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Alex Reeve

  • Original Title: LEO STANHOPE
  • Publication date: May 2018
  • Publisher: RAVEN BOOKS
  • Country: GB
  • 384 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Emancipation, PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Resilience, Double identity, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, CHARACTERS, Search for the truth, Death, Moral dilemma, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Discriminations, Intolerance, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, Minorities, Looking back on one's life


In 1880 a transgender coroner assistant is wrongly accused of killing Maria, a prostitute he was actually in love with. He investigates at the risk of seeing his secret exposed.


Book 1:
Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger 2019
Shortlisted for the inaugural Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize 2019
A Richard and Judy Book Club 2019 pick

Translation rights sold: France, US, Netherlands, Japan

Debut. Good start to a historical crime series.

Book #2; THE ANARCHISTS' CLUB, longlisted for the 2020 Dagger Awards, category best historical crime novel, Sapere Books Historical Dagger

Book #3, THE BUTCHER OF BERNER STREET, to be published in November 2020

Alex Reeve has worked in business publishing and is now working on a PhD. First in a new crime series, sold to Bloomsbury/Raven in a 2bk deal.



When the body of a young woman is wheeled into the hospital where Leo Stanhope works, his life is thrown into chaos. Maria, the woman he loves, has been murdered and it is not long before the finger of suspicion is turned on him, threatening to expose his lifelong secret.
For Leo Stanhope was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend, but knowing he was meant to be a man – despite the evidence of his body – he fled his family home at just fifteen and has been living as Leo ever since. Desperate to find Maria's killer, he now stands to lose not just his freedom, but ultimately his life.

Report available (Book 1)
Books #2 & #3

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