Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pack of Trouble, Bk 5, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, by Liza O'Connor


The Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book 5

Pack of Trouble
Liza O’Connor
Cases to be solved:

Missing Ladybird Finds a Nest
Tainted Urchin Turns Deadly
Stroke of Shame
Trouble in the Underworld

While Xavier’s plan to take a holiday in Europe for Vic to have her baby incognito works well enough, complications during the birth almost take both mother and child. Dr. Connors performs his first cesarean ever, but it has to be kept a secret since most believe Vic is a young gentleman.
 While successful, it Vic takes months to recover. A prisoner to the bed, she spends her time encouraging marriage between two of their employees. Unfortunately, Xavier’s original negotiations with Tubs prevents the giant from acting on his heart. While Xavier chases about ladies enjoying the sun, Vic convinces Tubs to resign his service.
When Xavier and Vic return to England, the head of Scotland Yard awaits them at the dock. A great change in Parliament has occurred due to the fallout of their last investigation. England is crumbling beneath an outbreak of crimes and their help is desperately needed before lives are ruined and jobs are lost.

Once inside his surgical room, Dr. Connors ordered everyone but Xavier out. All but Tubs complied.
“Thank you, Tubs, you can go,” Connors snapped.
“All the same with you, I’ll stay.” He then focused on Xavier. “He shouldn’t be cutting to set bones. He should be able to do that by feel. And if he can’t, I can.”
“You can set bones?” Connors challenged.
“I’ve set my own all the time, and I can clearly walk and they don’t hurt, so I’d say I can do bones really well.”
“Yes, your nose is inspiring.”
“My pa kicked me in face when I was three. Nobody set that one ’cause I hadn’t learned how yet.”
“Enough!” Xavier snapped. “Connors, will you at least allow him to try? Tubs has never once overpromised on something he says he can do.”
“He can try setting the right leg. If he can’t, I’ll repair it surgically.”
Tubs grabbed Vic’s leg, pulled, causing her to growl, then released it.
“Damn it, Tubs! I didn’t mean now! Turn around while I get Vic’s pants off so I can see to the damage you just did.”
Tubs glared at him. “I didn’t do no damage. I set the leg like it needed. There’s no reason Vic has to suffer pain while you undress him. He don’t need to be naked to set bones.”
Once the pant leg was cut off above the injury, Connors examined the bone. He continued to feel the leg until Xavier lost patience. “Connors, what is your finding.”
He stepped back and shook his head. “The leg is so well set that I can barely detect the break.” He focused on Tubs. “Have you ever set an ankle?”
Tubs nodded. “Takes longer, due to all the little bones, but I can do it.”
Connors pointed to the bones he believed were broken.
Tubs did his own feel. “There’s another one further down.” He closed his eyes and allowed his fingers to see for him.
Vic growled.

Xavier petted her forehead. “Turns out we can add bone-setting to Tubs’ long list of valuable skills.


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 Xavier, 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 --  Xavier's worst nightmare comes to life. Several of the Crime Lords discover that Xavier has a living mother. The desire to make Xavier dance to their whims is too irresistible to ignore. If they own his mother, they own Xavier.

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