In the Garden of Spite/Triflers Need Not Apply

US: Out now from Berkley
UK: Out now from Michael Joseph 


An audacious novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history–and the men who drove her to it.

They whisper about her in Chicago. Men come to her with their hopes, their dreams–their fortunes. But no one sees them leave. No one sees them at all after they come to call on the Widow of La Porte.

The good people of Indiana may have their suspicions, but if those fools knew what she’d given up, what was taken from her, how she’d suffered, surely they’d understand. Belle Gunness learned a long time ago that a woman has to make her own way in this world. That’s all it is. A bloody means to an end. A glorious enterprise meant to raise her from the bleak, colorless drudgery of her childhood to the life she deserves. After all, vermin always survive.

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Praise for In the Garden of Spite/
Triflers Need Not Apply:

“Riveting! Camilla, high-five! Amazing work!”—Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered

In the Garden of Spite is a chilling, pitch-perfect novel that should finally make Belle Gunness a household name. A superb and unforgettable read.”—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of A Murderous Relation

“Got me out of a reading slump! Dark glee, tragedy . . . fans of my story The Corset will gobble this up.” —Laura Purcell

“Dark, twisted and dangerously addictive”—Sam Lloyd

“A brutal and compelling tale that starts as a revenge story but quickly becomes so much more. Clever, shocking and horrific in places, it’s the sort of book for which the phrase ‘page-turner’ was invented.”—Lucie McKnight Hardy

“Come for the fabulous premise, stay for the razor-sharp portrait of a marvelously complex (and often totally terrifying) mind. I was a big fan of You Let Me In, but Camilla Bruce has absolutely outdone herself with Bella Sorensen and Triflers Need Not Apply. ”—Laird Hunt

“Deliciously dark, wickedly observed with a protagonist who will haunt you in the best way. Utterly gripping, chillingly compelling – you won’t read another story quite like Bella’s.”—Miranda Dickinson

“Loved this fascinating tale of how a woman’s pain turns to rage and then murder. Based on the real life adventures of serial killer Belle Gunness, this book is a dark, thrilling ride into a world of revenge. Oh so satisfying.” —Julie Owen Moylan

“Triflers Need Not Apply is a perfect read for any crime fiction fan. A chilling immersion into the mind of a serial killer – dark, seductive and addictive. A truly gripping read.”—Lia Middleton

Praise From the Press:

“Mesmerizing…Fans of fictionalized treatments of notorious murderers will be fascinated.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Bruce uses a framework of fact to create fiction that horrifies…[a] grisly historical thriller.”—Booklist

“Based on a true story, with dark humour throughout, you will be hooked.”—Prima

“Extraordinary. Bruce does a marvellous job of reimagining this real-life murderer, without excusing her crimes.”— The Times

“This gory fictionalisation of her story is also a great character study.”—Best