Please welcome Liza O’Connor back to the blog. Since her last visit, Liza has been very busy. Today she’s going to tell you about all the books in her Victorian mystery series. She is also giving away a book to one of you who tells her you want it. Take it away, Liza!
ARE YOU CAUGHT UP?
In case you haven’t even started, allow me to say you have a bunch of fun sleuthing in front of you.
The books are a humorous and serious, Late Victorian Sleuth Series with a tendency towards romantic moments. And for one lucky commenter, I will give you your choice of the books, although I strongly recommend reading in order.
It all starts with The Troublesome Apprentice where the greatest sleuth in England, Xavier Thorn, hires a cheeky troublesome apprentice. To his shock, he discovers the fellow has awoken his heart and “Vic” is actually a young woman of twenty-two. While they work out their complicated personal feelings, they manage to solve five mysteries.
WARNING: Never call Xavier Thorn by the name of “Sherlock Holmes”. Sherlock is a fictional character and any comparison of Xavier to Doyle’s character sends my sleuth into a fit.
With matters resolved between Xavier and Vic, you would think the next book would go along nicely. HA!
In book 2, The Missing Partner, we begin with a sweet interlude of love between our two sleuths, then Xavier returns to a case he’s been working on for Internal Affairs. Vic is left to handle their cases alone while everyone tries to keep her in the dark about Xavier. Only her incredible intuitive skill lets her know the first time she speaks to Chief Inspector Stone of Scotland Yard that Xavier is missing. Her gut tells her he’s in trouble, but so are a great deal other people. With the assistance of Jacko, Sergeant Meyers, Inspector Stone & Dr. Connors, they attempt to save most of the people involved, during which, Vic is so impressed with a criminal’s ability to abduct her, that she hires him onto Xavier’s staff.
Book 2.5, A Right to Love, is not technically part of the X&V series because the pirate Jacko and Vic’s prior friend, Alice, have fallen in love and this is their love story. It’s an odd love story since Jacko is running about trying to keep Vic safe from getting into too much trouble at the same time he is wooing Alice. Time wise, it overlaps book 2.0 and then moves on, only it’s from Jacko’s and Alice’s point of view. It also provides closures on the case close to Alice, so you’ll definitely want to include it in your reading.
In Book 3, The Mesmerist, you’ll be glad Vic hired Tubs to their staff. Had she not, this villain with inexplicable skills would have killed them all. Only Vic contemplates the Mesmerist could be a woman, and only Tubs has the strength to stop her. But in the eyes of many, Tubs was and will always be a criminal and is not to be trusted.
In Book 4, Well Kept Secrets, Their youngest employee, L’il Pete, is devastated when his mum is murdered. Xavier suggests the boy goes to Vic’s home, to be raised by her butler, since he did such a fabulous job with Vic. Meanwhile, they hunt for those involved in Maggie’s death. The case proves to be part of a larger crime, run by a parliament member. Jacko is called up from the country to assist, while Tubs is sidelined, since everyone in the lower docks knows him. And it turns out the non-faithful use of condoms didn’t work for Xavier & Vic.
In Book 5, Pack of Trouble, while hiding out at Jacko’s Spanish home, Vic almost dies giving birth to her son. Fortunately, Dr. Connors arrives in time to perform a Cesarean and save both Vic and the baby. That’s only the beginning of the abuse poor Vic endures. When they return to England, the first day back, Vic gets abducted. While everyone is trying to find her, the one who actually ferrets her out will surprise you. Vic comes out of the ordeal with a great deal of broken bones, and in her era, bones were not set, they were normally sawed off if they were broken. Fortunately, Tubs possesses the art of bone setting. Still, Vic does not enjoy being on the sidelines, thus she begins her own investigation while she’s in a wheel chair and covered in casts. She has her new driver Samson and Tubs carry her and her wheel chair about town.
And book 6? Yes the series continues, but it won’t come out until 2016, so read the others and be patient.
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
Liza is the author of 14 full length novels. Next on her plate is a Science fiction series (with romance) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015.
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