"'I want someone escorted to my shop. ... An account needs to be settled. Kill him if he won't come along.'"

The Cheesemonger is an important player in the Great Game.
 Working with the Cheesemonger

The Cheesemonger's real name is Alice. She prevented Russian and French agents from killing a Master of the Bazaar, but at the price of a good portion of her family (who were also in the business). She is now a fading star, and she's worried someone might murder her soon.

She has a daughter, Catherine, and a sister, for whom a servant at the Shuttered Palace had some affection.