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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Conspiracy of Lies (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Embroiderer (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seraphina's Song (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Carpet Weaver of Usak (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poseidon Network (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of the Grand Hôtel du Lac (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue Dolphin (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Viennese Dressmaker (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Song of the Partisans (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Code Name Camille (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Darkest Hour(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wish You Were Here - Holiday Memories(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Kathryn Gauci is a bestselling historical fiction author from Melbourne Australia. The author was born in Leicestershire, England, and went to Lough borough Colege of Art where she studied textile design. She would later major in carpet technology and design at the Kidderminster College of Design and Art.

Following her graduation from college, she would spend years in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Thereafter, she moved to Greece and found a job working for an Athens-based carpet designer for half a dozen years.

She would then move to New Zealand for a brief period and ultimately settled down in Melbourne, Australia. Before she became a full-time author, she was the owner of a Melbourne-based textile design studio, which she ran for more than fifteen years.
She has said that she tremendously enjoyed the work since it made it possible for her to travel across the world in luxury. She also had the opportunity to explore other cultures as she often got off the beaten track at her job.
Her debut novel The Embroiderer was a compilation of all those years of travel and design and particularly the glorious years when she worked and lived in Greece as a youth.

Growing up, Kathryn Gauci always had a strong sense of adventure as she often felt a strong desire to go over the rainbow. Some of her earliest stories, while she was in school, were all about adventure. Aged just 12 she penned “Adventure in Spain” and still has the manuscript decades later.

She was also very creative and just could not have enough coloring books and in primary school, she started copy-painting the works of the masters in addition to making her own clothes.
Kathryn remembers that she used to be obsessed with big band-era music and watched films such as “The Third Man” and “Casablanca.”

However, it was in Athens and in Vienna that she saw firsthand the impact of war on people in Europe. She talked to many people that experienced it and also walked through the hardest-hit areas.

Despite not having any professional creative writing training, he managed to become one of the most popular authors in the space. For Kathryn Gauci, the most important thing about her success is a good imagination, determination, hard work, and meticulous research.

When Kathryn Gauci finally decided to become an author, it was a no-brainer that she would pen historical fiction. She has been interested in history for a very long time ever since she was a child. As a child, she lived in an English village and used to wander through the many historical ruins and churchyards in the area.

These experiences made her imagination run wild and hence when she decided she was going to be a professional author, there was only one genre she considered. She wanted to be steeped in history and get to walk with ghosts from the past.
Kathryn began writing after years of running a very successful carpet and textile design business. While she loved traveling and designing, she ultimately felt it was time she made a change.

In the latter years of running her business, she was working on Art Deco, Regency, and Baroque styles all the way to urban, tribal, and ethnic living and really enjoyed doing the storyboards. This was the time she discovered that she needed to turn her writing into a career.

Kathryn Gauci’s “The Secret of the Grand Hotel du Lac” is a work set in 1944 that was inspired by true events. Given its nature, it comes with characters that are composites of real-life villains and heroes.

Rather than the desperation and fear of espionage and counterintelligence of wartime, this s a more emotive softer, and deadly suspense-filled work similar to that of John Carre.

The lead in the novel is a British agent named Elizabeth that is working for the Special Operations Executive. But this is just part of executing a cloak-and-dagger field operation to provide supplies and arms to the French Resistance.
Most of the people working in the cloak and dagger network are ordinary French citizens. These are heroes engaged in an all-out but low-key fight to destroy or at least slow down the Nazi regime.

Deployed to France then occupied by the Nazis, Elizabeth takes on an assumed identity. But it is not only about not getting her cover blown as she has to deal with the vagaries of war at their most terrifying.

Things are made even more complicated by the fact that she has been charged with finding the trail of an initially failed mission to find Guy Maxwell, a missing agent who also happens to be her husband.

“The Viennese Dressmaker” by Kathryn Gauci is an unforgettable and powerful story of a woman’s incredible drive to protect her loved ones against incredible odds and a will to survive.

The work is set in 1938 in Vienna where Christina Lehmann is one of the leading couturiers in Austria and is at the highest end of Viennese society. Max Houser the renowned painter who is her lover, is at the height of his career but he is harboring a dark secret.
With the Gestapo meticulous in their operations and investigations, it is only a matter of time before he is found out. The situation is turned on its head when there is an escalation in the pogroms against the Jews in Austria.

Things come even closer home when one of Lehmann’s seamstresses that happened to be Jewish was brutally murdered. Looking to protect her couture house and Max her boyfriend, Lehmann begins living a double life.

But she still has to live in the dark shadow of Nazi mistrust, fear, and oppression fueled by old grudges that go back hundreds of years. As the city descends into disillusionment, hunger, and chaos will what she has done be enough to save her business and her lover, or will everything end in tragedy?

“Conspiracy of Lies” is the powerful story of how one woman struggles to balance a love she knows is destined to end in tragedy and duty to her country. The work is set in 1940 and Claire Bouchard runs from France just as the Nazis are about to march into Paris.
Two years later some members of the Special Operations Executive managed to convince her to work for them and go back to France to help the Resistance. She works as a teacher undercover and unintentionally makes friends with the wife of the Commandant of Rennes who happens to be a German.

But their fledgling friendship is about to become very dangerous. Since she knows that her actions could impact thousands of lives, Claire starts a double life and becomes the mistress of a Gestapo Commandant.
She does this so that he can get access to vital information that the allied invasion of France needs. But the deception is more painful than she ever thought it would be mostly due to ghosts from her past.

Part thriller, part romance and part historical it is a story of secrecy, heartbreak, and courage.

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