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.
Fina Ludlow is a hard-hitting PI that can both give and take a punch and has absolutely no hesitation about using her gun. She’s tough, but then so is her family. The Ludlows are mostly rich trial lawyers who have made their money both famously and infamously and along the way have made enemies who would love to watch them fall. So far the family has stayed one step ahead of the law and their downfall, until now.
In the aftermath of a Civil War battle an injured soldier, Trevor Lawson, was made into something other than human by vampires that were preying on the wounded. Despite their attempts to turn Lawson completely into a vampire, he is still a little human and escapes the vampires. Lawson wants to return to being mortal and in defiance continues to battle the vampires, but at the same time they also hunt him.
American David Graham was given a book of poetry that he admired so much he wrote a fan letter to the poet, Elspeth Dunn, who lived on the remote island, Skye, off of Scotland’s coast. That simple letter turned into a correspondence that became a friendship which evolved into love. Though an ocean separated David and Elspeth the First World War was about to bring them closer when David volunteers as an ambulance driver.
The world is about to end because an asteroid barrels towards earth with the impact predicted in six months. Society is breaking down. There’s no electricity, gas, and food is scarce. Some people have left their jobs, others chase dreams, or some even break down from the impending doom. So what does Detective Hank Palace do with his few months?-solve murders.
The gold rush made San Francisco a wild boom town where the streets were pure mud and the buildings were built haphazardly of canvas, oilcloth, and wood. Gangs ran the streets and crime was rife, and the city didn’t have much of a police force or even a fire department. San Francisco was poised for a disaster …