Liza O'Connor Has A New Release!
Prince Rupert’s drops take center stage in this story. What is a Prince Rupert’s drop? They are teardrop-shaped bits of glass which are produced by allowing a molten drop of glass to fall into a bucket of water, thereby rapidly cooling it. They can withstand a blow from a hammer on the bulbous end without breaking, but the drops will disintegrate explosively into powder if the tail end is even slightly damaged.
Someone has discovered, using a hollow glass tube, how to inject a highly lethal gas into the drop before it hardens in the water.
Determining who 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.
Be warned, Vic’s sister, Claire, is becoming more difficult than ever. Gregory thinks she is going mad.
Vic retrieves a Prince Rupert Drop
sitting on Xavier’s head without killing them all.
“Well done, Victor,” Carlson stated. “I don’t believe another man in my unit could have done it half so quickly.”
“It was a team effort, and it is too early to celebrate anything. We still need to secure the glass ball and get Xavier out of here. Not to mention you need to take control of this investigation.”
“Allow me to handle the first of your concerns.” Carlson pulled out a thick glassed container from the pocket of his coat. “I believe your protective contraption will fit inside this quite nicely.”
Vic gently took the protected glass ball from Tubs pocket and placed it into the glass jar and watched him seal it.
“I have been assured by experts this will prevent any of the gas from leaking. However, I had not anticipated the diabolical possibility that a Prince Rupert’s Drop would be used.”
“Why didn’t you mention you had this before?” Vic asked.
“Because if you were right about the ball actually being a Prince Rupert’s Drop, then it could not be safely dropped inside.”
“I know that, but had you given me the container, I could have gently placed the drop into the container immediately after I created the protective barrier. Instead, I was worried sick about Tubs having the drop in his pocket while Xavier and I climbed all over the bench.”
“Well, we all survive, so nothing more needs to be made of the matter.”
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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.
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.
As a fan of Victorian mystery fiction, I can honestly say that I will be working my way through this series ASAP!