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The King's Alchemist: A Historical Fantasy, First Five Chapters

Who is the mysterious alchemist and what does he want with Duncan?

When Scottish warrior Duncan McLeod meets a mysterious alchemist secretly working for the king, he thinks the country's glorious future is assured. But when the Scots lose to the English at Flodden and the king is killed, everything falls to pieces.

Injured in the battle, Duncan loses his memory and is adopted by a family of mercenaries who trick him into kidnapping the alchemist for England's Henry VIII. Soon, however, he remembers who he is and is horrified when he realizes what he's done. Plunged into a world of ghosts, shapeshifters, and wizards he attempts to rescue the alchemist from Henry's clutches, but he quickly discovers that there's much more to the old man than he bargained for.


Indigo, Chapter 1

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself mistress of an 18th-century plantation?

When librarian Esther Rubens is accidentally thrown back to 1750 South Carolina and attacked by an unknown assailant, she seeks safety at an indigo plantation belonging to a dashing planter with a dangerous secret. But she soon realizes she's made a terrible mistake. What she discovers on the plantation is far more horrific than anything she could have imagined.

Overwhelmed by the horrors she finds, she attempts to flee just as the planter's mysterious, handsome brother arrives from England seeking refuge--and offering an opportunity that's too compelling to turn down. But can he be trusted? And are the two of them strong enough to vanquish the evil that's pervading the lowlands?



Amanda Lester and the Auchencairn Smugglers

When Mrs. Scarper, the matron at the secret detective school, shows up complaining about a theft, Amanda springs into action. That night, while attempting to identify the culprit, she discovers a group of mysterious men conducting nefarious business on the beach. Suspecting Headmaster Thrillkill is once again testing the students' investigative abilities, she and her boyfriend, Nick, set up watch, hoping to foil him. But what they discover is stranger and more dangerous than anything the headmaster could devise.

This story takes place right after Book 9 in the Amanda Lester, Detective series, Ivy Halpin and the Irish Bog Witches.


The Locked Room Mystery

An Ivy Halpin/Simon Binkle story that takes place during the first term of the Legatum Continuatum Enduring School for Detectives.



Amanda Lester and the Santa Claus Mystery: A Christmas Story Starring Amanda Lester and Gaston Thrillkill


Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy

Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.

When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away—until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these oddities mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.

Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of


Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis

There’s a new student at the Legatum Continuatum School for the Descendants of Famous Detectives and Amanda is supposed to work with him. Scapulus Holmes is a descendant of the great Sherlock and he’s crazy about her. Unfortunately she thinks he’s a dork and would rather die than have anything to do with him.But when the kids discover a dead body encrusted with strange living crystals, Amanda realizes she needs Holmes’s help. If the crystals fall into the wrong hands they could be used for nefarious purposes, and only he knows how to protect them. Can the detectives keep the bad guys from learning the crystals' secrets? It would help if they could figure out who the dead body is too. Only if Amanda and Holmes can find a way to work together can they prevent a disaster, and it isn’t look