The Confessions of Frannie Langton
On Sale: May 21, 2019
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A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her
employer and his wife in this astonishing historical
thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the
fetid streets of Georgian London—a remarkable literary debut
with echoes of Alias Grace, The Underground
Railroad, and The Paying Guests.
London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton,
accused of the brutal double murder of her employers,
renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French
wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly
following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid
theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being
held in the Old Bailey.
The testimonies against
Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master
manipulator, a whore.
But Frannie claims she cannot
recall what happened that fateful evening, even if
remembering could save her life. She doesn't know how she
came to be covered in the victims' blood. But she does have
a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican
plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist
who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that
brought her into the Benhams' London home—and into a
passionate and forbidden relationship.
testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the
perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the
whole of English society itself.
of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut: a murder
mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the
darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction
of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and
sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making
in a world that would see her unmade.
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