Kate Mosse’s books in order

Kate Mosse is beloved for her epic historical fiction books, including The Burning Chambers series.

20/04/2022
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Kate Mosse smiles to camera next to the covers of her books The Burning Chambers and The City of Tears

Kate Mosse is the award-winning author of eight novels, unmissable short story collections, essays, non-fiction, and a much-loved playwright. Her books, which have amassed fans all over the world, include the multimillion-selling Languedoc trilogy which began with the unmissable Labyrinth, and the bestselling new series, The Burning Chambers.

In Kate Mosse's Burning Chambers series, she takes readers on a thrilling journey from 16th-century France to Paris, Amsterdam, London and beyond, in a gripping story of love, betrayal and divided loyalties. 

Here we share everything you need to know about Kate Mosse's books, as well as all of The Burning Chambers books in order. 

If you can’t get enough historical fiction, don’t miss our edit of the best historical fiction books. 


What is Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers series about?

The Burning Chambers series covers three hundred years of history, beginning with Sunday Times bestselling historical fiction novel The Burning Chambers, set in France in 1562. The adventure continues in the second book in the series, The City of Tears, set in Paris, Chartres and Amsterdam in 1572. Here, Kate gives readers a taste of what’s in store throughout the series.

The Burning Chambers trilogy by Kate Mosse: Everything You Need to Know

‘This is historical fiction to devour. Nobody does it like Kate Mosse’
Anthony Horowitz on The Burning Chambers



Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers books in order

The Burning Chambers

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for The Burning Chambers

Book one in The Burning Chambers series

Beginning in Carcassonne in 1562, The Burning Chambers is a thrilling adventure and a heartbreaking love story set against the backdrop of the religious wars in France. When nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter reading only SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE, she realises she must decipher this mysterious message. But before she has a chance she meets Piet Reydon, a young Huguenot convert with a dangerous mission of his own, and her world is changed forever . . .

The City of Tears

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for The City of Tears

Book two in The Burning Chambers series

The gripping sequel to The Burning Chambers is set in France in 1572, where the Wars of Religion have been raging for ten violent years. The country has been torn apart over matters of religion, citizenship and sovereignty, but a royal wedding may mean peace at last. When Minou Joubert receives an invitation to this historic wedding, she has no idea that in the days following the marriage her own family will be ripped apart and one of her children will disappear without trace. 

‘A gorgeously written, utterly absorbing epic and, despite being set in the sixteenth century, has some very pertinent messages for our time’
Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party

In this video, Kate tells readers more about the adventure that awaits them in The Burning Chambers.

Kate Mosse introduces her book The Burning Chambers



Kate Mosse's Languedoc trilogy books in order

Labyrinth

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for Labyrinth

Book one in the Languedoc trilogy

Labyrinth tells the story of Alais and Alice – the first a young woman in thirteenth-century Carcassone who is given a strange book by her father which purports to hold the mystery of the true Grail, the second who discovers two skeletons in a cave in the French Pyrenees in 2005. Seeing a labyrinth symbol carved in the cave wall, Alice realises she has uncovered an unsettling secret: a link to the remote and dangerous past.

Sepulchre

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for Sepulchre

Book two in the Languedoc trilogy

In 1891, seventeen-year-old Leonie Vernier, having fled Paris for the sanctuary of her aunt's house near Carcassonne, soon stumbles across a ruined sepulchre and a mystery whose traces are written in blood.

In 2007, Meredith Martin arrives in Carcassonne to research a biography. But during the search for the key to her own complex legacy, she becomes immersed in the story of a tragic love, a missing girl, a unique deck of tarot cards and the strange events of one cataclysmic night a century ago . . .

Citadel

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for Citadel

Book three in the Languedoc trilogy

It's 1942, and in Nazi-occupied France, Sandrine – a brave and vivacious nineteen-year-old – is drawn into 'Citadel', a Resistance group in Carcassonne comprised of ordinary women who are prepared to risk everything to fight for what is right.

This unmissable war novel is a story of courage and passion that asks, when the enemy lurks in every shadow, when neighbour turns on neighbour and friends disappear without a trace . . . is love enough?



Standalone books by Kate Mosse

The Black Mountain: Quick Reads 2022

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for The Black Mountain: Quick Reads 2022

May, 1706. Ana, a young Spanish woman, lives in a small town on the north-west coast of Tenerife which lies in the shadow of a mighty volcano. Legend says the volcano is home to the Devil himself, but for thousands of years it has stood quietly idle, posing no threat.

That is until one day, when Ana notices that the air feels strange and heavy. The birds have stopped singing. As she tends the family vineyard, a sudden strange tremor in the earth frightens her. Very soon it will be a race against time for Ana to help persuade the town that they are in danger and should flee before the volcano erupts and destroys their world. Will they listen? And Ana herself faces another danger . . .

The Taxidermist’s Daughter

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for The Taxidermist’s Daughter

In 1912 in a Sussex churchyard, villagers gather on the evening when the spirits of those who will die in the coming year will be seen. Staying aloof is Constantia, the 17-year-old taxidermist's daughter, who lives amongst the remnants of her father's stuffed creations. The bell rings out, and nobody sees a gloved hand reach for a flint. When the bell's notes fade, a woman is found dead. As the village prepares for the highest tide of the season, Connie comes under suspicion. Is she an innocent victim? Or are there stranger and more sinister forces at work?

The Winter Ghosts

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for The Winter Ghosts

For Freddie Watson, the great war has taken his much-loved brother, and his peace of mind. He spends long tracts of time in a sanatorium recovering, but in 1928 departs on a journey through the French Pyrenees. Freddie's car skids off the mountain road. Staggering into the woods, he comes to a small village, where beautiful Fabrissa is also steeped in loss. They share stories, and uncover a centuries' old mystery over the course of a magical, troubling, haunting night.

An Extra Pair of Hands

by Kate Mosse

Book cover for An Extra Pair of Hands

Kate Mosse's much-loved non-fiction book shares the story of what it is like to care for those we love. 

In her own life, Kate has cared for her father and mother, and for her 90-year-old mother-in-law, Granny Rosie. Through this, she has experienced the joys, challenges and frustrations shared by an invisible army of carers.

At the heart of providing care, lie everyday acts of love and the realisation that, at some point in our lives, most of us will come to rely on an extra pair of hands.


Meet Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is loved by her fans for her sweeping historical fiction series The Burning Chambers, but she is also the author of nine novels and short story collections, including her enthralling gothic novel The Taxidermist’s Daughter, the haunting ghost story The Winter Ghosts and her spooky short story collection The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales. Kate bought a little house within the medieval city walls of Carcassonne in 1989, and it was her time in the city where she became inspired by the landscape, the beauty and the history of the region – that helped Kate become the writer she is.  

Here, Kate introduces herself and explains how she’s inspired to write her novels by ordinary people who are left out of the history books.

Meet Kate Mosse


Find out more about Kate Mosse’s books and her writing process

The best historical fiction is meticulously researched, immersing the reader in a completely different time and place. Here Kate Mosse tells us how she researched her gripping novel The Burning Chambers, including making a trip to southern Africa. 

How Does Kate Mosse Do Her Research?