Twists, turns, and scams in A Good Death

Linda Watts was an American success story as a refugee from Laos who went to a prestigious college, had a promising career, and was recently engaged to be married. Her life seemed to be on the road of continued successes until she broke off her engagement and went to Thailand where later she was found dead from a drug overdose in a seedy motel. Her death would have not been investigated fully except …

Village Secrets of Greed, Love, and Murder in Dying in the Wool

The First World War has ended and Kate Shackleton is still waiting for her husband to return from the war even though he was declared missing and is probably dead. While waiting she has developed a knack for finding missing persons but only as an amateur. Then in the mail Kate receives a request to find a missing father of a friend, and this time she has been offered money…

The Inner Evil Genius in The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination

Even mad scientists can have relationship troubles and Professor Incognito tries to explain everything in a list to his girlfriend. He goes over their relationship and his thoughts from how her brother treats the professor to how many skulls would go into a throne. He even talks about his feelings toward their therapist and his new Martian friends in “Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List” by Austin Grossman. This tongue-in-cheek story…

Tudor Spies in The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

When Elizabeth I took the throne, England and Europe were in the midst of religious upheaval between Protestants and Catholics that frequently ended in bloodshed. Her reign was threatened as some of her own subjects and the Catholic powers of Europe wanted to see her downfall. With uncertainty and the belief that someone will act upon assassinating or overthrowing England, a large secret intelligence network was created complete with spies, code breakers, espionage, and torture.