With the help of the stunningly handsome Mike and the unnervingly serene Nancy, Tori soon learns the purpose of her voyage. Still, she’s haunted by the image of the gun, the crack of the shot, and the malevolent face of the shooter. Who wanted the young personal secretary dead, and why? Determined to find out, Tori enlists the help of Seamus, an eccentric but shrewd detective.
Together they embark on an investigation unlike anything Tori ever thought possible. Death is all around, the future is uncertain, and if Tori doesn’t act quickly, two people she cares about are prime candidates for murder.
As she works with Jack over time, Carrie begins to feel less like the hopeless ugly duckling her mother believes her to be.
Suspense builds as Jack and Carrie look into the cases of other men who survived Vietnam only to die soon after they came back to "the world." Just when they start to trust each other, Carrie discovers Jack brought secrets home from the war, secrets that create disappointment, uncertainty, and the very real possibility she's the target for the next murder.
People want to help: her lawyer Bert, her street friend Mabel, and Bert's new young partner, Alex Bronson. Still, she doubts herself at every turn. Can she solve another murder and rescue another child in need when she still can't sleep inside, when she still counts her words each day, and when she still thinks of herself as Loser the Loser?
Somewhat recovered though still plagued by insecurity and odd phobias, Beth returns to Richmond to face the past. Soon she's the suspect in a new murder, a woman who might have been involved with her husband. To escape arrest, Beth disappears into the anonymous world of the homeless, becoming Loser again. There she's protected by people like her, society's outcasts, but she also finds support from others: Jake, her former partner on the police force; Verle, a local restaurant owner; Bert, her lawyer; and his associate, Alex, who cares more about Beth than she's comfortable contemplating.
As events of the past and present merge, Loser comes to realize she's been framed for murder a second time. Fearing her problems will endanger her friends, she goes deeper into hiding. By the time she begins to understand why someone did this to her, Loser is pursued by killers who don't care why. They track her to Belle Isle, determined to kill her. As she struggles desperately to survive, Loser realizes the life she once thought worthless has become precious, offering friendship, peace, and perhaps love.
Book #1 Her Highness' First Murder
Book #2 Poison, Your Grace
Book #3 The Lady Flirts with Death
Book #4 Her Majesty's Mischief
Simon faces his own trials when outlaws capture his party. In order to thwart their leader's grandiose schemes, Simon must escape and make his way to Edinburgh. Will the rough men of the Marches help, or will they leave the Englishman to make his way as best he can?
Loyal to a fault, Simon manages to get in to see his "Highness," once a princess but now demoted to simply Lady Elizabeth. Leaving the Tower, Simon meets another old friend, Peto the Pope. Peto is accused of murder but swears he is innocent. Simon investigates to learn what really happened.
At the same time, Simon's wife Hannah takes in a frightened pregnant girl who refuses to identify herself. Hannah is captivated when her guest has a baby girl. Childless herself, she's determined to help this mother and child get a start in life.
Distracted by his desire to help Elizabeth and prove Peto's innocence, Simon pays little attention to what's happening at home. Neither he nor Hannah realizes they should be listening to each other, and when they finally do, it's too late. In trying to help others, they have put themselves in deadly danger.
While vacationing in Britain, Mercedes Maxwell discovers a woman stabbed to death in an old castle. Soon afterward her traveling companion is murdered, and Mercedes is horrified to learn the police suspect her of the murder.
An old journal she discovers in her luggage that might connect the two crimes, but her theory is dismissed by the inspector in charge. Once her tour goes on without her, Mercedes is determined to figure out the book's secrets. Within hours she's spun into a world of terror. Desperate to get the journal, the killer chases her across Britain, leaving corpses posed as Shakespearean characters in his wake.
By chance--or perhaps not--Mercedes meets Colm, a handsome actor who seems determined to protect her. As they follow the book's clues to Scotland, she gets the feeling Colm knows things he isn't telling her. Eventually Mercedes strikes out on her own, leaving him behind.
Not that she's alone in her search. There's an odd-looking man following her, and a woman who was probably once Colm's lover shows interest in journal. A young policeman says he wants to keep her safe but seems unwilling to step outside the law to do so.
In Salisbury Mercedes finds David, an elderly scholar who knows a lot about events connected to the journal. He wants to solve the journal's mysteries--at least that's what he says, but Mercedes has to ask herself, Who can be trusted when Spanish gold is involved?
After all, it isn't only Shakespeare's Blood she has to be concerned about. Her own blood is at stake too.
Leo appears to be just another downtown bum, but he and Libby, Memnet, and Roy share a secret that requires constant vigilance. They live off the grid in the basement of an almost forgotten museum and survive mostly by committing petty crimes. Each of them has gifts for surviving; each has weaknesses as well. They make it through each day by working together. and trusting each other.
Major changes happen when they meet Jake, an orphan who witnesses a murder. When the killers come after her, the four adults see no choice but to take her "home" to the museum. Soon the killers are searching for all of them, and they must leave their safe place and create new lives, But with secrets they can't reveal, where can they go? How will they live?
In a suspenseful, sometimes comic process, the "family" lies their way to becoming respectable yet anonymous citizens.
In a new home (and after a stunning plot twist), an uneasy peace settles in. Maybe things will work out. But peace is fragile, and killers don't just give up.
In the end Leo's little band must face hardened criminals in order to save themselves and prevent an American tragedy. If they succeed, it will be partly due to help from a green FBI agent but mostly because of their determination to protect each other. After all, they're NOT DEAD YET...