The Hourglass Factory: A Novel

The Hourglass Factory: A Novel

by Lucy Ribchester


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Amid the drama of the suffragette movement in Victorian London, the disappearance of a famous trapeze artist in the middle of her act leads a young Fleet Street reporter to a bizarre secret society of circus freaks, fetishists and society columnists.
London, 1912.
The suffragette movement is reaching a fever pitch, and Inspector Frederick Primrose is hunting a murderer on his beat. Across town, Fleet Street reporter Frances “Frankie” George is chasing an interview with trapeze artist Ebony Diamond. Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly-laced acrobat and follows her to a Kensington corset shop that seems to be hiding secrets of its own. When Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, Frankie and Primrose are both drawn into the shadowy world of a secret society with ties to both London's criminal underworld and its glittering socialites.
How did Ebony vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory? From newsrooms to the drawing rooms of high society, the investigation leads Frankie and Primrose to a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605989686
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Lucy Ribchester was the winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award 2013. Her travel writing has appeared in The Guardian and Scotland in Trust magazines and her short stories have been published by, among others, Vintage Script, Ether, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Lucy lives in Edinburgh.

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The Hourglass Factory: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever mystery! It does start a little slow with background information, but hang on it has a quicker finish. The mystery includes a reporter, suffragettes, corset wearers, a vanishing trapeze artist, bombs, smart policemen, dumb policemen, an insane asylum, force feeding, murder, loyalty, friendship, poverty, and more. Definately deserves an A+