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  • Published: 19 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448138593
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 992

Bella Wallis

A Victorian Mystery Quartet



Mischievous, pin-sharp Victorian mysteries, gathered in together in one gorgeous volume.

Bella Wallis is a glamorous widow with a secret identity: in an office buried deep within the dodgy backstreets of Victorian London, she writes sensationalist novels exposing the scoundrels that litter high society under the pen name Henry Ellis Margam. With dodgy deals, scheming aristocrats and stolen kisses behind closed doors, prize-winning author Brian Thompson conjures up an irresistible quartet filled top to toe with seedy Dickensian glamour.

We start with The Widow's Secret, an effervescent romp to Paris on the trail of the owner of a mysterious cigar case; then The Sailor's Ransom, a tale of pearls and swine, set on the Cornish coast and the high seas; and The Player's Curse, where kidnap, cricket and cross-dressing coincide in a riotous mystery. We end with the previously unpublished The Whole Story, in which Bella is caught up in an anarchist bomb attack at her favourite restaurant, Fracatelli's on the Strand... and only just survives to tell the tale.

  • Published: 19 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448138593
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 992

About the author

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson was born in London in 1935 and now lives in Oxford. He has written three volumes of memoir: Keeping Mum (2006), winner of the Costa Prize for Biography and the PEN/Ackerley Prize, Clever Girl (2007), longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and A Corner of Paradise (2013). He is also the author of the Bella Wallis mystery series, also published by Chatto.

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Praise for Bella Wallis

Doesn’t this collection sound absolutely perfect for curling up on those long winter evenings, getting lost in a cosy crime story or four?

Reading Matters

A lively, entertaining historical romp with a conscience, this is a well-plotted series with an engaging heroine, which blends vintage-style detective fiction with fast-paced modern storytelling

Good Book Guide

A lively, entertaining historical romp with a conscience, this is a well-plotted series with an engaging heroine, which blends vintage-style detective fiction with fast-paced modern storytelling

Good Book Guide

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