Father Juan Ibarra came to Monterey to minister to the native Californians suffering under the heavy hand of the Spanish Empire. Instead, he’s caught up in a web of murder and corruption at the highest level.
A young woman drowns—a seemingly tragic accident until Father Juan’s autopsy reveals Jacinta was not only murdered but pregnant. As he and the commander of the Monterey Presidio dig deeply into her history, they begin to unearth a complex web of corruption that points to the governor himself as their prime suspect.
But the forces who intend for Jacinta’s killer to remain anonymous are prepared to go to any lengths to ensure the truth remains hidden.
Jordan’s body, that is, and “she” is Aphrodite. Bored with life in wherever it is Greek goddesses hang out, she’s decided she prefers Paris. And Jordan is stuck in Hades with Aphrodite’s usual main squeeze Ares.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, time is running out; and if she can’t get Aphrodite back to the Eiffel Tower by midnight, she’ll be trapped in Greek mythology forever.
Twenty-two-year-old George Washington was pleased by his promotion to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and quite content to be the second-in-command of Governor Robert Dinwiddie’s expedition to remove the French from the Ohio Valley.
Then Joshua Fry, the mission’s elderly commanding officer, is killed in a fall from his horse. Washington, whose experience in battle is all but nonexistent, is suddenly in command of the Virginia Regiment at a remote field in the Allegheny Mountains called Great Meadows—and the enemy is coming.
If people would only stop trying to kill him, Halvar the Dane might finally manage to do what he was sent to the island of Manatas to do—get the fugitive Leon di Vicenza on a boat back to Al-Andalus.
And he didn’t intend to kill two people before breakfast in the process.
However, once again murder and intrigue immerse the calif’s Hireling in more trouble than he ever wanted; and before he learns who murdered the pawnbroker, the mystery will take enough twists and turns to make a good man dizzy.