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It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
Penguin Publishing Group
Sue Trinder, an orphan raised in a household of thieves, agrees to participate in a scheme cooked up by her mother and a scoundrel known as the Gentleman to cheat naive country gentlewoman Maud Lilly out of her fortune, but everything starts to go wrong when Sue finds herself falling in love with Maud, who, if things go as planned, is headed for an insane asylum.