The Housekeepers


by alex hay

Mrs. King is no ordinary housekeeper. Born into a world of con artists and thieves, she’s made herself respectable, running the grandest home in Mayfair. The house is packed with treasures, but dark secrets lurk in the shadows.

When Mrs. King is suddenly dismissed from her position, she recruits an eclectic group of women to join her in revenge. A black market queen out to settle her scores. An actress desperate for a magnificent part. A seamstress dreaming of a better life. And Mrs. King’s predecessor, with her own desire for vengeance. 

Their plan? On the night of the house’s highly anticipated ball – set to be the most illustrious of the year – they will rob it of its every possession, right under the noses of the distinguished guests and their elusive heiress host. But there’s one thing Mrs. King wants even more than money: the truth. And she’ll run any risk to get it…  


Alex Hay

Alex grew up in Cambridge and Cardiff in the United Kingdom. He studied History at the University of York and wrote his dissertation on female power at royal courts, combing the archives for every scrap of drama and skulduggery he could find. He has worked in magazine publishing and the charity sector and lives with his husband in London. The Housekeepers is his debut novel and won the Caledonia Novel Award 2022. 


A glamorous, fast-paced historical heist novel that kept me hooked ’til the last page.

– jennifer saint, author of ariadne


Punch-the-air good, this is the Edwardian heist novel you never knew you needed. Flawless, lawless fun.



Deliciously clever… Prepare to grow hungrier for justice with every page you turn.

– NINA DE GRAMONT, bestselling author of the christie affair


Anyone who relishes a good party gone wrong will devour this.

– SARAH PENNER, bestselling author of the lost apothecary