Author Biography: Essie Fox

Essie Fox   Goodreads Author

   born                              Hereford, The United Kingdom

   gender                          female


   twitter username    essiefox
   genre                            Historical FictionMystery & ThrillersRomance
   influences                   Dickens. Wilkie Collins. Brontes. Charles Palliser. Michael Cox. Miche…more
   member since            February 2011
I write dark gothic mysteries, all set in the Victorian era.

The Goddess and the Thief – with deposed Indian Maharajahs, Hindu gods and sacred diamonds, and Victorian seances in candlelit rooms – was published in December 2013.

Before that, I wrote The Somnambulist, which is set in the Victorian music halls and a secluded – perhaps haunted – country house. It appeared on Channel 4’s TV Book Club and was shortlisted for best debut in the National Book Awards. It has also been optioned for TV/film by Hat Trick Productions.

My second novel, Elijah’s Mermaid, features the hypocrisy in VIctorian art and literature, and how those worlds sometimes overlap with the murkier demimonde. There are brothels and freak shows…and mermaids!

For much more information please visit my website:, or my

You can also find me on Twitter as @essiefox, and on Facebook as Essie Fox Books.

Book Information
The Goddess and the Thief
     Editions:                Paperback           Kindle
     Pages:                     Paperback      31o           Kindle 310
     Publish Date:       December 5th 2013
     Publisher:              Orion
     ISBN:                       Paperback   409146197 (ISBN13: 9781409146193)
                                        Kindle  9781409146216

other:                      Won this book off of a goodreads giveaway in December

Book Synopsis
A beguiling and sensual Victorian novel of theft and obsession from the author of the THE SOMNAMBULIST.

Uprooted from her home in India, Alice is raised by her aunt, a spiritualist medium in Windsor. When the mysterious Mr Tilsbury enters their lives, Alice is drawn into a plot to steal the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond, claimed by the British Empire at the end of the Anglo-Sikh wars.

Said to be both blessed and cursed, the sacred Indian stone exerts its power over all who encounter it: a handsome deposed maharajah determined to claim his rightful throne, a man hell-bent on discovering the secrets of eternity, and a widowed queen who hopes the jewel can draw her husband’s spirit back. In the midst of all this madness, Alice must discover a way to regain control of her life and fate…