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The Housekeepers

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6th July 2023

Price: £9.99

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472299369

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A daring group of women risk it all in this irresistible heist drama.

‘Delightfully mischievous’ THE TIMES
‘A rip-roaring tale of revenge’ DAILY MAIL
‘Flawless, lawless fun’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE



All eyes are on the grandest house in Mayfair as the countdown to their lavish summer ball begins. Everything must be perfect. But with the chandeliers gleaming and the cellars stocked, loyal housekeeper Mrs King is suddenly dismissed.


As the clock strikes twelve on the night of the ball, Mrs King will return to strip the house of its riches – right under the nose of her former employer.

And she knows just who to recruit to pull off the impossible: a bold alliance of women with nothing left to lose and every reason for revenge.


‘Trust me, this one’s a must-have for your summer holiday’
‘This WILL be in my top reads this year. I loved every page ‘
‘Reading should be like this, pure pleasure’
‘Clever, smart, fast-paced with a dash of wry humour’



‘Imagine Ocean’s 8 had an illegitimate baby with Fingersmith – a big fat diamond of a book’ Erin Kelly

‘A glamorous historical heist’ Prima

‘Kept me hooked ’til the last page’ Jennifer Saint

‘Hay’s ambitious debut combines a memorable ensemble cast with a panoramic portrait of Victorian London’ Mail on Sunday

‘Meet the most likeable group of criminals since Robin Hood’s merry men’ Nina de Gramont

‘A page-turning delight’ Red

‘Hell hath no fury like a housekeeper scorned . . . this novel is unputdownable’ House Beautiful


Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Punch-the-air good, this is the Edwardian heist novel you never knew you needed. Flawless, lawless fun
Jennifer Saint
A glamorous historical heist novel that kept me hooked 'til the last page. The strong, determined and memorable female characters pull you into their web of intrigue
Emma Stonex
Vivid characterisation, irresistible historical detail and a rip-roaring plot... delivers on every page. Sensational!
Erin Kelly
Imagine Ocean's 8 had an illegitimate baby with Fingersmith - a big fat diamond of a book, sharp and shiny, joyful and generous
Nina de Gramont
A deliciously clever novel that will place you in the finest homes and meanest streets of 1905 London. Prepare to grow hungrier for justice with every page you turn
Claire North
A rollicking romp of a book, tinged with fury, sadness and mischievous delight
Sarah Penner
Entirely original: an upstairs-downstairs premise set in Edwardian London, but with an Ocean's Eleven-like heist at its core... anyone who relishes a good party gone wrong will devour this
Bobby Palmer
I cannot tell you how much fun you'll have with this book
Chikodili Emelumadu
I'll miss these resourceful, cunning ladies, the strength of their sisterhood (both literal and figurative) and their collective pursuit of freedom. I badly needed them to win and cheered myself hoarse by the end
Stephanie Butland
I love everything about Alex Hay's novel... not only is The Housekeepers a rollicking good read, it's also a reminder to the powerful to ignore the downtrodden at their peril. Bravo
The Times
This twisty heist caper is a delightfully mischievous debut
Downton meets Ocean's 8
A page-turning delight from beginning to end
i Paper
Tremendously fun
A brilliantly entertaining tale of revenge, with fabulous characters - this is a riotous underworld adventure
Good Housekeeping
This Edwardian heist story is such a fun read!
Washington Post
Hay brings a lively tempo and an elegant wit to this zippy thriller that is also a social commentary on the plight of the powerless
This is the perfect holiday read
Wildly entertaining . . . an irresistible, deliciously audacious premise