The compelling, gorgeously atmospheric tale of love, betrayal and innocence, inspired by the incredible true story of female convicts
'Beautifully written, an epic sea voyage with an intriguing murder mystery . . . an unputdownable read' KATIE FFORDE
'I was thoroughly entranced by the story, and the great murder mystery kept me guessing throughout. A real joy to read' 5***** Reader Review
'A gorgeous and compelling story with vibrant characters . . . I was fascinated' RACHEL HORE
Kezia Hayter knows these women aren't dangerous.
One hundred and eighty petty convicts, all sentenced to transportation to Australia.
On board the Rajah, Kezia makes it her duty to redeem them, enlisting a select few to create an intricate quilt. With each stitch, they are tied closer together.
But when one woman is murdered, Kezia's work is threatened. She maintains faith in their innocence, even when the men leading the investigation do not.
But if she can't find the killer, how can Kezia save them?
Based on a real-life voyage, Dangerous Women is a sweeping tale of confinement, hope and the terrible things we do to survive.
'An intriguing murder-mystery, skilfully written and bursting with colour and life' Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane
'Dazzling. 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
'A fabulous, page-turning novel that kept me gripped. It's impossible not to become engaged with these women' Jane Harris, author of The Observations
'This is a locked room mystery to end all locked room mysteries!' Sophie Bennett, author of The Windsor Knot
Readers are entranced by Dangerous Women:
'I thoroughly enjoyed this clever, poignant tale of embroidery and murder on the high seas' 5***** Reader Review
'A wonderfully inspiring read, full of compassion and friendship. Full of the social history of the time, I enjoyed this book immensely' 5***** Reader Review
'A fascinating book about a group of women determined to survive' 5***** Reader Review
'I sat down and read Dangerous Women in one go. I don't think I could have put it down if the house was on fire!' 5***** Reader Review
'I have fallen in love with this story! I loved how all the women felt real and all their faults. A GEM of a book' 5***** Reader Review
Beautifully written, Hope Adams has woven together an epic sea voyage with an intriguing murder mystery to make an unputdownable read
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
An intriguing murder-mystery, skilfully written and bursting with colour and life
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hope Adams has skilfully patched a murder mystery into a historical event . . . Masterful plotting, well-drawn characters, and a plausible balance of despair for what was left behind and optimism for what lies ahead add up to an immensely satisfying read
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