1912 and London is in turmoil…
The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.
Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks. How did Ebony Diamond vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory?
From the newsrooms of Fleet Street to the drawing rooms of high society, the missing Ebony Diamond leads Frankie to the trail of a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined…
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and I think that is what drew me to The Hourglass Factory to begin with. What I didn’t expect was to be fully immersed into a post-Victorian London and wanting to fight alongside the suffragettes; to become an investigative journalist and even an acrobat.
Ribchester’s story is engaging, powerful and intriguing. She leaves you with the “just one more chapter” feeling and this story will have you hooked long after you know you should have put the book down and got on with real life.
Ribchester’s protagonist, Frankie George, is both compelling and sassy along with being frustrating at times as she is determined to be independent. Her secondary characters are well thought out and plotted succinctly. Ribchester leaves you with no gaps or questions. Equally the mystery that she has her characters solving is meticulous and does leave you feeling shocked. What more could you want from a story?
One thing is for certain, this is historical fiction at its very best.
The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester is available now.
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