Series: In Peril in China
These are Historical Adventure stories set in China at the end of the 19th Century. The main characters -- Marine Lt. Hezekiah Sauer, the Baronet Sir Michael Beauclerk de Bartham, and Red Lantern witch Li Chʻou Tzu -- were introduced in my novel, American Guns, Chinese Magic, which details how these three first met. As I spent most of my time on the novel, there are at the moment only two short stories about them now in print, but a 3rd is not yet published. The collections that each story appears in are listed below.
Death in the Drowned Lands
Fark . . .
"Death is a Matter of Faith"
"A Death in Dalny"
Short Story Collection (published in Australia)
"The Treasure Bowl of Shen Wan San"
As Tientsin falls to the Allied forces, Red Lantern witch Li Ch'ou Tzu insists on entering the city -- heedless of the ongoing battle -- in order to secure a sacred magic item: the treasure bowl of Shen Wan San. When Sauer refuses, she takes off on her own, forcing him to chase after her into a city under attack.
Former Red Lantern witch Li Ch'ou Tzu has been arrested, and Sauer and de Barham are heading south to try and get her out of jail. But when they become stranded in a flooded district, Sauer must solve a murder and find the true killer before a native Christian convert is put to death for a crime she did not commit.
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