The Housekeepers by Alex Hay

4 Stars from me

An entertaining take on revenge set in 1905 with a disgruntled former housekeeper leading a hand-picked motley crew of servants into a daring heist during a high society ball in a fancy house in Park Lane, London.

The book begins with the sacking of Mrs King, the housekeeper being summarily stripped of her position in the household and in return she plots to strip the house of its assets. A daring and meticulous plan follows with Mrs King using her organisational skills to make sure she has thought of everything…

The book has a ‘girl power’ vibe (among the other obvious heist film comparisons) and there were some very interesting characters in the mix. Alex Hay has thought up some hugely entertaining people and situations within this debut novel.

Perfect for a little TV drama – hopefully it will be snapped up, I can see it airing as a 3 parter near to Christmas 🙂

Blurb: The night of London’s grandest ball, a bold group of women downstairs launch a daring revenge heist against Mayfair society in this dazzling historical novel about power, gender, and class.

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.


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