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Launch! Moriarty Brings Down the House

Moriarty Brings Down the House

I’m happy to announce the publication of the third book in the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mystery series, Moriarty Brings Down the House. This one’s set in London in 1886, mostly taking place inside a big theatre on Leicester Square called the Galaxy Theatre of Varieties.

Like the rest of this series, ebook versions are available only through Amazon. Print is available anywhere print books are sold (usually by special order, if you go there in person.)

Here’s the back cover copy:

An old friend brings a strange problem to Professor and Mrs. Moriarty: either his theater is being haunted by an angry ghost or someone is trying to drive him into bankruptcy. That would shut down his Christmas pantomime before it opens, throwing two hundred people out of work. The Moriartys can’t let that happen! Besides, Angelina is longing to play the lead in a West End show and James needs a bigger challenge than yet another high-stakes game of whist.

But the day they move into the theater, the stage manager dies. It wasn’t an accident; it also was most definitely not a ghost. Angelina works backstage turning up secrets and old grudges, while James follows the money in search of a motive. The pranks grow deadlier and more frequent. Then someone sets Sherlock Holmes on the trail, trying to catch our sleuths crossing the line into crime. How far will Moriarty have to go to keep the show afloat? And will they all make it to opening night in one piece?

Launch! Publish and Perish

Please welcome the fourth book in the Francis Bacon mystery series, Publish and Perish. This Publish and Perishone is the answer to my irrational obsession with the Marprelate Controversy, a conflict of great concern and consternation between 1588 and 1593-ish, pretty much forgotten by all but a few shortly afterward.

In brief, Martin Marprelate was the nom de plume of a Puritan writer who enraged the authorities, both lay and clerical, while greatly entertaining everyone else. Martin managed to write, publish, and distribute six inflammatory works before the printers were captured, in spite of the professional pursuivants desperately trying to catch a whiff of their whereabouts. That intrigued me, although I don’t follow this secret press in my book.

In an attempt to recapture public opinion, the church hired a group of popular writers to publish counter-strikes, adding more scurrilous rhetoric to Martin’s. That bafflingly ineffective strategy made me laugh. Furthermore, Martin was never identified in those days. Thanks to a book written in the 1980s, most people nowadays feel confident as to his identity, but there’s nothing absolutely definitive. That intrigued me too, enough to write a book supplying my own solution.

Digital versions available everywhere today; printed versions in two weeks. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Here’s the official blurb: 

It’s 1589 and England is embroiled in a furious pamphlet war between an impudent Puritan calling himself Martin Marprelate and London’s wittiest writers. The archbishop wants Martin to hang. The Privy Council wants the tumult to end. But nobody knows who Martin is or where he’s hiding his illegal press.

Then two writers are strangled, mistaken for Thomas Nashe, the pamphleteer who is hot on Martin’s trail. Francis Bacon is tasked with stopping the murders — and catching Martin, while he’s about it. But the more he learns, the more he fears Martin may be someone dangerously close to home.

Can Bacon and his band of intelligencers stop the strangler before another writer dies, without stepping on Martin’s possibly very important toes?