A Mouthful of Bread

Lucy Hall, a dancer at the Black Cat Theatre in 1930s London, gets herself into all kinds of adventures.

This time, it’s all about bread: at the theatre where it’s passing hands and at Shadwell Docks where people kill for it.

Will the garters hold? will the murderers be found? And will Luce and her lover have time for each other?

Second in the Secrets of a Dancing Girl series.

Age Range: Adult
Size: 111mm x 178mm
Format: Paperback Original
Pages: 112
Word Count: 23,000
Published: April 2018
ISBN: 978-1-908577-75-7
RRP: UK £5.99

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The arch to our left was the one we were looking for. Dropping the contents of the parcel in there meant not only that James was going to stay out of jail, but that two unsavoury characters were going to hang.

  • Extract: Battered

    Extract: Battered

    Rather stupidly I had forgotten that I was wearing a short-sleeved shirt. Barney jumped at the sight of the two nasty bruises on my forearms where the attacker’s knees had pinned me down. He grabbed my wrists and lifted my arms to get a better look. He was angry and his gaze conveyed the extent to which he felt betrayed.
    “Lucy,” he said, his voice far too controlled. “What did you do? What have they done to you?”
    “It’s all right, Barnaby, really,” I pleaded, trying to free my wrists from his grip. “It looks worse than it is, I promise.”
    “Fine,” he said, kissing my wrists before laying them down in my lap. “Start talking.”

  • Author


    Cecily Riley, a journey towards writing.
    I started writing in my early teens, the imaginary worlds I summoned up being far more interesting and kind than life at school. I kept with it, going from novellas to poetry, from novels to plays and movie scripts until, like two comets meeting and sending off sparkles, the ideas of a) sexy novellas and b) a dancer named Naughty Luce came together in June 2017. Ever since then, I have been with those characters, listening to their adventures and trying to keep up with writing them down.

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