The Maiden

Kate Foster (author)



Kate Foster’s “The Maiden” is a riveting debut set in 17th-century Edinburgh, exploring Lady Christian’s trial for her lover’s murder. A feminist historical novel, it delves into love, betrayal, and justice, celebrated as a masterpiece. Winner of the Bloody Scotland Awards, it promises a thrilling read until the last page.

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Number of pages: 384

Published: 29 February 2024

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Dive into the heart of seventeenth-century Edinburgh with Kate Foster’s compelling debut, “The Maiden.” This historical novel, inspired by the real-life trial and execution of Lady Nimmo, weaves a riveting tale of love, betrayal, and the quest for justice through a feminist lens. Lauded as a “masterpiece” by bestselling author Janice Hallett and celebrated for its “exceptional” narrative by the Daily Mail, “The Maiden” has already etched its name as a Times Bestseller and garnered prestigious accolades including the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect Award 2022 and the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year 2023.

At the center of this enthralling story is Lady Christian, a woman whose life of privilege and respectability is shattered when she is arrested and charged with the murder of her lover, James Forrester. The scandalous headlines scream of her guilt, branding her as an adulteress and a murderess, but the truth is far more complex. As the narrative unfolds, readers are invited to explore the depths of Lady Christian’s character, from her risky affair that defied societal norms to the intricate web of relationships surrounding Forrester, each providing a motive for murder.

“The Maiden” is not just a story about a murder trial; it is an exploration of the female voice silenced by history, a voice that Kate Foster masterfully brings to life with a decidedly feminist slant. This historical novel promises to keep readers on the edge of their seats, delivering a tense, thrilling investigation into a murder that questions the very foundations of love, loyalty, and justice.

Prepare to be captivated until the very last page by “The Maiden,” where the tension of a seventeenth-century trial blends with the timeless struggle for women’s voices to be heard. A must-read for fans of Stacey Halls, Sara Collins, and anyone who appreciates a story that not only entertains but also challenges and inspires.

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Weight 262 g
Dimensions 19.7 × 13.1 × 2.7 cm