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About Liz Hedgecock
Liz Hedgecock grew up in London, England, did an English degree, and then took forever to start writing. After several years working in the National Health Service, some short stories crept into the world. A few even won prizes. Then the stories started to grow longer...
Now Liz travels between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, murdering people. To be fair, she does usually clean up after herself.
Liz's reimaginings of Sherlock Holmes, her Pippa Parker cozy mystery series, and the Caster & Fleet Victorian mystery series (with Paula Harmon) are available in ebook and paperback.
Liz lives in Cheshire with her husband and two sons, and when she's not writing or child-wrangling you can usually find her reading, messing about on Twitter, or cooing over stuff in museums and art galleries. That's her story, anyway, and she's sticking to it.
Further info lurks at http://lizhedgecock.wordpress.com. For bite-sized pieces, follow Liz on Twitter at @lizhedgecock.
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Turning over a new leaf doesn’t always go according to plan...
When Jemma James takes a job at Burns Books, the second-worst secondhand bookshop in London, she finds her ambition to turn it around thwarted at every step. Raphael, the owner, is more interested in his newspaper than sales. Folio the bookshop cat has it in for Jemma, and the shop itself appears to have a mind of its own. Or is it more than that?
Gradually Jemma starts to make a difference ... and then the anonymous letters start arriving. Who is behind them, and why?
As the threats escalate, and the shop becomes increasingly turbulent, Jemma and Raphael must work together to find the culprit. And what else will Jemma find in her investigations?
Every Trick In The Book is the first in the Magical Bookshop humorous mystery series, set in modern London.
Terry Crispus hates Christmas; he'd rather keep his presents and dinner for himself. He won't even let his neighbour Mrs Goodenough have a carrot for the reindeer and the snowman's nose.
Then the Christmas Carrot visits Terry at midnight on Christmas Eve, and takes him on a host of adventures. Will Terry learn to share before it is too late?
This humorous picture book is suitable to be read to younger children, and for children up to the age of 8-9. Hopefully grown-ups can enjoy it too!
A bookshop of one’s own...
Jemma’s dream of running her own bookshop is turning into a nightmare. She has plenty of ideas, but her assistant Maddy is resistant to the slightest change. Come to that, so are the customers. She’d turn to boyfriend Carl for support, but he’s wrapped up in an exciting new project.
To distract herself, Jemma gets involved in Raphael’s attempt to recruit a new member of staff — but that doesn’t go entirely to plan either, as his wider team turns against him.
Despite their best efforts, Jemma and Raphael are both struggling to cope. Can they work out what’s going on and get their lives back to normal before they run out of time?
Double Booked is the third in the Magical Bookshop humorous mystery series, set in modern London.
Not all new brooms sweep clean…
Business is booming at Burns Books — so much so that Jemma and Raphael hire a new assistant. And that’s when things start to go wrong.
Luke’s helpful, he’s knowledgeable, and the customers like him. So why is the shop up to its old tricks, and a few new ones? And what's the matter with Folio?
Jemma and Carl take it upon themselves to investigate, and end up finding out a lot more than they bargained for. Will working at the bookshop ever be the same again?
Brought To Book is the second in the Magical Bookshop humorous mystery series, set in modern London.
A bird in the hand...
Maisie Frobisher and Inspector Hamilton are planning a triumphant return to England; but when the Viceroy of India says no, that’s that.
Inspector Hamilton is chained to his desk trying to uncover the network of operatives who are sowing discord through leaked information. Maisie, resenting the Viceroy’s intervention, refuses to help. However, a mysterious stranger turns out to be a face from Maisie’s recent past who holds a key to the mystery. And she will only speak through Maisie...
Leopard is still at large, in the hope that he will lead to bigger cats still, but Inspector Hamilton envies Maisie her position at the centre of the drama. And amongst the small talk, an ally is murdered...
Now, with the network seeming to grow stronger by the minute, Maisie and the Inspector must put aside their feelings and even their loyalties to get at the truth behind the smokescreen of lies.
Gone To Ground is the third book in the Maisie Frobisher Mysteries series, set in the mid-1890s.
They say that travel broadens the mind...
When socialite Maisie Frobisher heads off on a cruise to India in search of adventure, little does she know what form it will take.
First some jewellery, then an important document goes missing from an ambassador’s cabin. If that document gets into the wrong hands there will be trouble. And it’s definitely in the wrong hands...
Maisie already has her suspicions of a fellow-guest at the captain’s table. However, when he turns out to be a police inspector travelling incognito and takes over the investigation, Maisie’s nose is put firmly out of joint. Then a crime of an entirely different kind rears its head, and Maisie finds that the past she is trying to escape from just won’t let her go...
With less than two weeks until the ship reaches port, can Maisie put aside her prejudices and learn to work with Inspector Hamilton? Can they trust each other? And most importantly, can they find that document before it causes an international incident?
All At Sea is the first book in the Maisie Frobisher Mysteries series, set in the mid-1890s.
To travel hopefully is better than to arrive...
When Maisie Frobisher arrives in Bombay she is looking forward to a life of parties and sightseeing. Fate, though, has other plans.
At first Maisie thinks that her biggest problem will be adjusting to the restrictions of life in Bombay while Inspector Hamilton gets on with his job. But when an information leak sparks conflict, it becomes clear that the theft of a document on board ship is part of something much bigger. And when Maisie receives a bizarre message from ‘Leopard’ via the personals column of the local newspaper, she has no choice but to get involved.
Someone doesn’t want her to, though. Soon Maisie finds herself the subject of a whispering campaign, and ostracised by society - but that becomes the least of her worries as danger looms.
Can Maisie and Inspector Hamilton unmask the mole? Who is the mysterious Leopard? And when they meet him, will they come back alive?
Off The Map is the second book in the Maisie Frobisher Mysteries series, set in the mid-1890s.
When Katherine Demeray opens an unsigned letter addressed to her missing father, she is drawn into a quest to find the terrified letter-writer and learn the secret of the black tulips.
Struggling to support herself after her father's disappearance, Katherine has neither time nor money to solve the mystery alone. She has no choice but to seek help from a woman she has only just met; awkward socialite Connie Swift.
As the letters become increasingly frantic, this unlikely team of amateur detectives must learn to work together, while struggling to navigate the rigid rules of Victorian propriety, their families’ expectations, and the complicating interference of men.
Confronting danger as they venture into new and frightening territory, Katherine and Connie risk arrest, exposure, and even their reputations to solve the Case of the Black Tulips. Can they solve the mystery before someone gets killed....or they kill each other?
The Case of the Black Tulips is the first book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.
In 1887, Holmes and Watson’s first investigation as a team - A Study in Scarlet - was published. The Sign of Four followed in 1890, and then, in 1891, the world was electrified with the publication of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the newly-formed Strand Magazine... and the world would never be the same! Through the remainder of the nineteenth Century and all the way through the twentieth, Holmes and Watson’s fame would grow. We’re now well into the twenty-first century, yet the much-loved duo are just as popular today - if not even more so.
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring stories set within the canon’s correct time period, written by the very best of today’s Sherlockian authors from around the world. That first anthology, spread over three huge volumes, contained sixty-three stories and was the largest collection of its kind assembled at the time. Response was immediately and overwhelmingly positive, and soon there were calls from fans for additional collections.
Over 150 contributors so far have joined together from around the world to produce well over three hundred new adventures to honour Sherlock Holmes, the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest whom I have ever known.”
We now proudly present Parts XIII, XIV, and XV, three volumes which break the record of the initial triple offering, with an incredible sixty-six new adventures featuring the eternal duo Watson and Holmes.
Part XIV in the popular MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories features contributions from Charles Veley and Anna Elliott, Mark Sohn, David Marcum, S. Subramanian, Roger Riccard, Marcia Wilson, Tracy J. Revels, Arthur Hall, GC Rosenquist, Edwin A. Enstrom, Jayantika Ganguly, C.H. Dye, Matthew Booth, Stephen Herczeg, Geri Schear, Liz Hedgecock, Carl Heifetz, Gayle Lange Puhl, Harry DeMaio, I.A. Watson, and Thomas A Burns, Jr., with forewords from David Marcum, Will Thomas, Roger Johnson, Steve Emecz, Melissa Grigsby and a poem by Jacquelynn Morris.
When Katherine and Connie take on a case at a music hall, they enter a new, exciting, and frightening world.
The duo are hired to calm the nerves of Ellen Howe, top of the bill at the Merrymakers Music Hall. She keeps freezing on stage, though she insists that nothing is wrong. It seems like an easy case - until Ellen disappears, leaving only a note behind her. And the rest of the cast are giving nothing away.
Katherine and Connie have to win the trust of Ellen’s fellow-performers to have a chance of finding her. But the deeper they plunge into the world of the music hall, the more secrets they must hide from their families and loved ones - and the more danger they find themselves in, as the threats against them turn from words to actions...
Can they see through the glamour of the stage to find out what really happened to the missing star?
The Case of the Runaway Client is the second book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.
The Department recruit the duo to investigate London’s mediums and mesmerists, several of whom are suspected of fraud. Katherine and Connie must pose as clients to discover what goes on behind closed doors.
The deeper they delve, the more unsettling the duo’s findings become. Disturbing revelations shake their confidence in themselves and their mission. They are followed, and spied on. And when Miss Robson joins the team, she raises a ghost whom she had hoped was laid to rest for ever…
Both women face challenges in their personal lives, too. Connie has to balance her new career and her married life, while Katherine makes an enemy who threatens her chance of happiness and the success of their investigation.
Can Katherine and Connie see past the smoke and mirrors to uncover the truth?
The Case of the Deceased Clerk is the third book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.
Who is behind the mask?
Life has settled down for Connie and Katherine. Connie is enjoying life as a new mother, while Katherine is working solo for the Department. When they accept invitations to a charity masked ball, they anticipate nothing but a fun evening out.
The event changes everything, as Katherine is abruptly dismissed for attending and Connie is asked to investigate the sudden death of a friend who was involved in organising it. Caster and Fleet are back on the case.
However, things do not go smoothly. Another unexpected death occurs, and when the duo probe further they risk putting both themselves and their families in peril, as the case moves uncomfortably close to home...
How far must Katherine and Connie go to solve the case and clear their names?
The Case of the Masquerade Mob is the fourth book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.