The Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
The Missing Partner
By Liza O’Connor
Cases to be Resolved:
The ‘New Woman’ Who Lost Her Old Mind
The Lost Servant of Dante’s Hell
The Disappearance of a Very Important Man
The Abduction of Sneaky Snake by a Grand Elephant
The Cat Who Wore Too Much
Vic Hamilton takes the reins of the investigation office, while Xavier Thorn disappears on an assignment for the British government. Her caseload is entirely ‘lost and recovery’ cases. In the midst of solving all her client’s problems, she learns that the government has lost Xavier. With the help of the gypsy pirate Jacko, and her driver Davy, Vic rushes against time to rescue everyone.
Most alarming, she befriends and hires a dangerous criminal as an employee of Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquiries—without Xavier’s permission.
“Claire, why are you crying?”
“I don’t know. I am just so confused. I thought I knew what I wanted, but everything has changed since you met Xavier.”
Finally, Vic understood what tormented her sister. “You want an equal partner. Not a servant, nor a master, but a relationship of mutual respect and interests.”
Claire looked up at Vic. “Yes. Now do you understand why I want to marry Xavier?”
All her understanding died a quick and angry death. “No, Claire. I do not understand why you wish to marry my equal partner. I will, in fact, never understand that particular desire of yours, and if you persist in stating it aloud, we will cease to be friends. Am I making myself clear in this matter?”
Claire looked like a statue of stubborn righteousness.
Vic leaned forward and glared at her sister in fury. “I don’t care if you think me selfish. All you need to understand is that I’m serious. Xavier is mine and only mine. And I will hate anyone who tries to take him away from me.”
Claire rose and dramatically tossed herself onto the settee in the corner, far out of the reach of splashes of water. “I have broken it off with Jonas.”
“Good. That means the both of you can get on with your lives and find more compatible partners.” Vic leaned back in her tub.
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