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  • Published: 27 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405954938
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 334
  • RRP: $26.00

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

Bridgerton meets Peaky Blinders in this fantastical TikTok sensation




Bridgerton meets Peaky Blinders in the first book in The Dangerous Damsels series - an enemies-to-lovers romance with a fantastical twist . . .

Cecilia Bassingwaite belongs to the prestigious Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels.

Yet this is no ordinary society - as it's full of pirates, thieves and ne'er-do-wells.

These women spend their days pickpocketing and blackmailing all before tea time.

But when Cecilia meets Ned Lightingbourne her world is set to change.

Because he's an assassin and she's his next hit.

Under the employment of Captain Movath Ned knows he has one job to do.

But when he lays eyes on the feisty, beautiful Cecilia he's faced with a conundrum: does he kill her or fall in love with her?

  • Published: 27 June 2022
  • ISBN: 9781405954938
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 334
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

India Holton

India Holton lives in New Zealand, where she’s enjoyed the typical Kiwi lifestyle of wandering around forests, living barefoot on islands, and messing about in boats. Now she lives in a cottage near the sea, writing books about uppity women and charming rogues, and drinking too much tea.

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Praise for The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

As much fun as the English language will permit

New York Times Book Review

Melds the Victorian wit of Sherlock Holmes with the brash adventuring of Indiana Jones . . . A sprightly feminist tale that offers everything from an atmospheric Gothic abbey to secret societies

Entertainment Weekly

A joyride of a debut . . . As if The Parasol Protectorate series met The Princess Bride and a corseted Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Kirkus Reviews

With secret identities, secret doors, and secret histories to spare, this high-octane layer-cake of escapism hits the spot

Publishers Weekly

If books are truly a portable magic, then The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels is a satchel full of powerful spells and glittering fairy dust

Lynn Painter, author of Mr Wrong Number

The most delightfully bonkers historical fantasy romance of 2021! I enjoyed every absorbing moment

Jen DeLuca, author of Well Played

The most charming, clever, and laugh-out-loud funny book I've read all year . . . India Holton's utterly delightful debut is pure joy from start to finish

Martha Waters, author of To Have and to Hoax

India's debut is charming, clever, action-packed, with masterful bantering-while-dueling choreography: it reminds me of The Princess Bride, except swoonier and more fantastical. It's an instant beloved favorite. - Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other

Sarah Hogle (Author)

The perfect diversion for a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea. What fun!

Manda Collins, author of A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

Magnificent in every sense. India Holton's writing is gorgeous and lyrical, her dialogue clever and witty, and her characters loveable and unforgettable

Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, author of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

A tongue-in-cheek swashbuckling adventure

Library Journal

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