The Emperor's Conspiracy

The Emperor's Conspiracy

From nineteenth-century London’s elegant ballrooms to its darkest slums, a spirited young woman and a nobleman investigating for the Crown unmask a plot by Napoleon to bleed England of its gold.

Chance led to Charlotte Raven’s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector.

When Lord Edward Durnham is tapped to solve the mystery of England’s rapidly disappearing gold, his search leads him to the stews of London, and Charlotte becomes his intriguing guide to the city’s dark, forbidding underworld. But as her involvement brings Charlotte to the attention of men who have no qualms about who they hurt, and as Edward forges a grudging alliance with the dangerous ghosts of Charlotte’s former life, she faces a choice: to continue living in limbo, or to close the door on the past and risk her heart and her happiness on an unpredictable future.
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451684445 | 
  • November 2012
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This reading group guide for The Emperor's Conspiracy includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Charlotte Raven hasn’t always been a proper lady. Beneath her prim and proper gloves lie the scars of her former life: Charlotte used to be “Charlie,” a girl of the streets who dressed as a boy to work as a chimney sweep. After Lady Catherine Howe took her in, Charlotte gained access to the cream of the crop of London society. But Charlotte keeps a foot in her old world—she still visits the “rookeries,” London’s seamy side, to see her childhood friend Luke, who has worked his way to the top of London’s organized crime system. With her unique access to the rookeries, Charlotte is indispensable to a top-secret investigation: England’s gold is slowly disappearing, and the Crown is desperate to stop the smugglers. A handsome secret agent, Edward Durnham, needs Charlotte’s help to untangle this vast conspiracy of society lords and crime lords. But when Charlotte finds herself falling for Edward, Luke’s jealousy threatens to boil over. Charlotte soon discovers that Luke is a linchpin in th see more

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About the Author

Michelle Diener
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Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener has always had a passion for reading and writing. She began writing stories when her parents gave her a typewriter for her twelfth birthday, and she hasn’t stopped since. Born in London and raised in South Africa, she now lives on the west coast of Australia with her husband and two small children.