The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings
The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings (1899) is a collection of connected thriller stories by L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace. Madame Koluchy is the head of a secret society. Why is it secret? Is the leader a master criminal? Excerpt from the book: "THAT a secret society could ever have existed in the London of our day may seem impossible. Such a society, however, not only did exist, but through the instrumentality of a woman of unparalleled capacity and genius, obtained a firm footing. A century ago the Brotherhood of the Seven Kings was a name hardly whispered without horror and fear in Italy, and now, by the fascinations and influence of one woman, it began to accomplish fresh deeds of unparalleled daring and subtlety in London. By the wide extent of its scientific resources, and the impregnable secrecy of its organizations, it threatened to become, a formidable menace to society, as well as a source of serious anxiety to the authorities of the law."