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:

“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

“Explosive . . . If you like true crime, you’ll devour this chilling story of revenge” ― Woman

“Clever and pacy . . . To think of [Bella] only as a cruel murderer is too two-dimensional and doesn’t do her, or Camilla’s writing, justice ― Belfast Telegraph

“Chilling. Camilla Bruce’s adept reimagining of this compelling historical figure is difficult to forget” ― Gazette and Herald

“You’ll veer between pity and loathing for the main character, with perhaps a touch of horrified admiration at times” ― The Hunsbury Handbook