Welcome to the website of Susan Grossey, author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books about financial crime and money laundering.

STOP PRESS:  “Portraits of Pretence” is chosen as Book of the Year 2017 by the Discovering Diamonds book review website!  Read all about it here.

I am the author of the Sam Plank novels, a series of historical financial crime stories set in London in the 1820s – the very late Regency period.  These books have financial crime at their heart, and they are narrated by Sam Plank, a magistrates’ constable* who works in Great Marlborough Street (near where the Liberty department store now stands).  There are four books already published, and a further three are plotted and planned:

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The books are set in consecutive years:

  • “Fatal Forgery” takes place in 1824 and looks at a banker stealing money from his clients
  • “The Man in the Canary Waistcoat” is set in 1825 and deals with investment fraud involving the thrilling new technology of the day – gas lighting
  • “Worm in the Blossom” takes place in 1826 and concerns rather unsavoury bribery and extortion
  • “Portraits of Pretence” is set in 1827 and examines the world of art fraud

The books can stand alone, but – as with many book series – people sometimes prefer to start at the beginning and get to know the characters.  Whichever you choose, I am sure you will enjoy escaping into the world of Regency crime and policing.  They’re widely available in paperback and e-formats: full purchase details on the Purchase page.


* Magistrates’ constables existed in that interesting period between the Bow Street Runners and the Metropolitan Police.  Their specific role was to execute the arrest warrants issued by magistrates, but Sam Plank’s curiosity is such that he soon starts looking more closely at the people he is arresting, and why they do what they are accused of doing.