Pleasing Mr Pepys

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Book Summary

Set in the ruins of London after The Great Fire, Pleasing My Pepys is the story of diarist Samuel Pepys' London, vibrantly told through the eyes of his maid.

Deb Willet is desperate to escape her domineering aunt and takes a position as companion to Elisabeth Pepys, Samuel’s wife. Deb believes it will give her the respectability and freedom she craves – but it proves far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

1660s London in turmoil. Although Charles II has been restored to the throne, there is the prospect of war with the Dutch – the world’s great power of the era. In the midst of this tumult strides Samuel Pepys – diarist and man of note.

Pepys’ influence in Restoration London means that the Dutch are keen to get their hands on his secrets – even if that means murder, espionage and blackmail to get them. Deb is soon caught up in the middle of a dangerous game – while at the same time trying to counter Mr Pepys’s lust for her…

Selling other people's secrets is a dangerous game.


'Deb Willet, Elizabeth Pepys’s maid and the object of Samuel Pepys’s attentions, is finally given centre-stage after 350 years, and her tale was worth waiting for. This is exceptional story-telling.' L. C. Tyler, Chair of the UK Historical Crime Writers Association

‘Laced with emotional intensity and drama, Pleasing Mr Pepys… (has) an intricate plot that features red herrings, unexpected twists, and surprises that will take readers on a very delightful ride.’ Arya Fomonyuy, Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Deborah lives in the North of England in a village close to the mountains and the sea. Formerly a costume designer for the BBC, she has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Passionate about history and the natural world, she writes historical and literary fiction and is the author of four historical novels so far, and a historical trilogy for teens.

Deborah is a hybrid author, both trad and indie published and her books have been published by Macmillan, St Martin's Press, Endeavour Press, and Accent Press as well as under her own imprint Quire Books.

She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, The Historical Writers Association and the Romantic Novelists Association.

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