The Troublesome Apprentice will be on sale for 99 cents for a week (June 29-July 5th) to celebrate the arrival of the latest book in my neverending series...unless I die, then I'm done.
In case you are caught somewhere in between book 2 and 8, here's a brief catchup:
The Amazon link to each book listed below is Hyperlinked to the name of each book for your convenience.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
The CrimeLords’ War — Vic is almost killed twice as she tries to prevent a CrimeLords’ War, stop a female Russian spy, and locate Xavier.
Toxic Diamonds — The Queen’s Diamonds have been stolen, Director Stone of Scotland Yard is missing, and there is a toxic gas that may kill hundreds of Londoners.
There you have it...until I write another one...
Want to know a bit more about the latest addition???
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Solved:
The Worst Minister of Internal Affairs
Educating Scotland Yard
The Demented Wasp Returns
Vic meets the Spy Master
A Troublesome Sister
Determining whom to trust is getting very hard, indeed. This may be the most trying cases imaginable. Director Stone has gone missing and it appears Ministers of Parliament are involved. Xavier is arrested and placed in a jail meant to kill him, while Vic, disguised as a woman, attempts to locate the Minister of External Affairs and ask for his help.
Everyone is called in to assist: Jacko, his wife Alice, their son Pete, Samson the Crime Lord, David and Claire, Tubs and his wife Sara, the boys: Cannon and Ham, plus the bloodhound Arroo.
The Wasp who escaped punishment for her attempts to murder her bigamist husband’s first wife last year is back. Vic discovers love letters between Ben, their terrible secretary, and the Wasp. Worse yet, he shared Xavier’s financial advice with the Wasp, making her and her husband very wealthy.
With Stone missing, and Barns and Meyers stretched to their limits, Vic decides it’s time to train more of the Scotland Yard officers in intuitive and deductive reasoning. While only half the class makes it through her two-day course, everyone is pleased with her results.
Finally, be warned: Vic’s sister, Claire, is becoming more difficult than ever. Gregory thinks she is going mad.
Vic studied each of the men for a long while. Several wore smirks, evidently believing they knew far more than she did about investigating crimes. “A beautiful young woman with the tiniest of waists comes to our office and speaks to my secretary, a young man of sixteen. She tells him she’s lost her husband.”
“Write down what your first question to the woman would be. Be certain to sign your page so I know who wrote what.”
When she received the answers, she was rather disappointed. “How may I help you?” was the answer ten of them gave. The other two wished her to explain how she had ‘lost’ a husband.”
“For the ten of you who said, ‘How may I help you?’ You may leave and return to your jobs.”
“But that’s what we are taught to say,” a young officer protested.
All the men nodded.
“Then sit back down. But for the record, if you provide another question like that, I will send you from the room. I understand the need to be polite, but you also need to get to the point while you’re being polite.”
“What do we know about this woman so far? Write it down.”
“They all came back with some version of ‘she’s pretty’.
Vic rolled her eyes. “What about her tiny waist? What does that tell you about this woman?”
None had a clue.
Vic discussed the pain, possible breaking of ribs, and the debilitating reduction of air capacity. “Now what does that tell you about this woman?”
She had to say this for the men. They quickly caught on and suggested “she’s insane” and “she’ll do anything to catch a rich husband”.
Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
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