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  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405920131
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

The Honey and the Sting

An exquisite historical thriller from the author of the electrifying The Poison Bed

Three sisters.
Three secrets.
Three ways to fall . . .

Forcibly seduced by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham and King's favourite, doctor's daughter Hester was cast aside to raise her illegitimate son, Rafe, alone and in secret. She hopes never to see his father again.

Melis's visions cause disquiet and talk. She sees what others can't - and what has yet to be. She'd be denounced as a witch if Hester wasn't so carefully protective.

Young Hope's beauty marks her out, drawing unwelcome attention to the family. Yet she cannot always resist others' advances. And her sisters cannot always be on their guard.

So when the powerful Duke decides to claim his son against Hester's wishes, the sisters find themselves almost friendless and at his mercy. But are their secrets their undoing or their salvation?

Because in the right hands a secret is the deadliest weapon of all . . .

  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405920131
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for The Honey and the Sting

A powerful reimagining of the most dramatic murder of Stuart England. Wonderfully inventive and darkly satisfying, this story of three sisters resonates with myth

Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The Ashes of London

A lush, thrilling page-turner humming with its own exquisite dark beauty. I loved it!

Eve Chase, author of The Glass House

Gripping and page-turning. Propels a trio of vivid women towards their complex destinies, while making their world as fresh and immediate as our own. Hugely enjoyable

V.B. Grey, author of Tell Me How It Ends

Fremantle builds the tension with delicious skill in this page-turning thriller. She is excellent on the precariousness of life for history's powerless women


A pacey plot, tension, and occasional flirts with the supernatural make this historical fiction engaging . . . It leaves you wanting more of Melis, who has eerie and often accurate visions of the future

Sunday Post

We follow three sisters in a maze of twists and turns in 1628 England. Grabs your attention


Pacey, immersive, and beautifully written. Takes women at the margins of history and makes us care about their stories

Sarah Vaughn, bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal

One of Britain's foremost writers of historical fiction . . . a masterful Hitchcockian thriller

Aspects of History

A tense, pacey cat-and-mouse game set against a rich historical background


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