Yes, that’s the blurb. 😀
For a bit more… London 1805. Jobbing writer, proprietor of the Matrimonial Advertiser lonely hearts gazette, and all-round weasel Theo Swann is just trying to get by when Martin St. Vincent turns up. Martin is a merchant, tasked with putting a stop to a wealthy young heiress’s romantic correspondence in the Advertiser. And when she and her swain make a dash for Gretna, Martin drags Theo after him on a breakneck high-speed (fourteen miles an hour!) chase up the country to catch the lovers before it’s too late. The question is, as entanglements, deceptions, and revelations come thick and fast, will any of them be the same again?
“a romp of a novella. … a perfectly compact romance that shows a couple can be cranky and still head-over-heels for each other.” Romantic Times, 4.5*, Top Pick
“With humor and wit, Charles puts a unique, sensuous spin on the classic Regency Gretna Green elopement plot. This lively M/M romp explores the hard-hitting issues of racism, classism, and homophobia and delivers an enjoyable read as well.” Library Journal
“a great romance road trip … a delicious Gothic feel, with a damsel in distress and a Snidely Whiplashesque villain throwing an upstanding gentleman and a lovable scoundrel together to save the day.” Washington Post
“a pure delight. … The plot resolution is clever, the dialogue is sharp and often funny, and the story tackles harrowing issues with grace.” Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence winner, January 2017
England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.
Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.
As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.
As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…
“Downton Abbey meets M/M romance ~ an absolutely brilliant historical novel with industrial espionage, murder, blackmail and two unlikely heroes up against the odds. What more could I wish for?” – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews, 5*
Winner, Best Gay Historical Romance, 2014 Rainbow Awards
#6, Best Gay Book, 2014 Rainbow Awards
Goodreads M/M Readers Choice Awards 2014, Best Historical, 1st Place
Voted one of ten Best of 2014 by Prism Book Alliance.
Best LGBT Romance in the All About Romance 2015 Readers Poll.
A note to the Editor
I have been Simon Feximal’s companion, assistant and chronicler for twenty years now, and during that time my Casebooks of Feximal the Ghost-Hunter have spread the reputation of this most accomplished of ghost-hunters far and wide.
You have asked me often for the tale of our first meeting, and how my association with Feximal came about. I have always declined, because it is a story too private to be truthfully recounted, and a memory too precious to be falsified. But none knows better than I that stories must be told.
So here is it, Henry, a full and accurate account of how I met Simon Feximal, which I shall leave with my solicitor to pass to you after my death.
I dare say it may not be quite what you expect.
Two free stories are available: Butterflies, which is one of the ten stories included in this book, and Remnant, a crossover story written with Jordan L Hawk.
Joint Winner, Best Gay Book, Rainbow Awards 2015
Winner, Best Gay Paranormal Romance, Rainbow Awards 2015
“I have read several KJ Charles’ books before and liked them all – this book I fell in love with. I have been very loath to give out 5* of late, as I had a kind of epiphany regarding ratings. However, I give The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal a resounding 5*.” – Prism Book Alliance
“From a macabre butterfly obsession to a demented Pied Piper to the very human enemy bent upon destroying our Mr. Caldwell, KJ Charles has mined the depths of imagination to come up with another outstanding novel to add to her body of work. One can only imagine there are more stories Robert Caldwell had to tell, but he saved the best of them for this collection, ensuring the novel’s place as one of the best I’ll read in 2015.” – The Novel Approach
“This novel combines romance with paranormal fear and humour perfectly, as illustrated by this line –’Occasionally, when one looks into the pit, the pit looks back. Sometimes it winks.’ It’s a lovely mix of Nietzsche, Poe, and pure K.J. Charles.” All About Romance, grade A, Desert Isle Keeper
The Price of Meat
Johanna Oakley will do anything to save her beloved Arabella from the cruelty of Mr. Fogg’s madhouse—but ‘anything’ turns out to be more than she bargained for when she finds herself working for a man suspected of worse than murder.
As Johanna is plunged from the horror of Sawney Reynard’s barber shop into the foul, lawless labyrinth at the heart of London, will she–or anyone–get out alive?
This is a standalone 15,000-word story, first published as part of the anthology All In Fear.