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The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

P. N. Elrod

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The Hanged Man is the first book all-new Gaslamp Fantasy series by P. N. Elrod.

On a freezing Christmas Eve in 1879, a forensic psychic reader is summoned from her Baker Street lodgings to the scene of a questionable death. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury (named after her godmother, the current Queen of England) is adamant that the death in question is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed, after the shocking revelation contained by the body in question, Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.

Turning to some choice allies—the handsome, prescient Lieutenant Brooks, the brilliant, enigmatic Lord Desmond, and her rapscallion cousin James—Alex will have to marshal all of her magical and mental acumen to save Queen and Country from a shadowy threat. Our singular heroine is caught up in this rousing gaslamp adventure of cloaked assassins, meddlesome family, and dark magic.

"Murder, mayhem and tea—a well-bred Victorian urban fantasy thriller. Prepare, o reader, to be enthralled."—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of the Mercy Thompson series on P.N. Elrod's The Hanged Man

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CHAPTER ONE

In Which Miss Pendlebury Is Called to Duty



LONDON, ENGLAND,

CHRISTMAS MORNING 1879

No commonplace death would require Alex's presence at such an ungodly hour; calls to the house of a Reader...

Praise for The Hanged Man

"This well-constructed novel will please fans of alternate history, fantasy, and mystery."—Publishers Weekly

"A robust and clever breakout novel."—Kirkus Reviews

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P. N. Elrod

P. N. "Pat" Elrod is the author of more than twenty novels and over twenty short stories, and is an editor and co-editor of several collections, including the New York Times bestselling anthologies Strange Brew and My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

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