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Publisher's Summary

The explosive new novel from the number one best seller. Now with an exclusive interview with Kimberley Chambers at the end of the audiobook.

Before the Butlers came Queenie....

Whitechapel in the 1930s was not an easy place to be brought up, and when the war came, those with nothing were hit the hardest. Queenie watched her family struggle and learned her lessons the hard way. When she was a little girl, there was one thing Queenie knew - she was going to get out of this.... And then tall, dark and handsome Alfie Butler walks into her life and gives Queenie her ticket out.

One rushed wedding later, the real trouble begins. As the Krays make their mark on the East End, Queenie realises what it takes for an East End girl to really succeed. Despite his good looks, Alfie Butler has no backbone, so Queenie looks to her sons. She will make men out of these boys. They won't be weak like their father; they will be as strong as their mother. They will rule the East End, and finally Queenie will get her wish. Her boys - Roy, Vinny and Michael - will make sure their mother's name becomes East End legend....

If you want to find out what happens to Queenie and her boys, there is the first chapter of The Trap - the first in the best-selling Butler series - at the end of this audiobook. 

©2019 Kimberley Chambers (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"If you enjoy tough, gritty crime novels, you will love this book." (Rachel Abbott)

"A great read from one of our favourite crime writers." (Closer)  

"I'm a big fan of Kimberley Chambers. For me Life of Crime is her best book yet. Brutally realistic, epic in scale and with a twist I didn't see coming." (Jaime Raven) 

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  • Steve Cross
  • 02-26-20

Sadly a little dull

I have listen to many of this style of book. However, this one falls way below my interest level would tolerate. I struggled to listen to the children’s stories but the first few chapters in the war years were better.

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  • 01-24-20

Disappointing

I have been looking forward to this book for so long!
Sadly it’s nowhere near as good as the other Butler books

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  • Nessa
  • 01-24-20

Bloody Brilliant!

I LoVed this and the narrator Annie Aldington was Perfect for reading this wonderful story.
One of Kimberley's best! It had me LOL and in tears in some places! Perfect in so many ways.

Highly recommend this wonderful book x

A story that will be with me a very long time x

Thanks Kimberley You are the Best!!!

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  • Anne Trayhurn
  • 03-02-20

Tedious

I thought this would be a good book about the life of the East End of London. How wrong I was, everybody is all happy and jolly on the whole. and there isn’t any action or a decent story line. It is a boring book to listen to and I had to leave the book without finishing it.

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  • PAUL
  • 02-06-20

fantastic

great story absolutely loved it well worth listening to. Kimberly has told a very entertaining story and it was brilliantly narrated loved it

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  • susan booker
  • 01-24-20

Brilliant

The best Kimberley Chambers book yet. I've loved all this series and I love this narrator.

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  • Marlyn Currie
  • 04-12-22

Kimberly Chambers does not disappoint.

Loved this book. I have read all her books and the Butlers, Mitchell's and O' Hara series. Annie Aldington is a Brilliant narrator. I recommend all this series. Queenie was the icing on the cake. Can't wait for her next book. she's definitely my favourite author. All the Butler and Mitchell books . Think there are 8 or nine books all together.

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  • michala
  • 11-30-21

Brilliant

Well. What can i say? Apart from thank you. I read the series, then read this. The background. I'm just gutted it's over. My very favourite author. Read by my favourite reader. Thank you.

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  • Lucy
  • 05-27-21

Fantastic

Fantastic origins story, brought to life by another wonderful performance by Annie Aldington. Throughly enjoyable

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  • Christine Williams
  • 05-26-21

pure East End enjoyment

loved this story of the East End family the Butlers Quennie is a proper matriach