Today I am pleased to welcome Liza O’Connor. She brings humor to all her stories. The Missing Partner is book 2 in her mystery series. Keep reading to find out more about her characters, books, and a little about Liza.

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The Adventures of

Xavier & Vic

Book 2

The Missing Partner

By Liza O’Connor

Cases to be Resolved:

The ‘New Woman’ Who Lost Her Old Mind

The Lost Servant of Dante’s Hell

The Disappearance of a Very Important Man

The Abduction of Sneaky Snake by a Grand Elephant

The Cat Who Wore Too Much


Vic Hamilton takes the reins of the investigation office, while Xavier Thorn disappears on an assignment for the British government. Her caseload is entirely ‘lost and recovery’ cases. In the midst of solving all her client’s problems, she learns that the government has lost Xavier. With the help of the gypsy pirate Jacko, and her driver Davy, Vic rushes against time to rescue everyone.

Most alarming, she befriends and hires a dangerous criminal as an employee of Xavier Thorn’s Private Inquiries—without Xavier’s permission.

An Excerpt

Stone frowned. “I’m sure you’ll be more comfortable telling this story in my office.” When he turned and left the room, Vic had no choice but to follow along with Jacko and the sergeant. She knew Stone’s frown meant he had no interest saving servants from gentry. If only Xavier were here to bully Scotland Yard along.

Once everyone took their seats in Stone’s office, he asked Victor to tell the story again for his benefit.

“Mr. Robinson and his butler have run a prostitution business out of his house for at least eighteen years, possibly longer.”

Stone rubbed his temples as if he had a headache. “What precisely do you think he does?”

“Jonston hires a plethora of beautiful young maids and handsome gardeners. Presently, they have sixteen such maids, and ten young gardeners.”

“There is no law against having too many servants.”

“True, but forcing them into prostitution against their will is against the law.”

“Can you prove that?”

“Do you consider the testimony of the twenty-six victims as proof?”

His finger rapped his note pad in agitation. “The number of claims will help, but the law favors the gentry’s word over the poor.”

Victor slammed her hand down on the arm of her chair. “Well, if we had time, I would suggest you send a policeman undercover so he could be one of the fifty gentlemen who visit every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during business hours.”

Stone frowned further.

“The neighbors across the street can attest to the quantity of visitors,” Vic added and then lost patience with him. “Inspector Stone, if you do not do something soon, my cook’s niece will end up in some Sultan’s harem. Now stop frowning and help me!”


Book 1

The Troublesome Apprentice



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Book 2

The Missing Partner


About the author


First, I got tired of telling my proper blog. Now, I’m tired of telling my improper bio. So what’s left?

Liza O’Connor was born, raised badly, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast…and employment, there were no jobs in the Mid-west. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. All those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. And given her past, they will likely traumatize you.

Mostly humorous books by Liza:

Saving CaseyOld woman reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)

Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)

A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)

Worst Week EverLaugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.

Oh Stupid HeartThe heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.

Coming to ReasonThere is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.

Climbing out of HellThe reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.

The Troublesome ApprenticeThe greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.

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