After Sarah and Miss LaFleur find Arlen Quincy hiding in the walls of his own house, it becomes apparent that he faked his own death. But why?
As we head into the last issue of the series, I have to say that it’s been a terrific ride, and I’ll miss this band of misfits who came together to save the universe. But as they say, all good things must come to an end.
With Mack dead and his wife drunkenly talking to an empty room, Sarah can’t help but feel sorry for her. But her generous nature is put to the test when she discovers Mr. Huang conjuring some sort of spell in front of the vault containing the estate’s antiquities. Ready to fight him, he disarms her and politely apologizes. He adamantly denies being the killer and says he is only there to take back a scroll that was stolen from his organization, The Golden Crane Society. Familiar with the organization and its members, Sarah is relieved to take one suspect off the list. Miss LaFleur, however, is still convinced Dr. Caliban is their prime suspect. That is until Sarah realizes they missed an important clue. Oh, and everyone is still having those weird dreams.
We last left Andy, Effy, and the survivors of the attack on Sampson fleeing the planet; however, the villagers who fought against the vampires had a secret of their own: They were robots designed to look humanoid and be able to hide in plain sight. This was a huge surprise to many, causing some serious morale problems. Back on the mining colony of Dirishu-6, Tim and Driller the Killer team up to face off with Mother’s sister.
With three mysterious deaths on their hands, Sarah and Miss La Fleur each have their favorite suspects: Sarah believes Mr. Huang is hiding something, and Miss La Fleur is convinced Dr. Caliban is the most likely suspect. It seems Mr. Huang was extremely interested in bidding on a Chinese scroll with supernatural properties at the auction; however, Miss La Fleur had interrupted Dr. Caliban while he was in the middle of some sort of ritual.
In the last issue, Tim’s journey to find out what the Great Machine was keeping from him brings a surprising revelation—it wanted Tim to defy it and search for the truth himself. What Tim found was a duality that co-exists together: man and machine alongside magic and data. The Great Machine gifts Tim with all the data and all the magic, allowing Tim to change into something else if he desires. But what really changed him was meeting the humans who became his family and, finally, Mila.
Trapped in a mansion on an island during a storm, Sarah Jewell and her traveling campaign, Miss La Fleur, now have two mysterious deaths on their hands: the husband of their host and one of the guests. What was supposed to be an auction of arcane and supernatural items has become a murder mystery, and everyone is a suspect, including the rare objects up for sale. The death of Mr. Eckart has all of the earmarks of an occult ritual gone wrong. Both Sarah and Miss La Fleur suspect that the artifacts may be the cause of it all, but they have no proof and no leads. What is even stranger is that everyone has had the same dream of shadows closing in on them. Does this portend another death?
I love history, so when I was approached to read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of an anthology of historical fiction about the interaction of Viking voyagers with Islamic emissaries in the 10th century, I had to say yes. I mean, who doesn’t love Vikings mixing it up with the dynamic and powerful Islamic kingdoms of that time period? I do admit that having a Master’s degree in Arabic and the Cultural History of the Arabs did influence me a bit. But then again, it has Vikings.