The Cunning House featured in The Guardian's Crime Fiction roundup!
The Cunning House by Richard Marggraf Turley is firmly located in both space and time: a male brothel in London, 1810. Not only do the mollies run the risk of capital punishment if they are caught, but the city is in a moral panic fomented by political suspicion and religious fervour. Lawyer Christopher Wyre finds himself caught in a web of intrigue – the world of taverns, asylums, the Bow Street Runners and St James’s Palace, where the Duke of Cumberland, fifth son of George III, has been attacked. Well researched and meticulously detailed, using the rich and pungently biological language of the time, this is the best kind of historical mystery – informative and utterly fascinating at the same time.
The Guardian, Laura Wilson, 21st May 2015