The Glass of Time: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“In the spirit of Dickens, this breathless historical suspense novel set in 1870s Britain follows an orphaned young woman on a mission: She's been sent as a maid to infiltrate the grand country house of Evenwood, uncover its venerable family's buried secrets, and put right the injustices that have clouded her life.”
— Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS


Building on his "superb" (Washington Post) debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England.

Like its "beguiling" and "intelligent" (New York Times Book Review) predecessor, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.

About the Author

Michael Cox (1948-2009) was the biographer of the ghost-story writer and scholar M. R. James. His first novel, The Meaning of Night, was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa First Novel Award.

Praise For…

Satisfyingly sinister.
— Daily Mail

A terrific modern-day Victorian novel, and a true page-turner in the manner of the great works of that era. . . . The author has woven an enormous and intricate tapestry. . . . Take a chance and words.
— Edmonton Journal

Starred Review. Gripping. . . . While readers unfamiliar with the first book will find themselves deeply engaged by the elegant descriptive prose, those with the benefit of the full context and nuances of The Meaning of Night will better appreciate this sequel.

— Publishers Weekly

Those who have not yet encountered the author's erudite and intricate fictions have a treat in store. . . . This is a mystery worthy of Wilkie Collins, combining all the ingredients of a Gothic romance - disinherited heroines, dissolute heroes, revenge and remorse - with a very modern sense of pace.
— The Times

Absorbing. . . . Literary pastiche at its very best.

Entirely wonderful . . . chock-full of revenge, romance, duplicity, concealed identities and suspense and endless surprises, burnished by . [A] delicious piece of storytelling.
— Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393067736
ISBN-10: 0393067734
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 17th, 2008
Pages: 592
Language: English

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