Stories swirl from an ancient inn on the Thames, for this is what the Swan attracts, storytellers. Normally bursting with voices, The Swan goes dead silent, when a half-frozen stranger carrying a young girl enters. Although the girl is pronounced dead, this waif mysteriously revives, leaving the storytellers speechless. In time, plenty of stories surface to explain what the patrons witnessed. For those who love the flow of language, warm and unique characters and an undeniably intricate plot, this Setterfield treasure awaits your discovery!
Whew! What a ride! Allow me a moment to loosen my bodice that I may think more clearly... there we are! This is a gothic, neo-Victorian, deeply Dickensian mystery with gut-punching twists. Sue was raised in a house of thieves in the Burroughs of London where she is scooped up into a plot to swindle a naive heiress out of her fortune. Would that it were so simple. This book has it all: Drama, deceit, history, mad houses, eccentric villains, lesbian romance, all the good stuff.