Vic and Xavier are looking for readers to assist them in solving a whole bunch of crimes.
Since Vic is almost murdered twice and Xavier one time in this latest adventure, I’d say they need all the help we can muster!
So, what did they get into this time?
Well, the thing is, 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.
See what I meant when I told you they need help?
Now, before I let you peek into the story, let me introduce you to someone: meet Dr. Connors.
Dr. Connors is considered the best doctor in London. He not only serves the Queen and her family, but most of the parliament. He also takes care of important citizen deemed critical to the safety of England. That naturally includes Xavier & Vic. And yes, he does know that Vic is a woman. In fact, he delivered her son Cannon. But true to his oath to protect England, when Vic’s sister, Claire, tried to claim custody of Vic’s baby, declaring her an unfit mother for dressing as a man, Dr. Connors did not hesitate to assure the higher ups that Vic was indeed a young man. And since Tubs began working for Xavier & Vic, Dr. Connors tends to the giant as well. However, despite his heroic efforts to save Tubs from three shots in the chest, he fears the fellow isn’t going to live much longer. Fortunately, Vic realizes what Tubs needs to recover. Like her, he needs to get back to solving crimes. No more lying about! Unlike most doctors who get angry when their advice is ignored, Dr. Connors simply marvels at Vic’s fabulous intuitive skills.
And as promised, here’s an excerpt of Xavier and Vic’s latest trouble.
The moment Vic left the room, Dr. Connors began his exam, working around the babies, which Tubs refused to relinquish.
To his surprise, Tubs’ lungs sounded stronger. “Your breathing appears better today.”
“That’s because Vic figured out I’m not meant to lay down all the time. I thought I was dying, but turns out I just need to move about.”
“Well, it’s contrary to my standard medical advice, but had Vic decided to go into medicine he’d probably be turning over most everything I learned.”
Tubs chuckled. “I ‘spect that’s true.”
He sat down beside Tubs. “So what has Vic asked you to do today?”
“First, he made me stand, so Cannon could see how to do so. Then my boy stood and walked to me,” he added in pride.
“Did Cannon stand?” Connors asked. He knew Xavier worried about his boy not walking yet.
Connors refocused on the material point to this story. “You were able to stand?” Yesterday, he had warned Gregory he didn’t think Tubs would live much longer.
“Not really, but I couldn’t let Vic down. So with the help of Casey and Fagan I tried. To be honest, they did the hard work. However, once I returned to the bed, but sitting upright, not lying down, Vic decided I needed to lift the boys lying on my arms. Those two were having so much fun that I kept at it until I couldn’t get them up anymore.
“Then, I ate more than I have been. And honestly after lifting the boys on my legs, I’m looking forward to dinner.”
Dr. Connors inspected his legs, massaging the muscles, which caused Tubs to groan.
“Does that hurt?”
“No, it feels great.”
Connors massaged both legs and was working on his arm when Vic returned with a subdued bloodhound.
Connor clapped his hands. “Arroooooo.”
Ham joined him. “Arrooooo.”
Tubs chuckled. “Let him come up as well. That way I can keep them in line.”
Vic rewarded Tubs with a smile and then looked at Connors. “Tubs is getting better now.”
Dr. Connors chuckled. “Yes, evidently ignoring my medical advice proved to be exactly what he needed.” He gripped Vic’s shoulder. “Your fabulous intuition still works. Rest does not suit Tubs. However, massaging the muscles and then wrapping them with cold cloths will help reduce swelling from his efforts and make the next day’s efforts less painful and more effective.”
“Can you show me how to massage the muscles?” Vic asked.
Connors massaged Tubs right arm while Vic practiced on his left.
After ten minutes, Connors stood. “Well, you seem to have this matter in hand. I’m glad to see you better, Tubs. England will be safer once the two of you return to action.”
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Need to catch up with Xavier and Vic? Here are the links to their stories.
BOOK ONE: THE TROUBLESOME APPRENTICE – The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
BOOK 2: 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.
BOOK 2.5: 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?
BOOK 3: THE MESMERIST — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
BOOK 4: WELL KEPT SECRETS — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
BOOK 5: PACK OF TROUBLE — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
BOOK 6: THE DARKEST DAYS — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.BOOK
BOOK 7: 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.
All Xavier and Vic’s stories are free on Amazon Unlimited.
I hope you enjoyed, I’ll see you next week!