In 1884, Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London flat to find a gold watch on his pillow. But he has bigger things to worry about than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, where he has just received a bomb threat. Six months later, the mysterious watch saves Thaniel's life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, and at last, he goes in search of its maker - a strange Japanese man called Keita Mori who has, among talents for clockwork and baking, the ability to tell the future. When physicist Grace Carrow enters the scene, events spiral beyond Thaniel's control.
'Elegant plotting, lashings of invention and jump-off-the-page characterisation' Guardian
'Immensely pleasureable reading ... Intricate, charming and altogether surprising' New York Times, Editor's Choice