The Fugitive Colours

The Fugitive Colours

The highly anticipated follow-up to the sweeping historical thriller The Blue.

As Genevieve Sturbridge struggles to keep her silk design business afloat, she must face the fact that London in 1764 is very much a man’s world. Men control the arts and sciences, men control politics and law. And men definitely control women.

A Huguenot living in Spitalfields, Genevieve one day receives a surprise invitation from an important artist. Grasping at the promise of a better life, she dares to hope her luck is about to change and readies herself for an entry into the world of serious art.

She soon learns that for the portrait painters ruling over the wealthy in London society, fame and fortune are there for the taking. But such high stakes spur rivalries that darken to sabotage and blackmail—and even murder. And watching from the shadows are ruthless spies who wish harm to all of England.

Genevieve begins to suspect that her own secret past, when she was caught up in conspiracy and betrayal, has more to do with her entrée into London society than her talent. One wrong move could cost her not just her artistic dreams but the love of those she holds dear … and even her life.

A sequel to Nancy Bilyeau’s The BlueThe Fugitive Colours again reveals a dazzling world of glamour and treachery in Georgian England, when beauty held more value than human life.

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Praise For The Fugitive Colours

“Readers will wallow in the fascinating history, all the while admiring Genevieve’s pluck. Bilyeau reliably entertains.”
Publishers Weekly

The Fugitive Colours is a book you’ll have trouble putting down!”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye

“The Best Books to Read in May”: The Fugitive Colours 
Town & Country magazine

“A cracking historical spy thriller”
Historical Novel Society

“Set in Georgian-era London, The Fugitive Colours is an immersive historical mystery full of surprising twists”
Foreword Reviews

“A worthy successor to Nancy Bilyeau’s excellent The Blue. Genevieve Planché is back with another edge-of-your-seat mystery, packed with fascinating characters and rich, well-researched historical detail. The Fugitive Colours proves that Bilyeau is one of the best authors of historical thrillers working today.”
—Olivia Hawker, bestselling author of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

“The world of eighteenth-century London comes vividly to life in Nancy Bilyeau’s The Fugitive Colours. Highly recommended.”
—Finola Austin, author of Bronte’s Mistress

“It’s a heady brew that Bilyeau mixes up, served up in the finest of crystalline prose.”
—Timothy Miller, author of The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter

“Recommended for readers who enjoyed The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton, andThe Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier.”
—Laurel Ann Nattress,