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Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis

Spitting Gold by Carmella Lowkis


Paris, 1866. When Baroness Sylvie Devereux receives a house-call from Charlotte Mothe, the sister she disowned, she fears her shady past as a spirit medium has caught up with her. But with their father ill and Charlotte unable to pay his bills, Sylvie is persuaded into one last con.


Their marks are the de Jacquinots: dysfunctional aristocrats who believe they are haunted by their great aunt, brutally murdered during the French Revolution.


Sylvie and Charlotte will need to deploy every trick to terrify the family out of their gold – until they experience inexplicable horrors themselves.


The sisters start to question if they really are at the mercy of a vengeful spirit. And what other deep, dark secrets threaten to come to light...?


Spitting Gold is a darkly atmospheric and propulsive historical debut that twists and turns, blending gothic mystery with a captivating sapphic romance.



'In this engrossing story about whether or not vengeful spirits exist – and whether mediums can control them or not – Lowkis cleverly keeps a lot of ambiguity and space for doubt even in first-person. We are kept guessing at who is being deceived and who is deceiving in this brilliantly twisty mystery.' - LILY LINDON, author of DOUBLE BOOKED and MY OWN WORST ENEMY


'Carmella Lowkis's confident debut twirls the reader into high society (and low) in a 19th century Paris deliciously recognisable in its modernity. Boasting a twisty plot, seances, sly humour, ghosts, a long con, and lesbians, the heart of the book is the affecting and frustrating relationship between two sisters. I devoured it.' - ALLY WILKES, author of ALL THE WHITE SPACES


'A compelling and atmospheric story of sisterhood and female agency, Spitting Gold is an evocative gothic tale where nothing is quite what it seems.' - Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora


'A clever, atmospheric and sparkling Gothic debut... reminded me of Sarah Waters.' - Anna Mazzola, author of The Clockwork Girl

  • Details

    Imprint: Transworld

    Publication Date: 18 April 2024

    ISBN: 9780857529466

    Pages: 336

    Format: Hardback

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