The Glass of Time
Building on his "superb" (Washington Post) debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England.
Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" (New York Times Book Review) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.
- October 2008
- 6.5 × 9.6 in
/ 592 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide, excluding Canada, the British Commonwealth and the European Union.
Endorsements & Reviews
“Absorbing. . . . Literary pastiche at its very best.” — TLS
“Those who have not yet encountered the author's erudite and intricate fictions have a treat in store. . . . This is a mystery worthy of Wilkie Collins, combining all the ingredients of a Gothic romance - disinherited heroines, dissolute heroes, revenge and remorse - with a very modern sense of pace.” — The Times
“Satisfyingly sinister.” — Daily Mail
“Entirely wonderful . . . chock-full of revenge, romance, duplicity, concealed identities and suspense and endless surprises, burnished by . [A] delicious piece of storytelling.” — Washington Post
“A terrific modern-day Victorian novel, and a true page-turner in the manner of the great works of that era. . . . The author has woven an enormous and intricate tapestry. . . . Take a chance and words.” — Edmonton Journal
“Starred Review. Gripping. . . . While readers unfamiliar with the first book will find themselves deeply engaged by the elegant descriptive prose, those with the benefit of the full context and nuances of The Meaning of Night will better appreciate this sequel.” — Publishers Weekly
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