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A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day - and a thief at night.

London 1865 

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke. 

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox”. She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling. 

When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other. 

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?

©2020 Sarah M. Eden (P)2020 Shadow Mountain

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Unbearable narration

I managed to last 16 minutes of this. I’m sure it’s a great book but the narration is just so bad! The girly Sloane-ranger voice and upwards intonation at the end of every (and I mean every) sentence had me feeling physically uncomfortable. Im pretty sure this is how our PM’ s latest partner sounds. Ghastly darling.

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  • Pinklady
  • 11-11-20

WOW!

This story was amazing! I loved the characters and the way that it was three stories in one. I loved the mystery and intrigue in one story along with the sweet innocence in another. The romance was lovely and the ending left me hopeful for more to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-20

Delightful, Entertaining and Whittie

What a treat! I love the different stories interjected into the main story. I hope there will be sequels to this very charming book. Sarah Eden is one of my favorite authors and Justine Eyre is icing on the cake with her performance. It also draws to our attention the abuse our children around the world suffer, but does it a way that I don’t become depressed for days. Children living on the streets is and has been all over the world. They have been bought and sold and abused beyond comprehension. The Dredge Penny Society in this novel takes on the challenge of rescuing these little street urchins A must read or listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-20

Poorly ending

Serina. and children LEFT BEHIND. A promise is a promise_——— NOT for next book. !!! They could have been found later that night in secret wall in servants quarters. WE DONT LEAVE CHILDREN BEHIND AFTER PROMISING. Very disappointed

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  • Anna J
  • 12-11-20

Excellent!

I love this series more and more! I was looking forward to this to come out and I was not disappointed! I love the story, I love the narration. Keep them coming!

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  • Jenny
  • 20-11-20

Amazingly Entertaining

Another fantastic book in this series! Creative, sweet, funny, adventurous. Three story lines, all so enjoyable. Great narrator with fun and engaging accents. A great listen in the middle of the pandemic! Keep 'em coming!

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  • Bailey
  • 20-11-20

Great second in series

This was a good sequel to the first in this series. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 18-11-20

Another delight!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night. MY TAKE I love this series so much. Eden creates such fun yet deep characters. This second edition in The Dread Penny Society once again provides us with three stories for the price of one. And I was rooting for the characters in all three stories. Hollis and Ana were introduced in the first book, and it was obvious then that they were interested in each other. Not only did we get to see the development of an interesting start to their courtship, but we also got a deep looking into both of their histories and their families. And both kind of broke my heart. There's romance, action, and intrigue. This particular story is resolved but the overall mystery hasn't been solved. For me, it's the perfect kind of cliffhanger. I'm not left frustrated but rather intrigued and looking forward to the next installment. I listened to the audiobook and Justine Eyre was wonderful as the narrator. As usual.