August 29, 2016 by Valerie Ullmer
Book Spotlight ~ Liza O’Connor’s The Crimelords’ War
Ben has recently begun taking first interviews from clients. (He had no choice. Xavier & Vic were away far longer on the last mission than they had expected.) When Vic returns and checks his work, she points out his mistakes, then talks him through better procedures. She even lets him take on a missing husband case on his own. However, as the case progresses, Vic concludes the pretty young woman with the wasp waist is demented and possibly dangerous. She advises Ben to drop the case. Unfortunately, even when Ben determines the husband is married to two women, he continues working the case since the young man wishes to help the pretty lass with the hourglass figure. So he provides her with her husband’s other wife’s location.
Now Vic has to worry Wife #1 might be murdered by Demented Wife #2. The conniving plot turns out to be far more complicated and devious. However, Ben comes very close to being fired for disobeying her order that he drop the case.
Chaos abounds in Late Victorian England. Xavier goes off on a mission without Vic because her protector, Tubs, is not well enough to keep Vic from harm right now. In fact, Tubs is dying and the doctor doesn’t expect him to live for more than a week. Upon discovering Tubs’ dire situation, Vic sets about rescuing him instead.
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.
Vic frowned. “You never mentioned Mrs. Hudson was pregnant.”
“She’s not…or not that I could tell. She had a very small waist and a pleasing hour-glass figure.”
Discussion of the lady’s waist caused the boy to blush. He fingered the file before him. “I asked the butler if the letter sent to Mr. Hudson still existed. He first said no, but then asked me to wait as he went off. He returned a short while later, handing me the letter. The content was substantially as the butler remembered. However, the signature was of someone named Charity while our client is Angie. I have no idea if the butler is playing me for a fool or if Mr. Hudson has two wives.”
Vic sighed. “More likely the latter. It’s not that uncommon for men to do stupid things, especially with women who have unnatural body shapes.”
Ben tilted his head and scratched his temple, then laughed. “Oh you mean her hour-glass figure.”
“I do, and follow my advice. Avoid any woman with a shape of a wasp. The pain and discomfort required to obtain such a form is beyond what any sane person would endure. Thus, the mental stability of our client is now in question and we should discontinue the case.”
“Just because she has a pleasing figure?” Ben challenged.
“No, because she lacks rational limitations as to what she will do to acquire what you call a pleasing figure. If she will break bones, deplete her lung capacity, and endure extreme pain to acquire a husband, what will she do when she discovers her husband already has a wife and baby?”
Ben grimaced. “According to the butler, he seems to have more than one child with his other wife. Evidently, she is of a sickly nature and every time she has been with child, the doctor declared she’d probably die and to get her affairs in orders. Mr. Hudson cannot bare witnessing her farewells to the children and thus stays at his friends until she either dies or gets better.”
Vic snorted. “It would serve the callous Mr. Hudson right if he were to die at the hands of his new bride. However, it is all too likely she’ll go after poor Charity. Thus, I believe you need to apologize to Angie, but tell her you cannot locate her husband.”
“She is a nice woman. She deserves to know her marriage is a sham so she can end it now, before she is also with child.”
“Trust me, a person who mutilates her body shape will under no circumstances bear a child.”
Ben’s furrowed brow clearly declared himself in disagreement.
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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.
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 — Oops! 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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