The Murderer’s Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel

By Erika Mailman

Bram Stoker Award finalist Erika Mailman brings the true story of the brutal murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother into new focus by adding a riveting contemporary narrative.

The Murderer’s Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life.

Trapped by servitude and afraid for her own safety, Irish maid Bridget finds herself an unwilling witness to the tensions in the volatile Borden household. As Lizzie seethes with resentment, Bridget tries to perform her duties and keep her mouth shut.

Unknowingly connected to the legendary crime of a century ago, Brooke, the illegitimate daughter of an immigrant maid, struggles to conceal her identity and stay a jump ahead of the men who want to kill her. When she unexpectedly falls in love with Anthony, a local attorney, she has to decide whether to stop running and begin her life anew.

With historical detail and taut, modern storytelling, Erika Mailman writes a captivating novel about identity, choices, freedom, and murder. She offers readers a fresh perspective on the notorious crime and explores the trials of immigrants seeking a better life while facing down fear and oppression, today and throughout history. Intelligent and detailed, The Murderer’s Maid is a gripping read from beginning to bloody conclusion.

Hardcover, 398 pages
5 ½ by 8 ½ inches

Praise for The Murderer’s Maid

Gold medalist in Historical Fiction for 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Winner, 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards: Historical Fiction Category

“Fascinating, mesmerizing, and so darkly atmospheric that you keep looking over your shoulder as you read.”
—Diana Gabaldon, internationally bestselling author of the Outlander series

“A complex and riveting parallax view of domestic crimes, decades apart.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Erika Mailman’s kaleidoscopic narrative melds true crime, historical fiction, and elements of a psychological thriller, all hinging on a singular question: ‘Who isn’t a survivor from the wreckage of childhood?’”
—Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Foreword Reviews

The Murderer’s Maid is a fascinating and deeply chilling tale. Erika Mailman weaves a story that is by turns poignant, compelling, and murderously suspenseful.”
—Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic’s Daughter

“Precise detailing that puts the reader right in the action”
—Kathy Sexton, Booklist Online

“Erika Mailman writes a page turner of a thriller that will fascinate as well as terrify.”
—D. R. Meredith, New York Journal of Books

“Erika Mailman brings to life the story of the Borden murders, inflating new life into the oft-told tale by using the perspective of the Bordens’ maid, Bridget, and divulging a present-day account of a young, unknowing descendant of Lizzie’s.”
—Wendy Zollo, Historical Novel Review

“Elegant and evocative.”
—Lyn Squire, Seattle Book Review

“Erika Mailman presents an inherently compelling novel that will prove to be a riveting read from cover to cover.”
—Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review

“In Mailman’s capable hands, history comes alive—and that can be a very scary thing.”
Colby Magazine

“A cracking-good yarn by Erika Mailman.”
Oroville Mercury Register

“Historical novelist and Bram Stoker Award finalist Erika Mailman gives the Lizzie Borden story a new twist in The Murderer’s Maid.”
—Lauren Daley, South Coast Today

“[Mailman] weaves together the past and present into a compelling read.”
—Sara Hodon, Compulsive Reader

“Replete with historical detail and intense emotion, Bridget’s side of the story gave a point of view that I have never heard before.”
100 Pages a Day

“Presents a thoughtful look at the lives of recent immigrants who find themselves in precarious situations.”
A Book Geek

“Erika Mailman is such an immensely gifted storyteller….What an incredible book!”
Pursuing Stacie

“Mailman really brings Lizzie to life.”
Poppy Coburn

“A thoroughly engrossing work perfect for fans of both historical fiction and true crime.”
What Cathy Read Next

“I highly highly recommend this book and would give it 100 stars if I could.”
Locks, Hooks, and Books

“I found this story to be completely riveting.…the descriptions of Lizzie were especially creepy.”
So Many Books, So Little Time

“If you love historical fiction or even just love Lizzie Borden, then you must read this!”
WS Momma Readers Nook

“It’s been a couple of days since I finished reading The Murderer’s Maid by Erika Mailman, and I still get a little shiver when I see the cover!”
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