I’m delighted to be able to show you the three new covers for the Women of Pepys’ Diary Trilogy , published by Headline Accent. First, Deb Willet, self-possessed maidservant to Mrs Pepys, and a woman of wit, intelligence and courage. In Pleasing Mr Pepys, she is head-hunted by Abigail Williams, a spy for the Dutch. Can she keep her activities of copying out Pepys’ Diary a secret from the Pepys household? And if she fails to deliver, will she be found drowned in the Thames like so many other spies? A story of  espionage, and the power of the written word.

Second, Bess Bagwell, ambitious wife of ship’s carpenter Will. She has her sights set on going up in the world, and she fears the more cautious Will is stopping her. She hopes the favours of Mr Pepys will lead to riches and respectability. A fine house is the first step, taken on loan whilst their luck holds. But when the Plague comes calling, their fortunes fall, and for every favour, one is demanded in return. Soon Bess is in deeper than she could ever have imagined. A Plague on Mr Pepys is a rich saga of family life in the Restoration London.

And last of all Bird Knepp, proud owner of a beautiful voice. But will it ever be heard where she is languishing in the stews of Smithfield? In Entertaining Mr Pepys she meets theatre afficionado Mr Pepys, and unwittingly becomes his friend, and so begins her journey into the heart of the new Kings Players, alongside Nell Gwyn. But fellow player, Stefan, hates the idea of the new actresses and and is determined to keep them away from the stage. She battles jealousy and misogyny to finally set foot on the boards. But just as she is about to make her debut, a coal falls in a bakery in Pudding Lane and a fire begins to spread, one that will change everything …

I do hope you’ll take a look at the books and admire their new covers. You can find the Pepys Trilogy HERE

‘Laced with emotional intensity and drama, Pleasing Mr Pepys…(has) an intricate plot that features red herrings, unexpected twists, and surprises that will take readers on a very delightful ride’ Readers’ Favorite

‘Deb Willet, Elizabeth Pepys’s maid and the object of Samuel Pepys’s attentions, is finally given centre-stage after 350 years, and her tale was worth waiting for. This is exceptional story-telling’ L. C. Tyler

‘A remarkably beguiling read. It transported me to the glitter and filth of seventeenth century London’ Martine Bailey, author of The Almanack

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