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Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge


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For readers of Sarah Penner and Stuart Turton comes a historical mystery about a young woman in Victorian London who will stop at nothing to avenge her sister after her suspicious death aboard an Arctic exploration ship.

An Arctic expedition. A mysterious death. And the lengths to which one woman will go to avenge her sister.

When Maude Horton receives a letter from the British Admiralty informing her of her younger sister’s death, her world is shattered. Bold and daring, Constance had run away from her life in Victorian London two years prior, disguising herself as a boy to board the Makepeace, an expedition vessel bound for the Arctic’s unexplored Northwest Passage. The admiralty claims Constance’s death was a tragic accident, but Maude knows when she is being deceived.

Armed with Constance’s diary from her time at sea and a fiery desire for justice, Maude sets her sights on the Makepeace’s former scientist, Edison Stowe, a greedy and manipulative man who she suspects had a hand in her sister’s death. When she learns he has a new venture, a travel company that escorts spectators across the country to witness popular public hangings, Maude decides to join the latest tour, determined to extract the truth from Stowe and avenge her sister—no matter the risk to herself.

From the stark beauty of the Arctic to the teeming streets of Victorian London, Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge is a mysterious, transporting tale about the unbreakable bond of sisterhood and the things we are driven to do by both love and greed.

About The Author

Magdalena Smolarska

Lizzie Pook is a London-based travel writer and journalist whose work has taken her to some of the farthest-flung parts of the planet, from the trans-Himalayas—in search of elusive snow leopards—to the vast, uninhabited east coast of Greenland. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times (London), Lonely Planet, and Condé Nast Traveler. Lizzie is the author of Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge and Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter. Visit her at or connect with her on Twitter @LizziePook.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 16, 2024)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982181994

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Raves and Reviews

“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Club and People Like Her

“[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 twenty-four hours."
EMILIA HART, New York Times bestselling author of Weyward

“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, internationally bestselling author of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

“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, internationally bestselling author of Breathless

“A triumph of a novel seeped with intrigue and excitement, married with spellbinding plotting and darkly expressive language that hints at Dickens yet is undeniably the author’s own, this is Victorian gothic at its very, very best. I was hooked from the first page!”
SUSAN STOKES-CHAPMAN, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Pandora

“Thrilling, heartfelt, and utterly compulsive . . . a gripping adventure story and an intelligent, richly textured portrait of a moment in history. . . . This is a glorious creation indeed—I loved it.”
EMMA STONEX, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lamplighters

“Captivating . . . Lizzie Pook is back with another historical thriller centered around a bold heroine and memorable settings, and she doesn’t disappoint. I loved this story of two sisters, a heartbreaking mystery, and a life-or-death quest.”
CHARMAINE WILKERSON, New York Times bestselling author of Black Cake

“Atmospheric and compelling . . . a vivid portrait of cutthroat London life and the unshakeable bonds of sisterhood. This story will keep you turning pages deep into the night, for as Maude starts to unravel the real story of what happened to her sister, we wonder: will it claim her too?”
MARGARET DeROSIA, bestselling author of Eight Strings

“A lush murder mystery set in nineteenth-century London . . . The story of one sister’s love and determination to avenge her sister’s death is an unforgettable, atmospheric thrill ride. Lizzie Pook is a master of suspense.”
ADRIANA TRIGIANI, bestselling author of The Good Left Undone

“A delicious slice of gothic Victoriana—sumptuously written and packed with ice, bones, and bodies.”
FREYA BERRY, author of The Birdcage Library and The Dictator’s Wife

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