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Three deaths near the village of Santa Fe are seemingly unrelated, except they are so gruesome they just could be the work of witches. Governor Anza begs Nando to return to dampen the witch fear building in town; all very well except one of the women he is supposed to hunt down may be his own girl friend. And who killed the pretty prostitute, and then the caravan master, who seems to own half the town?Desperation mounts as fleeing women capture Nando and leave him to die in a remote mountain cave. Join New Mexico's Governor Anza, the two-fisted old lady who is Nando's stepmother, and a host of unlikely villains: priests, medicine women, and wealthy landowners, in a roiling saga of unforgettable vigor from the time when the American deserts belonged to the King of Spain.
It's 1782 in New Mexico and slavers are operating ruthlessly throughout the colony. Apaches and Comanches battle with Spanish militias to protect their homelands. Governor Anza, at his wits' end, commandeers the help of Nando, a naive but wily young half-breed, embedding him in his network of spies. Fast-paced and true to the realities of the time, The King's Lizard catapults the reader into the fierce and demanding life of colonial Santa Fe. Did you ever wish you could roam the American west in early days? See the land as it once was and experience life on a frontier that is gone forever? Pamela Christie, an award-winning author of the historic Southwest, has created a mystery series set in old Santa Fe when Spain has already occupied New Mexico for almost 200 years. In The King's Lizard, the first of the Lizard Tales, the reader rides with Nando Aguilar, a young man with a light heart and a pleasingly competent hand. Lost between the culture of his Ute mother who is a slave, and his upper class Spanish father, Nando struggles to find himself, discovers love and gains stature as a member of Governor Anza's spy network
Arabella Beaumont, courtesan, adventuress, and sleuth, romps her way through Regency London into a dangerous affair of blackmail. . .Arabella Beaumont is the fortunate possessor of one of England's most celebrated bodies--with a formidable business brain to match. Her latest venture: transforming a London hotel into a social club for courtesans. To afford the lavish renovations, Arabella needs her featherbrained friend Constance Worthington to repay the fortune she owes her. And now that Constance has a wealthy protector, Pigeon Pollard, she's finally good for the cash. Alas, the imprudent Constance has also been dallying with Lady Ribbonhat's footman, and a mysterious blackmailer is threatening to tell all. If Constance pays up, there will be no money left for Arabella's renovations;if she doesn't, the cuckolded Pigeon is bound to leave her penniless. But as the case escalates rapidly from extortion to murder, Arabella's life, as well as her fortune, hangs precariously in the balance. . .Praise For Death And The Courtesan"e;Saucy. . .the effervescent and free-thinking Arabella is a delightful heroine."e; --The Bellingham Herald"e;Historical mystery readers fond of arch and ribald takes on the genre will best appreciate Christie's debut."e; --Publishers Weekly
In the second in Pamela Christie's witty, deliciously unconventional Regency mystery series, Arabella Beaumont-courtesan and sleuth-discovers that the pursuit of art can be a dangerous thing. . .London's aristocrats pay handsomely for the company of courtesan Arabella Beaumont. Arabella, in turn, wisely invests her earnings in an art collection that will endure long after her legendary charms have faded. It's a decided blow, then, when her antiquities dealer is murdered before he can procure an item for which she paid dearly-a rare and provocative statue of Pan. Undaunted, Arabella decides to travel to Italy and locate the treasure herself. What begins as a delightful caprice soon takes on a sinister aspect. Arabella's quest appears to have made her a donna fatale, causing death and mayhem wherever she goes. A thing of beauty may be a joy forever, but Arabella's own life could be cut scandalously short unless she can locate the statue, and uncover the heart of an ever-deepening mystery. . .Praise For Death And The Courtesan"e;A delectable treat for the historical mystery lover to savor. You will be left eager for Arabella's next adventure!"e; -Teresa Grant, author of The Paris Affair"e;Historical mystery readers fond of arch and ribald takes on the genre will best appreciate Christie's debut."e; -Publishers Weekly
Pamela Christie's sparkling historical mystery goes beyond the modest drawing rooms of Regency London in the company of the city's most esteemed and scandalous courtesan. . .Since the age of sixteen, Arabella Beaumont has been happily employed as a highly paid woman of pleasure. True, respectable ladies of the ton would never deign to call at Lustings, her delightful home. Then again, Arabella has no desire to make dreary small talk and sip tea when she could be enjoying the company of amusing, intelligent, and extremely generous gentlemen.But while Arabella's admirers are legion, she also has enemies. A paper knife stolen during one of her salons was discovered near the body of a former rival. Arabella was entertaining her wealthy benefactor on the night of the murder, but the engaged duke can't provide the alibi she desperately needs. It falls to Arabella and her resourceful sister, Belinda, to clear her good--or at least innocent--name. Utilizing all the talents in her arsenal, the irrepressible Miss Beaumont will endeavor to catch the real culprit, before the hangman catches up to her. . .Praise For Pamela Christie And Death Of A Courtesan"e;What a delicious and delightful tale! The Regency world is turned upside down--and much refreshed--by a decidedly unorthodox heroine. Pamela Christie writes with wit and verve, gifting readers with a vision of the period at once marvelously scandalous and oh-so tempting. I adore clever, spunky Arabella and look forward to her future adventures."e; --Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Mistress"e;A clever, funny, engaging read reminiscent of Fidelis Morgan's Unnatural Fire. Pamela Christie deftly combines the conventions of the Regency-era novel with the fast pace and careful attention to characterization found in the best modern historical mysteries."e; --Kate Emerson, author of The King's Damsel"e;With cleverness and humor, Pamela Christie brings to life a colorful world that would've been at the same time familiar and scandalous to Jane Austen and her readers."e; --Anna Loan-Wilsey, author of A Lack of Temperance"e;A smart, witty and thoroughly entertaining read! It reminds me of some of my favorite series on Masterpiece Theater."e; --Diane Haeger, author of I, Jane"e;A delectable treat for the historical mystery lover to savor. You will be left eager for Arabella's next adventure!"e; --Teresa Grant, author of The Paris Affair