Violet Kelly and the Jade Owl

Fiona Britton

A centuries-old curse, a house of secrets, and one young woman determined to find out the truth.

Sydney, 1930: In the well-heeled suburb of Paddington, just a short distance from the razor gangs of Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, sits Maison des Fleurs, an upscale brothel run by the indomitable Madame. The star of Maison des Fleurs is Violet Kelly – beautiful, clever and determined to make something of herself in a world that has already taken so much.

When a former associate of Madame’s emerges to claim a long-owed favour involving a kidnapped girl and an ancient curse, Violet is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse that takes her from dangerous underworld dealings to raucous parties to untold stories about her own past, and, eventually, right into the heart of Maison des Fleurs. But how much is she willing to risk to save her friends, her home, and the life she’s come to love? And will it be enough?

This is Agatha Christie meets Underbelly, and Violet Kelly is a thrilling addition to a long line of amateur sleuths like Phryne Fisher.


Fiona Britton

Fiona Britton is a Sydney writer, living and working on Bidjigal land. She has a PhD in English (Creative Writing) from University of Western Australia. While waiting to be an overnight success, Fiona has worked as a toy shop assistant, chip fryer, sandwich maker, bar tender, clown doctor, aerialist, hula hooper, stilt walker, and as an editor, writer, and communications manager for business. Fiona likes stories about funny, fearless women who get to have it all.

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