The Adventures of Xavier and Vic A Despicable Crime By Liza O’Connor
∞ Troubles & Crimes to be solved Xavier’s dead great-grandmother wants Vic to solve a crime A Despicable Crime (The Attempted Abduction of Xavier’s Mother) A Painful Conclusion The Improvement of Crime Lords A Gift Returned
Family contacts that Xavier Thorn has long ago hidden from his life suddenly return. His beloved great-grandmother, which his father had declared dead when Xavier was six, turns out to be alive and annoyed that his father is stealing money from her bank account and the bank won’t stop him.
As matters escalate from theft to murder to a most despicable crime, Xavier learns more about his father who has hated him all his life and discovers some good news. However, first, he must secure his great-grandmother and his mother, since the connection between the two ladies and Xavier has become known to several Crime Lords. As the man responsible for keeping all Crime Lords in line, the two ladies are now in danger of becoming hostages.
It’s a hard month for Vic. Due to saying too much while teaching the Scotland Yard officers on how to stop forgeries, Vic believes she has lost Xavier’s love. Also, her crazy sister Claire burns down the house Claire lives in simply because it cannot be put into her name. Then she arrives at Xavier and Vic’s house with the intention of killing them all. Family can be so difficult!
Excerpt Xavier sat and listened to the old woman, seated on the other side of his desk, drone on and on. Honestly, he had no idea why she was here. Worse yet, she seemed to be telling her story backwards, or at least he suspected as much. Every time he took the effort to listen, she was talking about something that happened further in the past.
If she had been a man, he would have tossed her out long before now, but she was almost the spitting image of his great grandmother whom he had truly loved. Now that he gave the matter more thought, his great-grandmother often told him stories in reverse, insisting a person could learn more by going back.
“We all know where we are, but the past we know is often nothing but nonsense.” She would then give him a hard glare. “I expect better of you, young man. You are like me. We remember the truth, not some made up magpie, pretending to be a sparrow.”
Yes, this woman sounded a great deal like his dead great-grandmother. She also made statements that truly made no sense.
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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned. The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance) The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman. The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat. A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam? The Mesmerist— The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell. Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them. Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic. The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy. The CrimeLords’ War — Vic is almost killed twice as she tries to prevent a CrimeLords’ War, stop a female Russian spy, and locate Xavier. Toxic Diamonds -- The Queen’s Diamonds have been stolen, Director Stone of Scotland Yard is missing, and there is a toxic gas that may kill hundreds of Londoners. A Despicable Crime — Just when you think Crime Lords cannot behave worse, they step up their game, and I’m sorry to report that Xavier’s father caused this debacle.
When Xavier's great grandmother returns, her life as well as the life of Xavier's mother become in jeopardy. It's up to Vic and Xavier to save them as well as find out all the other strange things going on with Scotland Yard.
Like all the rest of the Adventures with Xavier and Vic, there are twisted and convoluted events which bring about a happy ending--at least for some of the people! I really enjoy the wild ride to arrive at the ending!
Vic and Xavier have become some of my favorite characters as Ms. O'Connor shows their interesting thinking and deduction skills, in addition to how they operated in Victorian Times. Their amazing friends also come along for the ride and help with the mysteries. However, if you picking this book up first, you don't need to have read the previous ones, but you will want to.
While Xavier will be disappointed in my saying so, but if people love mysteries like Sherlock Holmes, you will also love these books where thinking and actions bring about the solutions.