You wouldn’t expect a detective with Sherlockian deductive skills to have amnesia.
But Byron Constantine is hardly the detective you’d expect.
The Pennington Perplexity
Aspiring artist Mira Blayse isn’t concerned with upper-tier society or conforming to Victorian expectations—she has a murder to solve. At least, she thinks it was murder. Her parents’ deaths in 1870 couldn’t have been by accident, but the more she investigates, the less she seems to find. Sitting at a café, she sketches a mysterious stranger, not realizing that she’s penciling in the features of the man who will help her solve the case once and for all.
Byron Constantine lives day-to-day, desperately trying to hold onto his memories, only for them to slip through his fingers. Some days, he doesn’t even know that he’s lost four years of his life. As he manages to continue his work as a private detective, he realizes that maybe he doesn’t need his memory after all. That is until he wants to remember Mira Blayse.
With her keen eye for detail and his remarkable deductive skills, the two become entangled in a criminal investigation. As they uncover the secrets of the past, they must work together to stop history from repeating itself again.
15th Annual Whitney Awards Finalist
Flashes of Memory
The last time Byron Constantine took a case from Her Majesty, he lost his memory. But even he knows not to refuse Queen Victoria.
When Mira Blayse agreed to be a personal secretary to an amnesiac detective, she never expected to be invited to Buckingham Palace, yet here she is meeting with the Prime Minister. They are assigned to protect the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. But neither knew that this would lead to murder, espionage, and not one, but three mysteries.
After an encounter with a woman from his past, Byron begins to regain his memory bit by bit. At first Mira is overjoyed at his recovery, but it soon becomes apparent that he still forgets her each time he wakes up.
This new development, family expectations and the ever looming Order of Circe all threaten their unique partnership, the truth, and their lives. With Mira’s heart pulled every which way, she struggles to accept that the man she loves will never remember her.
16th Annual Whitney Awards Finalist
Not sure yet?
Get a free short story sent straight to your inbox!
Byron Constantine is a detective with Sherlockian deductive skills. So why can't he figure out his own little mystery? From the black eye that appeared overnight to the abrupt change in seasons, something isn't adding up.
What Do Readers Think?
What a charming story! Natalie's brilliant details and descriptions really puts this story on the map of one of my favorites. I fell in love with Mira and Byron, their stubbornness and quirky relationship, and the two investigations that pull them together. Natalie manages to weave true historical events with fictional ones in a way that made me head straight to Google to satisfy my curiosity about real events in 1888 London. Natalie's characters, including her rich, descriptive settings, are beautifully created and came to life soon after I started reading. Her use of red herrings, carefully placed clues, and a complex storyline had me turning the pages faster and faster. Such a great read! If you love Sherlock-onion stories and a bit of romance and mystery-solving danger, you'll absolutely love this book.