A young woman searches for the truth about her sister, who boarded a ship headed to the frozen Arctic and never returned in this “engrossing historical mystery” (The Washington Post).

Twenty-year-old Constance Horton has run away from her life in Victorian London, disguising herself as a boy to board the Makepeace, an expedition vessel bound for the icy and unexplored Northwest Passage of the Arctic. She struggles to keep her real identity a secret on the ship, a feat that only grows more difficult when facing the constant dangers of the icy North.

Even more dangerous than the cold, the storms, and the hunger, are some of the men aboard—including the ship’s scientist Edison Stowe. He’s watching Constance, and she knows that his attention could be fatal.

In London two years later: Maude Horton is searching for the truth. After being told by the British Admiralty that her sister’s death onboard the Makepeace was nothing more than a tragic accident, she receives a diary revealing that Edison Stowe had more of a hand in Constance’s death than the returning crew acknowledged.

In order to get the answers she needs, Maude shadows Edison. She joins him on a new venture he’s started to capitalize on the murder mania that has all of London in a frenzy—a travel company that takes guests around the country via train to witness public hangings—to extract the truth from him in any way possible.

Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge is a “brilliant” (Publishers Weekly), “addictive” (Emilia Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Weyword), “utterly compulsive” (Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters) novel about the lengths we will go to for justice—and for love.

About the author(s)

Lizzie Pook is a London-based travel writer and journalist whose work has taken her to some of the farthest-flung parts of the planet, from the trans-Himalayas—in search of elusive snow leopards—to the vast, uninhabited east coast of Greenland. She has written for The GuardianThe TelegraphThe Times (London), Lonely Planet, and Condé Nast Traveler. Lizzie is the author of Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge and Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter. Visit her at or connect with her on Twitter @LizziePook.


A Washington Post Most Anticipated Book of January 2024

“Maude’s sister, Constance, disguised herself as a man to board a ship bound for the Arctic Circle and never returned. The British Admiralty claims that her sister’s death was an unfortunate tragedy, but Maude suspects foul play, especially after Constance’s journals are passed to her under a table in a macabre bar in Victorian London. Pook’s engrossing historical mystery alternates between Constance’s dispatches from the frigid north and Maude’s search for answers, a perilous inquiry that takes her to grisly places.”—The Washington Post 

“Brilliant . . . Pook’s masterful pacing and meticulous attention to historical detail make this sing. Fans of Stuart Tarton’s high seas whodunits will be rapt.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A spellbinding novel set in the frozen Arctic and in London during the height of murder mania…. Pook paints a macabre image of a time when death was often more valuable than life itself.”—Kirkus

“In a stellar follow-up to her debut, Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter (2022), Pook once again weaves a rousing tale around the escapades of a bold, spirited, and cunning woman.”—Booklist

“From the boisterous gallows crowd to the ice fields of the Arctic, Pook conjures up a compellingly vivid scene. A rip-roaring and guillotine-sharp critique of Victorian ‘murder mania’. I couldn’t tear myself away.”—ELLERY LLOYD, New York Times bestselling author of The Club

"Pook takes us on a heart-stopping ride through the dark underbelly of Victorian London and the icy plains of the Arctic. Stunningly written and meticulously researched, this is escapist fiction at its best. Grisly, addictive fun - as glorious as the titular character's revenge. I devoured it in 24 hours." –EMILIA HART, author of New York Times bestseller Weyward

"Lizzie Pook is a master of suspense. The story of one sister's love and determination to avenge her sister's death, is an unforgettable, atmospheric thrill ride."-—ADRIANA TRIGIANI, bestselling author of The Good Left Undone

“Thrilling, heartfelt and utterly compulsive, Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge is a triumphant second novel. It is that rare thing — a gripping adventure story and an intelligent, richly textured portrait of a moment in history. Every page is steeped in atmosphere, from the gallows of Victorian London to the perils of polar exploration aboard the great ship Makepeace, as Pook combines impressive research with fine-tuned characterisation, a galloping plot and absolute command of her story. This is a glorious creation indeed — I loved it.”—EMMA STONEX, author of The Lamplighters

“Lizzie Pook effortlessly blends a wild Arctic adventure with a riveting tale of a sister’s burning desire for revenge, the tension tightening like a hangman’s noose. Her writing is atmospheric, gripping and beautiful - the execution of this novel is flawless.”—AMY McCULLOCH, author of Breathless

"Adventurous and beautifully written. I loved the clever, propulsive storytelling and the wealth of historical detail . . . so accomplished, I thoroughly enjoyed it."—ROSIE ANDREWS, author of The Leviathan

"Dark, thrilling & completely absorbing, MAUDE HORTON'S GLORIOUS REVENGE is glorious. Lizzie Pook taps into a centuries-long fascination with true crime taking us from the Arctic via gruesome hangings into Madame Tussaud’s. I loved Maude and was rooting for her from the get-go. BRAVO!"—NIKKI MAY, author of Wahala

“Yet another page turner from Lizzie Pook. Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge is a captivating historical thriller with an unusual heroine at its heart. I loved this story of two sisters, a heartbreaking mystery, and a life-or-death quest.”—CHARMAINE WILKERSON, author of Black Cake

“Such a brilliant book! Every page is stuffed with adventure and character, rendered so evocatively you feel like you’re dashing around with Maude in 1850. A joyous, propulsive piece of writing from a truly talented writer.”—STUART TURTON, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle