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Published: 28/03/2024
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From the debauchery of Bartholomew Fair to the grandest estates in Georgian London, this page-turning slice of period crime from the author of Daughters of Night follows a fortune telling lady on a perilous quest to discover the truth about her late mother.

Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2024

This is your story, Red. You must tell it well.

A girl known only as Red, the daughter of a Cornish fortune-teller, travels with her father making a living predicting fortunes using the ancient method: the Square of Sevens. When her father suddenly dies, Red becomes the ward of a gentleman scholar.

Now raised as a lady amidst the Georgian splendour of Bath, her fortune-telling is a delight to high society. But she cannot ignore the questions that gnaw at her soul: who was her mother? How did she die? And who are the mysterious enemies her father was always terrified would find him?

The pursuit of these mysteries takes her from Cornwall and Bath to London and Devon, from the rough ribaldry of the Bartholomew Fair to the grand houses of two of the most powerful families in England. And while Red's quest brings her the possibility of great reward, it also leads her into grave danger.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529053708
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 35 mm


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[A] wonderfully inventive novel set in 18th-century England. As the heroine and narrator Red seeks the truth about her origins and possible connection to the wealthy De Lacy family, the reader’s expectations are constantly confounded with one twist in her tale after another - The Times and Sunday TImes, Best Historical Fiction of 2023

This rich, complex and haunting Dickensian epic is a triumph of the Gothic genre . . . a masterpiece - Janice Hallett, betselling author of The Appeal

A sweeping Dickensian tour de force of a novel . . . cementing the author’s place as the queen of modern Georgian literature - Susan Stokes-Chapman, bestselling author of Pandora

A sprawling, exquisite, outright triumph . . . I doubt I’ll read a better book this year - Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin At the End

With its twists and turns and revelations of those lies that bind and truths that rend asunder, this story is a deep pleasure to read - Sunday Times

This is an intricately plotted, epic book that delivers twist after twist in its 560 pages. A big, satisfying and clever read - The Times

A big, complex mystery: rich in memorable, scheming characters and vivid historical detail, full of daring twists. I was so immersed in its world. I didn't want it to end - S. J. Parris, bestselling author of the Giordano Bruno series

This is a fabulously evocative novel, with a heroine who proves the most wonderful company, and a finely spun mystery which keeps you turning the pages. The Square of Sevens invites you into a magical world which you won't want to leave - Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den trilogy

A fabulous historical novel that races along like a galloping pony - Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The Shadows of London

In The Square of Sevens, Laura Shepherd-Robinson excels at recreating the past - in this case, Georgian England - in an authentic way. She invites us to join fortune teller Red on an epic journey to unravel the secrets of her past and we cannot rest until we have answers. Dazzling - Fiona Cummins, bestselling author of When I Was Ten

What a magnificent rollercoaster ride of a book . . . I am in awe - James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series

This is a book to relish, not rush through. Rich in historical detail, it’s immersive, authoritative and Dickensian in scope. Fundamentally though it’s a damn good story, brilliantly told. I loved it - Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is one of the most intriguing books I have ever read - Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Strange Sally Diamond

Suspenseful and intricately planned, The Square of Sevens is a work where every page seems to hold the promise of a new thrilling secret. More than a mystery, it is a book that radiates a deep love of storytelling and the magic of a well-told tale - Katherine Chen, author of Joan

Laura Shepherd-Robinson is riding high in the historical crime stakes; this is a sprawling epic novel set in Georgian high society, with its lively fortune-telling heroine Red unearthing her own lethal legacy - Financial Times

The Square of Sevens shows a novelist approaching the peak of her powers. It's ingeniously plotted, panoramic and deeply satisfying. . . filled with period colour, clever twists and turns, and the best set of characters this side of Dickens. It will keep you guessing until the final pages - Daily Express

This has all the charm and intricate plotting that we expect from Laura’s books – it is exquisitely, meticulously plotted and you’ll want to curl up and absorb it all in as few readings as possible. For me, it’s reminiscent of Sarah Waters – praise that is richly deserved - Belfast Telegraph

[A] clever story...its characters flit between London's slums and palatial estates where misdirection and conspiracies abound - Washington Post

Waterstones Ayr Book Group

Waterstones Ayr Book Group

Ayr
Wednesday 25th September 19:00

As we break for summer our book group look for a longer, immersive read to see us over the holiday period. This summer we will be reading 'The Square Of Sevens' , a thrilling historical romp!

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“A dark and fascinating story..”

Set in Georgian times, Red, the daughter of a fortune teller, travels with her father paying their way by telling peoples’ fortunes using the ancient method of Square of Sevens.

Fortune smiles on Red when she enters... More

Hardback edition
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“Absolutely brilliant!”

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really really enjoyed this! It had such an old-time feel to it. It is very dickensian which is right up my street.... More

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“Sublime and Twisty”

5* The Square of Sevens is Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s third book and is a perfect historical mystery. Her previous books were hugely enjoyable but The Square of Sevens is a step into brilliance.

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