The Penmaker’s Wife

by Steve Robinson


Pub Date 01 Dec 2019  

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In Victorian England, a mother is on the run from her past—and the truth about what she did.

Birmingham, 1880. Angelica Chastain has fled from London with her young son, William. She promises him a better life, far away from the terrors they left behind.

Securing a job as a governess, Angelica captures the attention of wealthy widower Stanley Hampton. Soon they marry and the successful future Angelica envisaged for William starts to fall into place.

But the past will not let Angelica go. As the people in her husband’s circle, once captivated by her charm, begin to question her motives, it becomes clear that forgetting where she came from—and who she ran from—is impossible.

When tragedy threatens to expose her and destroy everything she’s built for herself and William, how far will she go to keep her secrets safe? And when does the love for one’s child tip over into dangerous obsession?

Alias Grace meets Peaky Blinders in this tale of obsession, ambition and murder in Victorian England.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Penmaker’s Wife by Steve Robinson is a historical novel and a thrilling gothic noir, about murder, obsession, manipulation, that will keep you up long past your bedtime.

A captivating progressive timeline from 1880 to 1896, Angelica Chastain has fled from London with her young son, leaving the vile past behind. Angelica, comes from a background that has definitely shaped her outlook on life. Mentally unstable she feels no empathy for her actions, as takes whatever means necessary to rise her status and that of her son. She is ultimately an ambitious, scheming, serial killer, as the body count rise, and her past comes bearing down her.

Sinister, emotional, complex, riveting, fast-paced, dark, thrilling, captivating, taut, twisty, and entertaining

The authors ability to create a stunning storyline with a wickedly manipulated leading lady.. This historical dark thriller does not contain a lead protagonist that you will emotionally connected to….Or maybe you might!

Steve Robinson is a London-based crime writer. He was sixteen when his first magazine article was published and he’s been writing ever since. A love for genealogy inspired his first bestselling series, the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mysteries, and with The Penmaker’s Wife he is now expanding his writing to historical crime, another area he is passionate about. He can be contacted via his website,, or his Facebook page,, where you can also keep up to date with his latest news.

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