The 1920s. The Jazz Age. People are partying, and the world has gone mad. Mad enough for murder.
A killer roams the vast grounds of the B.S.T. Leigh House, or Beastly House. Once an elaborate estate nestled by a pristine lake in New York, Beastly House has fallen on hard times. The estate’s mega-rich owner has died, and his widow has sold the estate to folks who have turned it into a sanitarium for wealthy patrons to hide out and dry out.
Florian Valentine Flix has signed himself into Beastly House. A veteran of World War 1, Flix is compulsively neat and as smart as they come. He is tormented by nightmares and visions from the war. But why is he really here?
Prohibition is in full swing but that doesn’t stop anyone wanting to indulge in their vices. Speakeasies and tea pads abound. You can party till dawn on illegal bootleg and pot and opium. You name it. Legal or illegal. Anything is available for the right price. And with vices easily accessible, addiction is on the rise, especially among the richer set. But who wants to be labeled an addict, especially among society’s elite?
Beastly House is the perfect refuge.
And just because you’re rich does not mean you’re nice.
When the police arrive, guests and staff are rounded up for questioning. Flix is floored when he sees his old pal from the trenches, Phalen Archer. Archer is assigned to investigate the murder but the beleaguered officer knows it won’t be easy. Too many highly connected and powerful people want it solved quickly or brushed under the rug. Who can Archer trust? Someone who had his back when bullets were flying. His old war buddy, of course. And Flix is delighted to lend his assistance.
The victim is a simple person, but mystery surrounds her death. Uncovering secrets about her life leave the pair with more questions than answers. She’s been strangled, yet her body shows all the signs of poisoning. Are they looking for two murderers instead of one?
Science is not that advanced, and the two are forced to use imagination and cunning as they try to unravel the clues. As the duo delve deeper into the crime, the mystery deepens. Far from being a closed environment, they discover people come and go at will. The whole world is suddenly suspect.
Can they stop this murderer before he strikes again?
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Joni Green is the author of The Cupid/Archer Mystery Series. She’s written numerous other works of fiction and has illustrated two children’s books. Her settings are as varied as the American landscape. Her works of fiction cover a wide range of topics and themes. The settings are sometimes gritty and surreal, sometimes, simple and small town. Her children’s books are full of entertaining and unique illustrations geared to making learning fun.
The Cupid/Archer Mysteries:
1. Beastly House (http://jonigreen.com/books-2/)
2. Cupid’s Archer (http://jonigreen.com/books-2/)
3. The Dust of Death (http://jonigreen.com/books-2/)
4. Ashes of Yesterday (http://jonigreen.com/books-2}
Florian Valentine Flix (Cupid) and Phalen Archer will return in the fourth book of the series soon.
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