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‘Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit’ is Amazon Kindle deal for November

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Amazon has chosen “Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit” as a Kindle Monthly Deal for all of November, priced at $1.99.

Felicity Carrol is brilliant, resourceful and not interested in becoming a proper young Victorian lady. When her mentor is brutally murdered she investigates only to find that the realm itself could be threatened.

“[Felicity] is a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones…Recommended to those looking for a female superhero out to right wrongs and defy convention to do so.”—Historical Novels Review

Excerpt from “Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit”

Surrey, England

1887

“Everyone, please take shelter behind the hedges,” Felicity Carrol announced.

Her homemade bomb was about to explode.

The dozen servants obeyed without hesitation. It was nearly ten at night, and they had already rescued what furniture and art they could from the east wing before Felicity told them to leave the rest to the flames. With help, she had first rescued the chemicals and scientific equipment from her laboratory, which was the source of the fire currently consuming the house.

When Felicity determined that the blaze could not be contained and would spread, she came up with a plan to save the rest of Carrol Manor. In the kitchen, she combined the perfect amounts of glycerin with nitric and sulfuric acids. She added torn paper and porridge oats to absorb the unstable mixture. With cautious movements, she packed the volatile paste into an Italian ceramic urn she had always disliked. As she did so, she reviewed the formula in her mind. Many times, pride in her knowledge and abilities suppressed any doubt about her experiments. She loathed that aspect of her personality—taking pleasure in what she could accomplish. For instance, she would bet no other young woman in England, well, in all of Surrey anyway, was capable of constructing a bomb in their kitchen. Despite the delicate work, Felicity wanted to laugh. Besides herself, what young woman would even want to pack an urn with dynamite?

 Still, better to be careful in case she did not know as much as she thought she did about bomb making. Although confident in her chemistry, she didn’t want anyone harmed if something went wrong. And plenty had already gone wrong that evening. The fire was proof of that. So she had asked the servants to leave while she created the explosive.

Aided by John Ryan, an affable Irishman in charge of the grounds, she had carried the dynamite-filled urn outside. Together, they placed it in the middle of the long hallway connecting the east wing to the rest of the manor.  

After glancing back to make sure everyone was protected, Felicity lit a match to a line of gun powder Ryan had supplied. Spitting sparks, the powder burned toward her handmade explosive.

 “Time to run,” she told Ryan.

“As you say, Miss Carrol.”

She picked up her skirt for an unfettered escape. Ryan ran alongside her.

Behind the hedge, they all waited. The air pounded. The ground tremored, and glass

shattered. A burning timber flew over their heads, eliciting gasps from the female servants.

Felicity peeked around the hedge. A good ten-meter chunk of the hallway had been blasted away. Her explosion had contained the fire to the east wing. The main house had suffered some shattered windows but was otherwise safe.

“You did it, Miss Felicity. No doubt they heard your bomb clear to Guildford,” Ryan said in his comfortable brogue.

“How much simpler if we’d had a stick of dynamite. But one must make do, thanks all the same to Mr. Alfred Nobel.” She did not want to appear too pleased with herself.

The remaining fire spit and hissed.

        

‘Perilous Pursuit’ is June Kindle deal

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Amazon has chosen “Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit” as a Kindle Monthly Deal priced at $1.99 until June 30. Enjoy the excerpt.

With the magnifying glass, she studied each of the bolts. Even set on a bed of red velvet, they were violent-looking things, some with barbs at the end. They showed rust and age, all except for the last bolt in the line. One end formed a square, and the tip came to a sharp point. The square appeared to match the dimensions of the hole in the hall upstairs. Dried blood streaked the body of the bolt and the velvet where it lay. Looking around to make sure no one watched, she picked up the bolt in her gloved hands for a closer examination in the sunlight coming from a large window overhead. Turning it around, there were red streaks on it, as if the killer had attempted to wipe off the blood. Although the stains were mere traces, the bolt felt hefty in her hand. It had been used to kill. Her mind hummed with questions, but she did have one answer.

She, Felicity Margaret Carrol, had found the murder weapon.

“[Felicity] is a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones…Recommended to those looking for a female superhero out to right wrongs and defy convention to do so.”
Historical Novels Review

“A must read. It has it all, an intelligent heroine, a compelling plot and plenty of Victorian atmosphere to keep you entertained to the very last page.”
—Emily Brightwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Jefferies mysterie

‘Murderous Menace’ is May Kindle deal

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Amazon has chosen “Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace” as a Kindle Monthly Deal. It will be priced at $2.99 thru May.”

This colorful, action-filled mystery presents a novel twist.”—Kirkus Reviews

Heiress and amateur detective Felicity Carrol makes a perilous journey to apprehend a notorious murderer who has terrorized England–and now continues his vicious killing spree across the pond.

Felicity Carrol would rather be doing just about anything other than attending balls or seeking a husband. What she really wants to do is continue her work using the latest forensic methods and her photographic memory to help London police bring murderers to justice, so when her friend, Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies, weak from injury, discovers a murder in a wild mining town in Montana that echoes the terrible crimes in England, Felicity decides to go herself.

In Placer, Montana, her first obstacle is handsome lawman Thomas Pike, who uses his intuition as much as his Colt in keeping law and order in this unruly town. When the murderer strikes again, Felicity begins to suspect Davies is correct: Jack the Ripper has come to America. Felicity sets out to find the killer in a town chock full of secrets, shadows, and suspects, but as the body count rises, this intrepid sleuth faces her most dangerous adversary yet–and discovers that not all killers are as they seem.

Felicity Carrol eBook sale ends soon

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The eBook sale for the FELICITY CARROL mystery series ends Jan. 31.

Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit: Brilliant and eccentric heiress Felicity Carrol turns detective when her mentor is murdered but she uncovers a larger conspiracy. ($1.99)

Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace: Felicity Carrol travels to America to track down what could be England’s most infamous killer. ($2.99)

“Marcantonio brings her characters to life through vivid storytelling [and] really does an excellent job of keeping her protagonist one step ahead of the reader.”—New York Journal of Books

‘Perilous Pursuit’ ebook on sale

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Enjoy a mystery this holiday season. FELICITY CARROL AND THE PERILOUS PURSUIT ebook is on sale for $1.99 all through December.

Felicity Carrol is interested in everything—except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, she took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money.

Felicity has other ambitions—but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit.

As the killer sets his sights on a new victim—a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination—the stakes rise to impossible heights. It’s a case that could shake the kingdom.

Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit

“Marcantonio brings her characters to life through vivid storytelling [and] really does an excellent job of keeping her protagonist one step ahead of the reader.”
New York Journal of Books

“[Felicity] is a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones..”
Historical Novels Review

“A must read. It has it all, an intelligent heroine, a compelling plot and plenty of Victorian atmosphere to keep you entertained to the very last page.”
—Emily Brightwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Jefferies mysteries

Criminal Element: Huzzah to an intriguing second entry in Felicity Carrol series

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Thanks Criminal Element for the nice review of FELICITY CARROL AND THE MURDEROUS MENACE.

https://www.criminalelement.com/review-felicity-carrol-and-the-murderous-menace-by-p-marcantonio/?image&utm_source=criminalelementnewsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_term=criminalelementaudience&utm_content=-na_read_blogpost&utm_campaign=021820&e=fda255c89332b5aea0852e38e8be1998254a8c177f2742f88663824d5a2642e5

Publishers Weekly: ‘Murderous Menace’ is ‘entrancing sequel’

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Thanks Publishers Weekly for review of FELICITY CARROL AND THE MURDEROUS MENACE.

“Fans of Laurie King and Jacqueline Winspear will be thrilled by this capable, independent female protagonist.”

For complete review, click here https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781643852898