Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger for Historical Crime Fiction
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize & the Orange Prize
Synopsis: Orphaned shortly after birth, Susan Trinder grows up amongst thieves and swindlers in 19th century London. During a stormy night the conman Gentleman makes Sue an offer she cannot refuse. She is to pretend to be a maid and befriend Lady Lilly Maud, heiress to a great fortune. Gentleman takes the place of Miss Maud’s teacher and will ask her hand in marriage so the money will be his.