Guys, I have book 9 of a great Series,The Adventures of Xavier and Vic by Liza O’Connor.
This new adventure is A Despicable Crime.
Family contacts that Xavier Thorn has long ago hidden from his life suddenly return. His beloved great-grandmother, which his father had declared dead when Xavier was six, turns out to be alive and annoyed that his father is stealing money from her bank account and the bank won’t stop him.
As matters escalate from theft to murder to a most despicable crime, Xavier learns more about his father who has hated him all his life and discovers some good news. However, first, he must secure his great-grandmother and his mother, since the connection between the two ladies and Xavier has become known to several Crime Lords. As the man responsible for keeping all Crime Lords in line, the two ladies are now in danger of becoming hostages.
It’s a hard month for Vic. Due to saying too much while teaching the Scotland Yard officers on how to stop forgeries, Vic believes she has lost Xavier’s love. Also, her crazy sister Claire burns down the house Claire lives in simply because it cannot be put into her name. Then she arrives at Xavier and Vic’s house with the intention of killing them all.
Family can be so difficult!
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“When my man of business died, I decided against hiring another, for there are so many thieves amongst them,” Vivian declared.
“That is very true,” Xavier agreed. “However, Mr. Ascot is a very good man of business who is adept at placing our orders to invest in all the modern advancements being made. It is a symbiotic relationship. He ensures we get the best pricing and we assure the investments are above board. If one or the other is not the case, then we do not invest.”
“But how do you know which investments are real?” she challenged.
Vic smiled. “Well, Tubs has a great knowledge of those who are not real, so with his knowledge we can remove almost seventy percent of the investments at once. That leaves us thirty percent to investigate. However, we have already investigated ninety percent of those, which means now all we have to do is provide an update to determine if they are still worthy of investment.”
“And what if they are not?”
“Then we do not invest unless they can turn matters around. Sadly, failure can occur at any time during the process. There are often times where failure occurs to no fault of the business. Still the result to investors would be devastating if this were their only stock. Thus, if there are five good companies vying for a contract that will make or possibly break them, then we will put thirty percent into the one we believe will win and divvy up the remainder over the other competitors based on their likelihood of surviving without the contract. In that way, our losses are never too painful, and our overall gains are far superior to the pittance a bank gives.”
Vivian clapped her hands. “I had not thought of applying mathematics to my money.”
“Xavier is very good at this,” Vic bragged.
“I dare say he is, given how well he handled mathematics when I taught him as a boy.” She smiled lovingly at Xavier. “I am so happy I came to your agency, both for personal and professional reasons. I had not wanted to engage you into this mess because I was certain the culprit was your father, and I had no idea how you would feel about that.”
“I have not spoken to my father in twenty years,” Xavier admitted, then smiled. “However, I’m delighted that I have discovered you are not dead and came to our agency for help. I hope we will see more of you now.”
Need to catch up? Here’s 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— 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.
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, stop a female Russian spy, and locate Xavier.
Toxic Diamonds—The Queen’s Diamonds have been stolen, Director Stone of Scotland Yard is missing, and there is a toxic gas that may kill hundreds of Londoners.
A Despicable Crime— Just when you think Crime Lords cannot behave worse, they step up their game, and I’m sorry to report that Xavier’s father caused this debacle.
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.
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