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Elizabeth A. A. Wilson, one-half of the writing team that created The Humbug Murders. Signing and chat.

L. J. OLIVER is the pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling writing team Scott Ciencin and Elizabeth A. A. Wilson, brought together by their shared passion for British myster­ies, Victorian London, and Charles Dickens.

Sarasota writer Elizabeth A. A. Wilson is author of several books, including the Christmas mystery novel The Humbug Murders, which she wrote with her dear friend the New York Times bestselling author Scott Ciencin. Since Scott’s sudden and devastating death in 2014, Elizabeth vowed to continue her path of creative experimentation and has since published the comic fantasy Ascension Denied, starred in an award-winning documentary about the making of Mystic Searches, published a guide to self-mastery titled Flagship Living, is completing her PhD in Divinity and has refused to mow her back lawn for four months to see how many species of dragonfly emerge. She lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband Matt and two little girls, Penelope and Olivia.

About The Humbug Murders

Can you imagine spending a single Christmas on the streets of London 150 years ago? Sure, if you were one of the wealthy few you’d have the time to enjoy the melodious harmonies of street carolers in the snow, or the soft waft of roasting chestnuts mingling with the spices of mulled cider.

But, if like the money-lender Ebenezer Scrooge and his assistant Dickens, you belonged to the working majority, you’d be cold, hungry, and probably looking over your shoulder to avoid the revenge of the Colley Brothers, kings of the underworld. Perhaps on your way home from borrowing just another few farthings to pay for a Christmas goose you’d be wading through the ankle-deep gum of rotting straw and sewage covering the slippery cobbled streets. Hurrying through the warren of damp brickwork, eyes squinting in the smog, even if you suddenly heard a blood-curdling scream coming from a nearby warehouse you wouldn’t want to miss a step or you’d slip into the stinking river Thames. Like so many of the missing London women…

In 1822 Victorian London, the Christmas geese are getting fat—as are the pockets of ambitious young moneylender Ebenezer Scrooge. In his counting house, warmed by a solitary lump of coal, Ebenezer receives an early morning visit from his old mentor, Reginald Fezziwig. Not that strange, except that Fezziwig claims to be dead. Murdered, in fact. And his ghost predicts other victims will follow— including Scrooge himself—unless Ebenezer finds the real culprit.

Aided by an unconventional female clerk named Adelaide Owen, Ebenezer puts his keen mind and deductive reasoning to work in this vital venture. And as the two mingle with some of the city’s most colorful characters— the Artful Dodger, Fagin, even a wily young reporter named Charles Dickens— they discover a lurid world of vice, greed, and deadly appetite. But the truth is murkier than the Thames at twilight, and one misplaced word, one glance askew, and the ever-thrifty Scrooge and his fellow detective will be forced to pay the ultimate price. . .

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