Madeleine E. Robins

Madeleine Robins may have invented the Regency Noir detective story, and likes to play with history, reality, and the odd sword.

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Writing gives Madeleine Robins the chance to focus on many fascinations: with cities, history, swordplay, the history of disease, and the future of mankind–with a side order of historical costuming and urban infrastructure. Robins has had a checkered career that includes being a nanny, an editor, and a stage-combatant, as well as the author of a dozen books. She holds a degree in Theatre Studies from Connecticut College, and attended the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop in 1981. She is a founding member of the BookViewCafe, and now blogs bi-weekly at A lifelong and passionate fan of all things urban, Robins now lives in San Francisco, where her day job is at the American Bookbinders Museum.

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By Madeleine E. Robins

In the great city-state of Meviel, manners and status–and the family luck–can steer a person’s fate–or change it utterly.

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