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Death and the Harlot

'It's strange, the way fortune deals her hand.'

The year is 1759 and London is shrouded in a cloak of fear. Lizzie Hardwicke makes her living as a prostitute, somewhat protected from the fray as one of Ma Farley's girls. But then one of her wealthy customers is found brutally murdered ... and Lizzie was the last person to see him alive. 

Published by Canelo on 13 May 2019

Available on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Play and Kobo

For early review comments - see below.

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Praise for Death and the Harlot

As a debut work, this is one of the best books I have read so far this year! All the smells and sights of London portrayed in all its sad glory. Marvellous.

Daphne S., NetGalley Reviewer. Five stars.

A truly gripping story that is full of historical atmosphere and a devilish plot ... full of pace from beginning to end. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Peter Donnelly, The Reading Desk (blog)

Lizzie Hardwicke is razor sharp and brilliantly original. I couldn't put it down.

Georgina Clarke has a hit on her hands. She has created compelling, relatable characters that I was truly invested in. Highly recommend.

Joe Heap, The Rules of Seeing

Jen L., NetGalley Reviewer. Five stars.

Wow, I wasn't expecting this to be as gripping and as brilliant as it was! A brilliant debut novel.

Helen Leecy, (blog)

Excellent book. I stayed up till 3.30 in the morning to finish this. I could not put it down. I'm hoping this is the beginning of a series because I'm completely on board.

Sarah D., NetGalley Reviewer. Five stars.

Fast paced page turner!  Lizzie is the type of heroine that you can't help fall in love with. Her wit combined with a touch of sass has you rooting for her with each chapter.

Kristina S., NetGalley Reviewer. Five stars.

I absolutely loved this book! Lizzie is not your usual heroine, but she's smart, quick and I thought she was fabulous. The scenes are detailed, rich and leap off the page.

Rebecca B., NetGalley Reviewer. Five stars.

This novel is a refreshing add to the historical mystery genre. Atmospheric and full of authentic details about (the oft-neglected but wonderfully complex) eighteenth-century London, Clarke’s debut is told from the perspective of a young woman who looks unflinchingly at her world—with all its depravity and discord—in order to carve out a situation that allows her to retain her humanity, her humor, and her own particular brand of honor. Brava to this new, engaging voice and her strong woman protagonist!

Karen Odden, A Lady in the Smoke

Lizzie Hardwicke is a terrific, refreshing heroine and a wonderful addition to the growing list of woman detectives in historical fiction. I look forward to reading more in the series.

All About R., NetGalley Reviewer. Five stars

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The Corpse Played Dead

Lizzie takes on an undercover assignment for the magistrate, Mr Fielding, trading Ma Farley's bawdy house in Soho for the theatre on Drury Lane. Here she finds that the drama happens as much off the stage as on it. 

When one of the theatre's wealthy patrons is found brutally murdered on the stage, Lizzie is thrown together with the magistrate's investigator, William Davenport to hunt for the killer. The suspect list rivals any casting call, and Lizzie must use every trick up her sleeves to bring the culprit into the spotlight.

Published by Canelo on 19 August 2019

See below for early praise for The Corpse Played Dead

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Early praise for The Corpse Played Dead

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The throbbing atmosphere and landscape of historical London are superbly depicted and vividly brought to life.

Peter Donnelly, The Reading Desk (blog)

Lizzie is wonderfully entertaining and complex character, and I hope she will have many more adventures ahead of her ... I'll be reading!

Robin, NetGalley Reviewer, Five Stars

Lizzie Hardwicke is really pushing her way to the top of my favorite characters list. 

Aleen, Lampshade Reader (blog)

Just as the first book, this second instalment of the harlot Lizzie Hardwicke was brilliantly written. It wasn't stuffy or unintelligible … I love this; it is fiction but incorporates real-life historical events and people.

Helen L., NetGalley reviewer. Five Stars

I loved this book. I loved it so much that I immediately bought the first one and read it. The series is now firmly on my auto-buy list. Lizzie Hardwicke shines with vitality, intelligence and courage.

Pam R., NetGalley Reviewer. Five Stars

This is one of the best books I've read in ages. The author's characterization is brilliant. Lizzie is an absolute star and the ending was perfect. I loved this and will be recommending it to everyone. 

Rebecca B., NetGalley Reviewer. Five Stars

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