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Sara Stockbridge
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28 July 2011

'You must cross my palm with silver first, my pretty miss.'

London, 1860s. The capital's high society ladies like nothing more than to while away an evening at a private supper party, drinking sweet wine, sharing confidences - and having their fortunes read. But palm-reading is a perilous business: the lines of the left hand can unlock secrets and reveal futures best kept hidden.

When fortune-teller Miss Rose Lee is called to entertain Lady Quayle and her guests at Portland Place, she sees in the palm of shy, cautious Emily a future she is forced to keep to herself. 'A quiet life, my dear' is what she tells the girl. But she spies two little crosses that spell something quite different - fearful, violent death.

As Rose's predictions start coming true, her own fortunes become embroiled in the suspect fates of others and the future suddenly seems a dark and dangerous place. With a plucky heroine and a rollicking story, Sara Stockbridge's second novel is a cauldron of subterfuge and mysticism.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (28 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070118504X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701185046
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This briskly enjoyable novel of gypsy fortune-telling and high-society crimes in 1860s London has all the intrigue of its neo-Victorian rivals... With her salty cast of vagabonds and villains, Stockbridge stirs the pot with glee" (Independent)

"A good 'petticoat drama' read for fans of Sarah Waters" (We Love this Book)

"A vividly gripping mystery story that dances through the unexpected dangers of 1860s London" (Easy Living)

"Stockbridge has talent... Full of double dealing and repressed female sexuality, Cross My Palm takes us from the drawing rooms of Cavendish Square to the thieves and prostitutes of Haymarket - and finally to the gypsy encampment on Dulwich Common" (Evening Standard)

"This is a witty, and mysterious second novel from multi-talented actress, model and author Stockbridge... Impressive" (Diva Magazine)

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A rollicking Victorian mystery of fortune tellers and gypsies from actress and model Sara Stockbridge.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing too exciting 8 Sep 2011
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I read it, it was easy to read , but to be honest I did not find it exciting or interesting, the story is somthing you might find in a womans magazine,I think if you want some light reading for the beach , then this is your book. I did not find the characters that engaging. A bit of a miss from me
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fortune with a twist in its tail 27 Aug 2011
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This is a Victorian thriller with all the ingredients of a true Gothic tale: high life, low life, gypsies, love, sex and death. The story is told by several narrators but the main character is Rose Lee, a young gypsy fortune teller who makes her living telling the fortunes of the rich in their mansions in the West End of London. (Remember the so-called gypsy in Jane Eyre?)

Rose, although she embroiders what she sees, is not a complete charlatan and she becomes embroiled with one of her clients when she foresees a "fearful, violent death". However, everything is not quite as it seems. As her old grandmother was wont to say, "Life is like streaky bacon, my dear. There is fat and there is lean, and if you want to know the future you had better take them together." So, we follow the line of Rose's predictions as one by one they come true, but perhaps not in the way expected.

Nineteenth century London is noisy and full of life, but there is also darkness, violence and death. This novel is a page turning thriller with a many a twist and a turn to it. My main argument with it is that it is quite slight. It is a quick read, not a full blown block buster, but I enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Book 28 Aug 2011
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I must admit at the very beginning that this is one of those books that you will either like or hate. I did not know that Sara Stockbridge had written any novels, but after reading this I will now have to get her first book The Fortunes of Grace Hammer: A Tale of the Victorian Underworld.

Set in 1860 this has elements of the gothic and sensation fiction, which is rather apt as the 1860's were arguably the 'golden decade' of sensation fiction. This tale is told mainly by Rose, a gypsy fortune teller, but there are also chapters by Tabitha, the daughter of Lord and Lady Quayle, as well as a few police reports. Rose can tell fortunes, but she is also apt to con people, and thus she and her friend try to con Lady Quayle out of money, after all the good Lady is a bit slow on the uptake. As Rose reads people's fortunes in their hands she becomes worried for a young lady called Emily, foreseeing sudden death in her fortune. As Rose tries to help she finds herself embroiled in other people's fates.

Although Rose can see the future in her palmistry she alas can't predict what all the things she feels will happen, and so what she thinks will happen does - not however due to the causes that she thinks. Taking in frauds and elopement, murder and secrets this is quite a quick read, however it is also something that slowly draws you in and holds you. I think that this could be its biggest downfall, you start reading something that is quite quick to read, but if it doesn't start to grip you you are not likely to finish it. As a point of interest, there was a gypsy encampment in the Dulwich/ Sydenham area, and that is why there is Gypsy Hill leading up to Crystal Palace/ Upper Norwood, in South London.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cross over this book! 28 Aug 2011
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I did not enjoy this book. I didn't like the characters, there were none that i liked or identified with at all. The plot jumped all over the place going forwards and backwards in the timeline when they jumped from different viewpoints.

One of the viewpoints is taken from a palm reader and you first get the idea that this is going to be about her conning a silly society woman into paying money towards a fellow con artist only this turns out to be a side line story and barely mentioned. The main plot features around the silly society woman's selfish brat of a daughter who has recently broken off her engagement and returned home. Having read the brat's palm and the palm of her friend she spots that a fearful violent death is coming for one and that the other will be a murderer. Sounded intriguing but it wasn't.
My Dad borrowed this book from me without me realising when hunting for something different to read and wishes he hadn't, he agrees that it wasn't very good, didn't like the story the plot or the characters. Book will be going into the bottom of my wardrobe to be forgotten about and never read again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cross My Palm 22 Mar 2013
By Ms Anne C. Dickson VINE VOICE
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Fluff in corsets. Passes the time but I really had to force myself to finish it. The premise was superb - the palmist and her vision of murder - but it didn't hold me as it progressed. I didn't really engage with the characters, even the name. Rose Lee. Could you think of a more cliched name for the gypsy?

It would probably make a jolly good film, just not a great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story with a surprising twist! 28 May 2012
By Mara Greenwood VINE VOICE
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A relatively short book, I devoured this in a little over half a day, and must say that I was quite surprised by the ending, which came totally out of left field.

Essentially the story is based around the predictions of Rose Lee, a gypsy fortune teller, who finds herself getting tangled up in an affair that she probably would have been better to steer well clear of. It features a handsome gypsy, two different women, and an assortment of con artists. It revolves around what some people will do for love, both to gain it, and to gain revenge when it is lost. I don't want to go into any more detail than that, for fear of spoiling the story for future readers!

There are an assortment of intriguing characters in this book, though many of them are quite frankly not very likeable, though pleasantly enough many of them have multiple facets - I've read many books where the good characters are very good, and the bad characters very bad, with none of the more realistic shades of grey. I'm glad to say that in this book, all the characters are cast in shades of grey, which makes a very pleasant change!

All in all, an enjoyable and lightweight read. If you enjoyed Susanna Clarke, you may well enjoy this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I haven't managed to finish yet!
I am really sorry to do this but I have tried to read this book four times and it just never happens! I always end up interrupting for something more interesting! Read more
Published 23 months ago by T. Segurado
3.0 out of 5 stars Cross my Palm
Set in 1860 this is rather a sad tale of a wayward girl of good family. The father is a Lord. The mother entertains her friends with supper parties. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Mrs. Stella White
3.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time, but doesn't engage.
This is the first novel by Sara Stockbridge that I have read. I knew her name, but only in her guise as Vivienne Westwood's muse. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Davywavy2
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing.
I can't quite believe this book currently has a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.....Personally, I found it gripping from start to finish. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by WindsorMummy
2.0 out of 5 stars Too light to be interesting
Rose Lee is a gypsy living in London in the 1860's, where she makes her living as a fortune teller and a small time con artist. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Book 1981
4.0 out of 5 stars captivating and enjoyable
very easy reading and quite un-put-downable!
the tale draws you in from the start with the talents of the palmist gypsy and her nefarious friends. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by Colliesaluki
3.0 out of 5 stars Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
Sarah Stockbridge's tale of fortune-telling, duplicity and death is a mostly entertaining dip into period mystery, told from the perspective of two characters from opposite ends of... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by L. A. Hardy
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat and dull
I love Victorian fiction, whether it's the real McCoy or a historical novel in the hands of someone like Michael Faber or Sarah Waters who both know their stuff through and... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by Sally Zigmond
3.0 out of 5 stars Neat little story
This was a pleasant and entertaining read. Not too deep but enjoyable all the same.
The story is quite easy and pacy and was finished in very quick time. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Spikey Boy
2.0 out of 5 stars Victoriana meets Mills and Boon
I'm sorry, I tried and wanted to like this book but it's very like a Mills and Boon bodice ripper, not quite what the synopsis had led me to expect. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2011 by Lucy Lavande
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