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
Adams's debut transforms an actual 19th-century sea voyage into a striking personal drama. In April 1841, a transport ship sets sail from London with 180 women convicted of minor crimes aboard. During the three-month voyage to the penal colony in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), the ship's matron, Kezia Hayter, chooses a group of convicts to sew a presentation quilt. Near their destination, someone stabs one of the quilters, Hattie Matthews, and it becomes clear that another member of the group has secretly stolen the place of another woman on the ship in order to flee from justice for a much more serious crime. Evocative sketches of those on board reveal the realities of poor women's lives with a gently feminist, but still comfortably period, aesthetic, as do the difficulties that Kezia has in having her insights respected by the men investigating Hattie's stabbing. The romance that develops between Kezia and the ship's captain comes off as blandly inevitable, but the undercurrent of gossip around the relationships the other women pursue is much juicier. Readers who like their historical mysteries well-grounded in real history will be rewarded.