Excerpt from NO MORE BROTHERS Wednesday, February 13, 1867 “Have you ever seen an old woman sitting near the public gardens? She chants some gibberish.” “The gypsy queen?” “She’s a queen?” He shrugged. “That’s what Falco calls her. He said she has marvels. Once he saw her gazing into magic crystals and once, when a man passed by her and Falco was watching and the man was old and snarly just then as he was passing right in front of the gypsy queen she hummed at him and his arm turned into a … [Read more...] about Gazing into Magic Crystals
Two immortals discuss Labor Day Think about it, all characters are immortal. Two of them, Rosa and Serafina were born in imagination. They had parts to play in my historical mysteries. For me they won't die and for anyone else who cares to read their words, they will in some way remain alive. One thing about them, Rosa and Serafina comment. Sitting on some fat cloud and enjoying perfect weather they look down on war and peace, perhaps on this parade in New York in 1909 when Labor Day was … [Read more...] about Why Do They Call It Labor Day If No One Works?
Excerpt from Death of a Serpent October 1866 In her mind Serafina visits the orphanage as a child with her mother, seeing Betta and Tigro, two of the orphans standing together. Inseparable, her mother tells her. Tigro is dressed in hand-me downs like the others, but somehow different, straight and proud, muscular for a boy; hands at his side, and still, so still, except for his thumb and forefinger, rubbing them together slowly, deliberately, back and forth. Then he is gone—banished by Mother … [Read more...] about Don Tigro’s Backstory
Excerpt from the novella, No More Brothers Tuesday, February 11, 1867 Carlo grinned. “Take Colonna’s help if he offers it. And with Loffredo as the examiner, the police can’t sweep away this murder.” Serafina’s cheeks flamed at the sound of Loffredo’s name. Utter nonsense—no one could replace her husband. Besides, she was still wearing black. “True. And his death will have a big following. He was popular in Oltramari and he’ll need to be buried with military honors.” “Honors? That … [Read more...] about Flirting with Anarchy
Excerpt from “Bella’s Body,” the opening chapter, Death of a Serpent On the ride home Serafina considered Rosa’s request. Giorgio’s death had been a sudden slap, what, less than six months ago. Her children needed her now more than ever. Bad enough leaving them when she was called in the middle of the night to a birthing, but she must continue with midwifery: it was her specialness. Besides, she had a commitment to the town, received a stipend, and they needed the coins. If she were engaged in … [Read more...] about Through Clouds of Dust