Queens of London A novel

Heather Webb, 1976 December 30-

Book - 2024

"1925. London. When Alice Diamond, AKA "Diamond Annie," is elected the Queen of the Forty Elephants, she's determined to take the all-girl gang to new heights. She's ambitious, tough as nails, and a brilliant mastermind, with a plan to create a dynasty the likes of which no one has ever seen. Alice demands absolute loyalty from her "family"--it's how she's always kept the cops in line. Too bad she's now the target for one of Britain's first female policewomen. Officer Lilian Wyles isn't merely one of the first female detectives at Scotland Yard, she's one of the best detectives on the force. Even so, she'll have to win a big score to prove herself, to break free from the ..."women's work" she's been assigned. When she hears about the large-scale heist in the works to fund Alice's new dynasty, she realizes she has the chance she's been looking for--and the added bonus of putting Diamond Annie out of business permanently"--

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Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Novels
Published
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark [2024]
Language
English
Main Author
Heather Webb, 1976 December 30- (author)
Physical Description
359 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781728245003
9781728282947
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Review by Booklist Review

Alice Diamond, aka Diamond Annie, is the leader of Britain's first all-female gang, the Forty Elephants. Robbing department stores is their main gig, but Alice wants to do more for her girls to protect them. She begins to plan the biggest heist she's yet to pull off. Lilian Wyles is a female detective seeking a big break in order to be taken seriously as an officer, and she sets her sights on arresting Alice. The problem is, Alice mostly keeps her hands clean, and then she helps Lilian out of a dangerous situation. Lilian knows that bringing Alice in would be the beginning of her career, but can she do that now that Alice has potentially saved her life? Hira, a young orphan girl, comes between Alice and Lilian, fighting her options of working for Alice on the streets or turning to Lilian for help. With engaging characters and strong women protagonists, Webb's page-turning historical work speaks to the challenges that women faced in the 1920s and the fortitude they needed in order to succeed in society led by men.

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