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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 04/03/2021
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A stunning tale of female bonds, murder and revenge on a Victorian convict ship to Australia, Dangerous Women is a deliciously dark and gripping debut from an exciting new voice in historical crime.

The compelling, gorgeously atmospheric tale of female friendship, redemption and betrayal, inspired by the incredible true story of female convicts at sea.

London, 1841.

The Rajah sails for Australia.

On board are 180 women convicted of petty crimes, sentenced to start a new life half way across the world.

Daughters, sisters, mothers - they'll never see home or family again. Despised and damned, all they have now is each other.

Until the murder.

As the fearful hunt for a killer begins, everyone on board is a suspect.

The investigation risks tearing their friendships apart . . .

But if the killer isn't found, could it cost them their last chance of freedom?

Based on a real-life voyage, Dangerous Women is a sweeping tale of confinement, hope and the terrible things we do to survive.




Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241411407
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Beautifully written, Hope Adams has woven together an epic sea voyage with an intriguing murder mystery to make an unputdownable read.' - Katie Fforde

'A gorgeous and compelling story with vibrant characters. I was fascinated by the novel's inspiration and the real life story of the Rajah Quilt.' - Rachel Hore

'An intriguing murder-mystery, skilfully written and bursting with colour and life.' - Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane

'A fabulous book with a fascinating premise. A murder mystery drives the story, but it's the characters who keep you entranced as, in the confined space of a long sea voyage, these feisty inventive women negotiate each other and their new world. I loved it.' - Dinah Jefferies

'A fascinating prose patchwork of the women's lives, stitched together by a twisting murder mystery. Engrossing and deeply satisfying - over the course of the journey we learn about the desperate lives of these women, many guilty only of petty crimes.' - The Times

'I so enjoyed this. It evokes an era when justice was cruel, but also how the creation of something like a quilt gave hope and substance to existence. A terrific read.' - Elizabeth Buchan

'Dazzling. Adams takes the fascination history of a convict ship and brings it to life in a captivating story filled with intrigue and dark secrets. An immensely satisfying tale of guilt, innocent and second chances.' - Emma Rous, author of The Au Pair

'Well-written, engaging and thoroughly compelling. I love it when forgotten histories are brought to light, and touch the reader so that they immediately want to know more.' - Elizabeth Chadwick

'A gripping exploration of female solidarity in a time of crisis and claustrophobia. Hope Adams sets the grubby injustices of a misogynistic legal system against the beauty of creating a work of art and, through that art, stitching together an unlikely community.' - Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman

'A fabulous, page-turning novel that kept me gripped. Bringing together murder, convicts and patchwork quilting - all aboard a ship bound for Australia - it's impossible not to become engaged with these women and their individual plights - especially once everyone becomes a suspect.' - Jane Harris, author of The Observations

'A ship of convict women - all with their secrets - on the way to a new life in a new land, but facing danger all the way - this is a locked room mystery to end all locked room mysteries!' - Sophia Bennett, author of The Windsor Knot

'A fine story of suspense, sisterhood and society, reflecting the harshness of women's lives and their desperation to survive in a world that has scant regard for their wellbeing.' - Daily Mail

'A page-turning murder mystery and a richly-drawn tale of women caught up in a male-dominated world, hoping for a better life. Descriptions of the poorer class of women in Victorian England are moving and evocative, the period details terrifically well-researched. I felt I was on that transport ship with those women, facing the storms and living their joys and sorrows.' - Carol Drinkwater

'Combines historical fiction with tremendously gripping entertainment. Who on a ship of convicted women sailing from London to Tasmania is a murderer?' - Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule

'A must-read for lovers of fearless historical fiction, and an examination of the shocking treatment of women in our not-too distant past.' - Alma Katsu, author of The Deep

'Nerves fray, alliances form, and love blooms in this fast paced, well-written novel. This is a great page-turner!' - Mystery and Suspense Magazine

'A historical episode artfully adapted in a tale that offers glimmers of hope for women discarded by society.' - Kirkus

'Wonderful, evocative, moving and suspenseful.' - Marika Cobbold, author of On Hampstead Heath

'A vivid, cleverly-crafted mystery that will keep the reader turning the pages.' - Erica James, bestselling author of Letters from the Past

'Transforms an actual 19th-century sea voyage of female convicts into a striking drama. The ship's young matron chooses a group to sew a presentation quilt, but near their destination, someone stabs one of the quilters. Evocative sketches of those on board reveal the realities of poor women's lives - readers will be rewarded.' - Publisher's Weekly

'Dangerous Women is a successful blend of two genres: a historical novel, inspired by real events, and a murder mystery with a great twist at the end. By the time I was halfway through I was completely gripped, and couldn't put it down.' - Wendy Cope

'An enthralling narrative . . . lays bare the painful lives of these women, far from their homes and loved ones, and feeling the brutal weight of the law.' - Northern Life Magazine

'This atmospheric narrative excels in its depiction of the relationship between female prisoners - largely petty criminals - and the tragic backstories that have brought them together.' - Mail on Sunday

'A very fine novel - and, like the quilt it celebrates, a work of love.' -  Mick Herron

'Utterly compelling and as finely wrought as the patchwork quilt that inspired the story.' - Minette Walters, author of the bestselling The Last Hours

'Fascinating. Gives women without one a voice - a storming read.' -  Helena Pielichaty

'A compelling, immersive book that deftly weaves its beauty and pathos. I'm still thinking about it.' - Hilary McKay

'An enthralling story, inspired by true events.' - Best

'A secret murder on a convict ship transporting women to Australia in 1841 . . . this is an intriguing story, with its root embedded in facts.' -  Andrew Taylor

'Intriguing . . . [Hope Adams] can stitch a great story.' - Jewish Chronicle

'In vivid detail, Hope Adams illuminates life in convict quarters on a stinking, storm-soaked ship, and delves into the lives of individual women and the small tragedies that have condemned them to be sent far away, with little hope of return.' - Jewish Chronicle

'A well-paced page-turner illuminating a forgotten story that reminds us how far we have come.' - Jewish Chronicle

'Pulls you into the heart of its story, while celebrating redemption, rehabilitation and the good in people. All set to the backdrop of a truly fascinating slice of history.' - Phase Eight Book Club

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“A perfect blend of facts and fiction.”

In 1841, the ship called The Rajah sails for Australia, aboard 180 women convicted for a series of petty crimes. These women start the voyage knowing that they will never be able to see their loved ones again. Their... More

Hardback edition
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“Intrigue on the high seas”

In recent years I’ve gravitated to reading more books by women authors which brings with it more female protagonists. Sometimes it feels as though the effort to highlight women’s stories from the past and create... More

Hardback edition
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“Fascinating read”

This was a brilliant story, based on an historical source, of the journey of 200 women prisoners, deported to Van Diemens Land ( Tasmania), for minor infringements, mainly relating to survival. The concept of making a... More

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