined Sotheby's, and later worked for Bonhams Auctioneers. In 1991 she joined Reed Books, where she was responsible for devising and writing Miller's Antiques and Collectibles. She is the author of the Sunday Times non-fiction bestsellers The Arcanum and The Moneymaker. She is also the author of three novels, The Grenadillo Box, The Serpent in the Garden and The Thief-Taker.
"'Gripping...Gleeson's evocation of the period is meticulously researched and her plotting is neat and controlled...a good yarn'" * Independent on Sunday * "An irresistible follow-up to acclaimed THE GRENADILLO BOX: 'Colourful and wildly entertaining...A wonderful read'" * Guardian * "'As attractively crafted as the box itself'" * Independent on Sunday * "'A delicious five-course banquet: a murder mystery is succeeded by an abandoned infant weepie, a love story, a social history and, finally, a richly flavoured, full-bodied, 18th-century whodunnit...You'll be kept guessing right up until the last page in this splendid novel'" * Harpers & Queen * "'A compulsive page-turner which will appeal especially to anyone who was spellbound by Charles Palliser's The Quincunx'" * Daily Mail *