Killing Beauties

In a world made for men, Susan Hyde is no ordinary woman.

And no one would suspect that the sister of Edward Hyde, chief advisor to King in exile Charles Stuart, spends her time peddling state secrets and fomenting rebellion rather than on her tapestry.

As a she-intelligencer – female spy – Susan’s mission is to extract information from Oliver Cromwell’s unsuspecting spymaster, by any means necessary.

In a shadow-world of cyphers, surveillance, poison, seduction and duplicity, this daring spy will risk everything for king and country

About the author

Pete Langman is an editor, academic, cricketer and sometime rock and roll guitarist who holds a PhD on Francis Bacon (the other one) and was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at 40. His non-fiction encompasses cricket, Parkinson’s Disease, music, the history of science, literature and culture, and has appeared in publications ranging from the Guardian to Guitar and Bass Magazine. He lives between Leiden and Brighton with his partner Dr Nadine Akkerman, award-winning author of Invisible Agents.

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Why We Like It

  • ‘Langman is a fine writer. Dark yet witty, both light and profound. I found myself frequently both amused and disturbed. It’s a rare gift.’ - Anthony McGowan, ( author of Henry Tumour )
  • ‘Pete Langman’s stories invite you into a cold, unsettling world in which ugly things happen. His writing, however, is clean and perceptive; you are transported into strange minds and settings and you leave feeling like you know a bit more about the human condition.’ - Araminta Hall, (author of Everything & Nothing )
  • Killing Beauties is inspired by the true-life stories of Susan Hyde and Diana Jennings, both active female spies: the former acting as postmistress for royalist secret society the Sealed Knot; the latter an altogether more shady character.

Pete Langman is an editor, academic, cricketer and sometime rock and roll guitarist who holds a PhD on Francis Bacon (the other one) and was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at 40. His non-fiction encompasses cricket, Parkinson’s Disease, music, the history of science, literature and culture, and has appeared in publications ranging from the Guardian to Guitar and Bass Magazine, The Independent, Prospect, The Wellcome Trust, All Out Cricket, and Cricinfo.com, as well as in several academic collections. He also teaches early modern literature at the Centre for Continuing Education in Oxford. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Slender Threads: a young person’s guide to Parkinson’s Disease, and The Country House Cricketer, which was longlisted for the MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year 2015.

He now lives between Leiden and Brighton with his partner Dr Nadine Akkerman, award-winning author of Invisible Agents, who supplies him with extra historical expertise and keeps asking if they can have a cat now, please.

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