BUCKET OF BLOOD, by K. Bannerman
Lizzie’s mother is dead, and left in the care of her prim older sister, the 15-year-old fears her carefree ways are over. But when tragedy strikes her small community in the summer of 1898, Lizzie discovers a sinister web of lies and deception, of murders past and present. Fierce resentments and racial tensions boil beneath the illusion of civilization. Soon, Lizzie finds herself ensnared in a secret that stretches from the opium dens of British Columbia and the alleys of San Francisco to the jungles of Panama and beyond — and it’s a secret that the murderer will do anything to protect.
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“I highly recommend Bucket of Blood… Lizzie very much reminds me of a young female Sherlock Holmes, including all of the mental complexities that make him so brilliant.” – Steampunk Canada
MARK OF THE MAGPIE, by K. Bannerman
When Lizzie Saunders and Chen Shaozhu arrive in the port city of Victoria, BC, she dares to imagine a place where they can enjoy a happy future together. With the help of the cantankerous Mr. Fish, Lizzie begins to cultivate friendships: she volunteers with an amateur theatre group, studies medicine, tends the garden, and settles into a comfortable life of social engagements and high tea. But the crimes of her family can not be completely forgotten, no matter how hard she pretends to be normal. When a gruesome murder stirs up ghosts from her past, someone – or something – begins to haunt her through the city’s dark alleys, seedy taverns, wharves and opium dens. Is it her imagination, her guilty conscience, or a killer who knows her secret?
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“Bannerman writes in a very clean style of prose, but every so often she’ll turn a phrase so striking that it’s almost poetry.” – Frank Zafiro, author of The Last Horseman, Waist Deep, and the River City Crime series.
THE AGONY OF ST. ALICE, by K. Bannerman
With her hopes for a secure life in ruins, Lizzie Saunders finds herself on the run with an unexpected traveling companion: the thief, Jack Hunter. But the winter of 1898 is a difficult time to travel. After fleeing Victoria, the two fugitives soon find themselves stranded by snow, trapped with strangers in a remote sanitarium, and the law closing in. Lizzie discovers that nothing at St. Alice Hotel is what it seems. Every guest harbours secrets, and when she befriends a dying patient, Lizzie begins to suspect that his malady is not of natural causes, but a most curious and wicked attempt at murder. Equal parts mystery, adventure, and Canadian history, ‘The Agony of St. Alice’ follows Lizzie as her journey takes her deep into the snow-bound wilderness, where monsters prowl and hunger reigns, and the winter turns weak men cruel.
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“Bannerman offers a clear insight into the mind of a tyrannical sociopath.” – Scott Sandridge, Tangent Short Fiction Review
LOVE & LOVECRAFT, by K. Bannerman
Harriet Lovecraft, a spinster of no importance, has lived an unremarkable life in the sleepy county of Dunham, tending to the village library as her three younger sisters attempt to secure happy marriages. But when a mysterious gentleman moves into the grand ruins of Northwich Hall, the young men of the village begin to disappear one by one, and her dull life is turned topsy-turvy.
When the first man turns up dead in a ghastly and uncanny manner, Harriet resolves to root out the culprit before all of her sisters’ suitors are murdered. Her quest takes her to the shadowy edge of human knowledge, where teratological monsters hunt and ravenous gods prowl, and where ideas are fashioned into preternatural weapons with the power to destroy the universe.
Blending country house novels and cosmic horror tales, Love and Lovecraft is a genre-hopping adventure through the unpredictable landscape of myth, madness, tea, and tentacles.
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“Good humour and relatable characters make this a fun read. And it is a warm story… full of wit and a keen sense of the ridiculous.” – Damien Seaman, “From Austen to Arkham: An In-Depth Review of Love and Lovecraft”