Maybe somebody was taking Shakespeare too literally. The first book of Marian Allen’s projected mystery series begins with a hit-and-run. The victim: an assistant district attorney with a vast wealth of people who, at the very least, didn’t mourn his passing.
Juss — Injustice H. Chocolate (named and raised by hippies) — questions the usefulness of her Life Coach work and hires a secretary to prove its importance. Prim and efficient Kerry Dashingly can hardly wait to tell his wife that his latest secretary temp job is in a miniature castle in a neighborhood of Disneyesque architecture. Kerry hasn’t even begun when he gets a call from his hapless cousin, Abby: A man she openly hated is dead, and the police found unspecified evidence in the back of her car. Juss immediate attaches herself to the problem, determined to help, even if it kills her.
Spadena Street is a two-block Storybook Style neighborhood with a past as corporate housing for privileged employees of a now-defunct factory. Some of its mysteries are connected to that past, some are connected to the characters of the people who lived there or live there now. Some are connected only by the networks of the current residents. Some just are.
Centuries ago, back when the Old Gods first fled the Mortal Realm . . .” Apollo and Athena, fallen god and goddess, respectively, of the arts and the sciences, linger in the shadows of the bar where Neptune regales his patrons with jokes. Also lurking in these writings are, among other wonders, a congenial vampire-detective who, with Ben Franklin, courts a lovely automaton that blows poison kisses; a grieving colonist on Mars grappling with meaning and religious doubt; a trio of canoe-transporting raccoons; a young woman mathematician approaching the mystery of her absent father, the notorious Romantic poet Lord Byron; and a Walden-carrying, Hoosier Everyboy trying to map the Alaskan wilds.
Elderly priest of Holy Sweet Micah, Aunt Libby, leaves her parish in a huff and walks into danger. Not from the tough young mercreature who robs her, not from the pragmatic waterfront restaurateur who gives her the briefest possible shelter, but from fellow priests.
“Reaver” priests, mercenary and cynical, have driven all true priests out of Port Novo and plan to expand their power as far as possible. One old woman isn’t going to stand in their way.
Per Bastet Publications is delighted to release the latest from T. Lee Harris: A new Byron Peale adventure!
San Francisco, 1890. Byron Cyrus Peale is a vampire, but he is far from the most dangerous person in town. A ruthless Shanghai ring is abducting citizens and visitors alike, selling them to ships’ captains who need crew and don’t care where they get them. Peale faces danger from all sides. Floyd Kaetin – A tough, savvy police captain who knows Peale’s secret and wants to use his supernatural abilities to break up the ring. Zhao Conguyn – Owner of the Golden Rain Pavilion Saloon who isn’t aware of his friend’s secret, yet unknowingly threatens to expose it. Ignatius Dulmage – A young police inspector, charged with acting as Peale’s minder. He takes his task seriously. Claire Ashford – The beautiful widow who threatens to invade his heart — with dire consequences. And the crimps who mistake him for just another warm body.
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