Amen Corner, London, 1864.
Orphan Sarah O'Reilly disguises herself as a boy so she can work in the offices of London's daily newspaper. She is soon befriended by Lily Korechnya, a wealthy widow and journalist. When Lily is enlisted to catalogue a wealthy socialite's magnificent jewel collection, she is intrigued by a fiery red diamond said to exert an unsettling influence over anyone who touches it.
Then two gruesome murders take place and Lily and Sarah set about uncovering the secrets of the ninth stone...
First published as The Ninth Stone, The Secret of the Ninth Stone has been revised and updated by the author.
Head of Zeus * Historical Fiction
01 Jan 2018 * 327pp * £4.49 * 9781788542272
'Grisly murders in foggy London contrast with colourful India in this suspenseful tale'
'A very entertaining romp through a world of muckraking journalism, child labour and deadly cults'
Kylie Fitzpatrick was born in Denmark and grew up in England, America and Australia. She has worked as a researcher and script editor and now teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University. She is the author of The Silver Thread, Tapestry and The Secret of the Ninth Stone, and has been published in eleven languages.