Scandal in Babylon
by Barbara Hambly

“You shall never have a penny of my money. Leave me alone or I will shoot you dead!”

1924. After six months in Hollywood, young British widow Emma Blackstone has come to love her new employer, glamourous movie-star Kitty Flint – even if her late husband’s sister is one of the worst actresses she’s ever seen. Looking after Kitty and her three adorable Pekinese dogs isn’t work Emma dreamed of, but Kitty rescued her when she was all alone in the world. Now, the worst thing academically-minded Emma has to worry about is the shocking historical inaccuracies of the films Kitty stars in.

Until, that is, Rex Festraw – Kitty’s first husband, to whom she may or may not still be married – turns up dead in her dressing room, a threatening letter seemingly from Kitty in his pocket.

Emma’s certain her flighty but kind-hearted sister-in-law has been framed. But who by? And why? From spiteful rivals to jealous boyfriends, the suspects are numerous. But as Emma investigates, she begins to untangle a deadly plot – and there’s something Kitty’s not telling her . . .

This gripping first in a brand-new series from NYT-bestselling author Barbara Hambly brings the sights and sounds of Hollywood to life and is a perfect pick for fans of female-fronted historical mysteries set in the roaring twenties.


This splendid romp is sure to win Hambly new fans

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Exhilarating, exasperating, and dangerous … A sparkling series launch featuring Hollywood hijinks and a clever sleuth

Kirkus Reviews

“Emma. . .feels fresh: not merely another flapper-era amateur sleuth, but rather a vibrant, intelligent woman with whom readers will enjoy spending time”


Outstanding ... Hambly’s masterful historical detail, scrupulous character portrayal, and psychological analysis of human frailties contribute handsomely to her storytelling

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of House of the Patriarch

A fine entry in impressive series

Booklist on House of the Patriarch

A must-read

Booklist Starred Review of Lady of Perdition


Kirkus Reviews on Lady of Perdition

Hambly’s exceptional knowledge of history and her deft touch at imbuing emotion into her characters ... will make this another fan favorite

Booklist on Prisoner of Midnight

Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly, though a native of Southern California, lived in New Orleans for many years while married to the late science fiction writer George Alec Effinger. Hambly holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and has written novels in numerous genres.

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Scandal in Babylon by Barbara Hambly is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029808524th February 2022140 X 216mm240£13.99
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