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Queens of London: A Novel
by Heather Webb

Published: 2024-02-06T00:0
Paperback : 368 pages
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"Looting, lying, and the letter of the law: Queens of London delivers a rollicking ride through the criminal underbelly of post-WWI London. Gritty at times and tender at others, Queens of London unmasks the most lawless?and likeable?gang of women you've never heard of."--Sarah Penner, New ...
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"Looting, lying, and the letter of the law: Queens of London delivers a rollicking ride through the criminal underbelly of post-WWI London. Gritty at times and tender at others, Queens of London unmasks the most lawless?and likeable?gang of women you've never heard of."--Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

Maybe women can have it all, as long as they're willing to steal it.

1925. London. When Alice Diamond, AKA "Diamond Annie," is elected the Queen of the Forty Elephants, she's determined to take the all-girl gang to new heights. She's ambitious, tough as nails, and a brilliant mastermind, with a plan to create a dynasty the likes of which no one has ever seen. Alice demands absolute loyalty from her "family"?it's how she's always kept the cops in line. Too bad she's now the target for one of Britain's first female policewomen.

Officer Lilian Wyles isn't merely one of the first female detectives at Scotland Yard, she's one of the best detectives on the force. Even so, she'll have to win a big score to prove herself, to break free from the "women's work" she's been assigned. When she hears about the large-scale heist in the works to fund Alice's new dynasty, she realizes she has the chance she's been looking for?and the added bonus of putting Diamond Annie out of business permanently.

A tale of dark glamour and sisterhood, Queens of London is a look at Britain's first female crime syndicate, the ever-shifting meaning of justice, and the way women claim their power by any means necessary, from USA Today bestselling author Heather Webb.

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1.What motivates Alice in the beginning of the novel? How does that change as the story goes on?

2.What does loyalty mean to the different characters in the book? What role does punishment play in their definitions? Who do you most agree with?

3.How does Lillian view criminals? Do you think her opinion is common among police officers? How does this view change the way our justice systems work?

4.Unlike many of the Forty Elephants, Hira comes from a well-to-do background. Why did she run away? Why did she gravitate towards the Forty Elephants?

5.Lillian, Alice, and Dorothy all have their work occupying their time, and feel too busy to participate in women’s suffrage demonstrations. Who has time to protest, and how does that affect which issues are prioritized?

6.How do the Forties operate? What is the key to their “shopping” successes?

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