by Alex Hay
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Pub Date 04 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 27 Jul 2023
Harlequin Trade Publishing, Graydon House
Named a Best Book of Summer by The Washington Post * Good Housekeeping * Harper's Bazaar * Reader's Digest
“Rollicking fun and entirely original... Anyone who relishes a good party gone wrong will devour this.”
—Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary
Mrs. King is no ordinary housekeeper. Born into a world of con artists and thieves, she’s made herself respectable, running the grandest home in Mayfair. The place is packed with treasures, a glittering symbol of wealth and power, but dark secrets lurk in the shadows.
When Mrs. King is suddenly dismissed from her position, she recruits an eclectic group of women to join her in revenge: A black market queen out to settle her scores. An actress desperate for a magnificent part. A seamstress dreaming of a better life. And Mrs. King’s predecessor, with her own desire for vengeance.
Their plan? On the night of the house’s highly anticipated costume ball—set to be the most illustrious of the year—they will rob it of its every possession, right under the noses of the distinguished guests and their elusive heiress host. But there’s one thing Mrs. King wants even more than money: the truth. And she’ll run any risk to get it…
After all, one should never underestimate the women downstairs.
“A deliciously clever novel... You’ll never have so much fun cheering on grand larceny.”
—Nina de Gramont, New York Times bestselling author of The Christie Affair, a Reese’s Book Club Pick
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Average rating from 151 members
This was a fabulously fun caper, but with much more to the story than meets the eye. I loved the twists and turns, the quirky characters, and the vivid descriptions. This was like reading a movie and I loved it.
What a fun book! Mix up Downton Abbey, the Artful Dodger's gang, and Oceans 8 for an intricately plotted heist book! For various reasons, a group of housekeepers plan a caper to completely empty a huge house during a ball, and all the machinations that go into the plan are detailed in the book. I loved all the housekeepers and enjoyed their backstories (I think my favorites were Jane 1 and Jane 2). The novel kept me turning pages to see what obstacles would come in the way and whether they'd pull it off. I hope the Housekeepers have another caper in mind (and this would also make a great movie!)