The UK edition of the first installation of T.A. Willberg’s debut historical-mystery series, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder, is published today in hardback by Trapeze, Orion Publishing.

They were a band of mysterious private detectives who lived beneath the streets of London in a labyrinth of twisted tunnels and ancient hallways, the entrance to which no one had ever found…

 London, 1958:

 Elaborately disguised and hidden deep beneath the city’s streets lies the world of Miss Brickett’s, a secret detective agency. From traversing deceptive escape rooms full of baited traps and hidden dangers, to engineering almost magical mechanical gadgets, apprentice detectives at Miss Brickett’s undergo rigorous training to equip them with the skills and knowledge they will need to solve the mysteries that confound London’s police force.

 But nothing can prepare 23-year-old apprentice Marion Lane for what happens after the arrest of her friend and mentor, Frank, on suspicion of murder: he tasks Marion with clearing his name and saving his life. Her investigation will place Marion and her friends in great peril as they venture into the forbidden maze of uncharted tunnels that surround Miss Brickett’s. Being discovered out of bounds means immediate dismissal, but that is the least of Marion’s problems when she discovered that the tunnels contain more than just secrets…


Marion Lane has been gaining significant buzz since its initial publication in the US, from being selected as one of Amazon’s Top 10 picks for January, to being picked by Strand Bookstore in New York for their subscription box. The book was also featured in E-Online’s round-up of December’s Best reads and reviewed in The New York Journal of Books. Having been a hit amongst book-bloggers, Marion Lane has also been selected as May Book of the Month by UK subscription box, Book Box Club!

Early reviews for this immersive historical mystery have been nothing short of positive, receiving praise from readers, bloggers and authors alike.

“This is the most fun I’ve had with a book this year. Every page is a delight, the worldbuilding is wonderful, and the mystery got its hooks into me from the first chapter. This is what would happen if a trainee James Bond was asked to solve an Agatha Christie mystery, and it’s brilliant.” – Stuart Turton, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

 “MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER crackles with invention and surprise—the wondrous gadgetry, the moody settings, the endearing heroine and the struggles she’s endured—and Willberg weaves it all together around a perfectly puzzling locked-room whodunnit.” Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

“A delightfully stylish romp through London’s foggy streets and secret tunnels, complete with a tantalizing, steampunk-flavored mystery. Willberg has conjured a sharp-witted and sympathetic heroine, a worthy match for the sinister forces and shadowy organizations arrayed against her. Delicious fun!” Helene Wecker, New York Times bestselling author of The Golem and the Jinni


Huge congratulations to T.A. Willberg on the UK publication of her brilliant debut! If you haven’t already, be sure to grab a copy of Marion Lane here.