About the Book
Claire can be charming one moment and quite horrible the next,
so it’s a fair question to ask.
In the past she had her lawyer sue for the custody of baby Cannon, claiming Vic to be female and unfit to raise a child. Xavier declared Claire to be mentally unstable and Dr. Connor even legally certified Vic was a man. (She isn’t). So the matter was removed from the dockets.
Instead of cutting off Claire for good, Vic gave Claire a sweet baby girl that she rescued from a victim of pedophilia. [In 1895 there was no word for this particular deviance. It was called a ‘temporary aberration’ or, if the person was wealthy and of some importance, ‘an occasional luxurious specialty of a few over-refined persons’.] And while the young mother had been permanently harmed by her wealthy, powerful uncle, Vic offered to find a home for the beautiful baby that ‘Justine’ intended to pay a baby farmer to kill.
So Claire gets a baby and should be happy now, right? Sadly not. She complains to authorities until they close Justine’s business. Needing a place to live and food to eat, Justine moves in with her pedophile uncle. When Justine discovers the woman who got her baby was the lady who got her business shut down, she stole the child back and kidnapped the nursemaid as well.
And did Claire hold herself responsible for this debacle? No, she did not. She insisted Vic’s activities must have caused some villain to steal her child, for everyone loves her.
Good thing too. To all appearances the two strongest crime lords of London have declared war on each other. Only the two attempts on Vic’s life tells her this is all a clever plot by a third party—worse yet, a female villainess.
To stop the crime lords from destroying one another, leaving their territories open to the Russian spy, she must bring Seth and Samson together, share what is really going on, and get them to agree to work against this third party. Not an easy task since Seth Sojourn thinks Vic is nothing but a foolish sop. Unfortunately, Xavier has gone missing, so it’s up to her to convince the angry crime lord that her plan is best. Otherwise, this villainess will kill everyone who gets in her way and bring England to its knees.
“My niece has been kidnapped along with the nurse maid,” Vic said, her pain making her voice louder than she wished. A man in the corner of the waiting room stared at her.
She turned and headed to the door.
“Victor, a moment please?” the man called out.
She turned to face him. “I really don’t have time right now.”
“I understand.” He handed her a card. “If you want my help, I will put my men on the matter. You need only ask.” He then squeezed her arm. “On your way, son.”
She didn’t look at the card until she got into the carriage.
Alistair Winthrop, Minister of Internal Affairs.
She slipped the card into her vest pocket. If Stone wouldn’t help, she would use that card as leverage.
The CrimeLords’ War
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The Troublesome Apprentice
The Missing Partner
A Right to Love
Well Kept Secrets
Pack of Trouble
The Darkest Days
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About the Author
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Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Ghost Lover--Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Saving Casey— Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.
Untamed & Unabashed--The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Hardest Love — Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
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 and stop a female Russian spy from killing Xavier.
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