NEW! The Agitated Elocutionist Radio Play on Episode 11 of the Lizzie Borden Podcast

Nine Muses Books is proud to present:

Episode 11: The Agitated Elocutionist: A Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Radio Play.

In this episode we bring you something completely different: an old-fashioned radio play adapted from The Agitated Elocutionist, one of Richard Behrens’ Lizzie Borden Girl Detective Mysteries. Although set in an authentic 1870s Fall River, MA, with a teenage Lizzie Borden and her real family members,  the rest is pure quirky fiction wrapped around an intriguing mystery.

In the world of the girl detective, and many years before her infamous arrest and trial for the murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie Borden pursued a career as a private consulting detective, and as you are about to hear, in The Agitated Elocutionist, she matches wits with a pompous elocutionist and her devoted man-servant. You have met Lizzie Borden before, but never like this!

This radio play is a departure from our usual history-based podcasts, and it is just plain FUN! The quirky characters of Richard Behrens’ imagination come to life right from the pages of his delightful and intriguing mysteries. The actors are superb and hilarious, and the sound effects beautifully capture the Victorian-era flavor of the story.

The e-book version of The Agitated Elocutionist is available as a free download at Amazon.com along with the rest of the Lizzie Borden Girl Detective Mysteries.

CAST

The talented cast of The Agitated Elocutionist as pictured left to right in group photo above:
Aaron Potter-Rychwa as Police Officers Beck, Bence and Oxnard
Wendy Almeida as Madame Arbuthnot
Christopher Pratt as Banters the Valet
Heather Herring as Sarah Borden and the narrator
Tara Sabino-Potter as Lizzie Borden
Ian Hefele as Arthur Tinge
Tyler Strickland as The City Marshal
Richard Behrens as Gerard Gumley and writer/director
Mason Amadeus,  audio engineer
Catherine Behrens as Abby Borden (pictured below in red sweater)

Listen to the Podcast here or subscribe to the series on iTunes.

The Agitated Elocutionist Radio Play is copyright 2017 Richard Behrens and Nine Muses Books.

The play was engineered by Mason Amadeus and original music was composed and performed  by TAM Productions. The Play was recorded at Manadnock Broadcasting Group, Keene, NH.

COMING SOON! NEW Short Story Collection: The Audible Amnesiac and other Lizzie Borden Girl Detective Mysteries!

COMING SOON! The Audible Amnesiac and other Lizzie Borden Girl Detective Mysteries. A NEW short story collection by author Richard Behrens and copyright 2017 Nine Muses Books. More clever mysteries, more quirky characters and more fun reads!

Read excerpt from NEW Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mystery The Audible Amnesiac

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The Exhausted Amanuensis is FREE for the next three days on Amazon!

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Introducing Miss Lizzie Borden of Fall River, Massachusetts, a most excellent girl detective and the most remarkable young woman ever to take on the criminal underworld. Many years before her infamous arrest and trial for the murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie Borden pursued a career as a private consulting detective as chronicled in this clever and imaginative series of short stories. When exiled math professor J. Wellington Welles believes that he is moving backwards in time, Lizzie Borden goes undercover as his personal amanuensis to discover the exact moment of his future murder as well as the name of the killer! Joined by her sister Emma in the somewhat reluctant role of maid-of-all-work, the Girl Detective faces her most puzzling challenge yet, and races against time to solve the problem of the Dark Conclusion. You have met Lizzie Borden before, but never like this!

 

The Scrooge of Second Street, a new short story

Prince Albert's Christmas TreeNine Muses Press announces publication of its December 2015 issue of the Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 2. The newsletters contains the latest news about Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective, and in addition,  a brand new short story, available exclusively in the newsletter! The newsletter is free, to receive your copy please sign up at http://eepurl.com/bCtr6b.  By signing up you will automatically receive the monthly newsletter as well as current announcements about Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective.

The Exhausted Amanuensis now available on Amazon Kindle

ExhaustedAmanuensisGreat news for Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective fans!  The Exhausted Amanuensis, the sixth in the Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-Mysteries series, is now available as a Kindle book on Amazon.

This is the first Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-Mystery to be made exclusive to Amazon.  That means those readers enrolled in Kindle Unlimited can read the story for free!

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When exiled math professor J. Wellington Welles believes that he is moving backwards in time, Lizzie Borden goes undercover as his personal amanuensis to discover the exact moment of his future murder as well as the name of the killer! Joined by her sister Emma in the somewhat reluctant role of maid-of-all-work, the Girl Detective faces her most puzzling challenge yet, and races against time to solve the problem of the Dark Conclusion. You have met Lizzie Borden before, but never like this!

 

Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-Mysteries available on Google Play

Mini-Mystery Series CoverThe Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-Mysteries by author Richard Behrens are now available on Google Play. The Mini-Mystery Series is a release of five short stories in e-book format including The Agitated Elocutionist, The Forlorn Maggie, The Purloined Curio, The Sculling Boat and The Melancholy Scion. Each story is available in its own e-book. Coming soon in 2015 are three brand new stories and a full-length novel, The Minuscule Monk. Check back here for more details, updates, and exclusive new material.

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Short stories now available on Amazon

AgitatedElocutionistThe Agitated Elocutionist by author Richard Behrens is now available in e-book format on Amazon.com.  This is the first release of five short stories in the Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective series of mini-mysteries including The Forlorn Maggie, The Purloined Curio, The Sculling Boat and The Melancholy Scion.  Each story will be available in its own e-book.  All five should be up by the end of next week.  Coming soon in the summer of 2015 are three brand new stories and a full-length novel, The Minuscule Monk.  Check back here for more details, updates, and exclusive new material.

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The Forlorn Maggie now available as ebook mini-mystery

ForlornMaggieCoverThe Forlorn Maggie: A Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-Mystery has just been published by Nine Muses Books as part of their Lizzie-Mini series.  This series will make Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective stories available in e-book format, including two stories that did not appear in Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective (PearTree Press, 2010) and two brand new adventures previously unpublished.

The Forlorn Maggie is the second in the series and was published to Smashwords.com on January 18, 2015.  More stories will be published over the next few months.  Later in the year, Nine Muses will publish a full-length Lizzie novel The Minuscule Monk.  Check this site in months to come for more details.

When Fiona Conway, the Forlorn Maggie, seeks revenge against Fleet Footed Fleet, the savage mastermind of the B.M.C. Durfee Mutiny, Lizzie Borden must summon all of her courage and confront her own dark secret. Together with her pinchfisted father Andrew Borden, Lizzie explores Victorian New England’s dark side.

You can  buy The Forlorn Maggie for your e-book library at Smashwords.com.

New Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective series from Nine Muses Books

The Agitated Elocutionist: A Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-MysteryThe Agitated Elocutionist: A Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mini-Mystery has just been published by Nine Muses Books as part of their Lizzie-Mini series.  This series will make Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective stories available in e-book format, including two stories that did not appear in Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective (PearTree Press, 2010) and two brand new adventures previously unpublished.

The Agitated Elocutionist is the first in the series and was published to Smashwords.com on January 2, 2015.  More stories will be published over the next few months.  Later in the year, Nine Muses will publish a full-length Lizzie novel The Minuscule Monk.  Check this site in months to come for more details.

Join Lizzie as she matches wits with the Agitated Elocutionist in this wry tale of mystery set in a Victorian New England mill town. When Mrs. Arbuthnot, the Agitated Elocutionist of Fall River, reports the disappearance of her coveted Star of Swansea, Lizzie Borden the Girl Detective enters into a maze of secrets, lies and tongue twisters. Together with her loyal cousin Sarah Borden, Lizzie explores Fall River’s dark side.

You can download The Agitated Elocutionist for free to your e-book library at Smashwords.com.

“The Sculling Boat” a new story published in The Hatchet

The Hatchet Spring 2012“The Sculling Boat” is a brand new Lizzie Borden: Girl Detective mystery just published in the spring 2012 issue of The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden & Victorian Studies.

Readers of the Lizzie Borden: Girl Detective series and the novel from PearTree Press may be delighted to hear that “The Sculling Boat” is a simple, uncomplicated tale of a very young and innocent Lizzie.   Author Richard Behrens calls it a Lizzie-Mini and offers it as a preview for a brand new collection of stories.  Keep watching this blog for more announcements on future Lizzie Borden: Girl Detective publications.

Order your copy of The Hatchet here  and enjoy “The Sculling Boat”.  The issue also offers some exciting newly discovered photographs of Bridget Sullivan, an interview with filmmaker Ric Rebello, a guide to collecting Lizzie Borden books plus more.

“The Agitated Elocutionist” a new story published in The Hatchet

The Hatchet Spring 2011 Cover

The Hatchet Spring 2011 Cover

“The Agitated Elocutionist,” a new Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective mystery by Richard Behrens, has been published in the latest issue of The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden and Victorian Studies.

“The Agitated Elocutionist” is the first Girl Detective Mystery to be published since PearTree Press presented the collection “Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective,” in April of 2010 and promises to be just as  original and amusing.  Lizzie Borden, the Girl Detective of Fall River, is joined by her affluent cousin Sarah Borden for a casual afternoon together during which they shop for clothing, eat lunch, interview crime suspects, disrupt the entire Fall River police department, destroy the career of a famed speech therapist, and send a few jewel thieves to jail.   Sarah is a bit rattled by it all, but to Lizzie, it’s all in a day’s unpaid work.

The new story has the honor of being published in a special edition of The Hatchet which features an interview with Michael Martins and Dennis Binette, the authors of  Parallel Lives: A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden and Her Fall River.  This new book, soon to be published, promises to be a landmark in Lizzie Borden Studies, a major original work by the Fall River Historical Society.  Many rumors conflict on what it contains, but if just a few of those rumors are true, this book will change the way we look at the historical Lizzie Borden and reveal a history that has been concealed for over a hundred years.

The new issue of The Hatchet also features writings by Michael Brimbau, Stefani Koorey, David Marshall James, Kat Koorey, Denise Noe and others.  Order your copy now from http://www.lizzieandrewborden.com/HatchetOnline/.

Doctor Seabury Bowen Revealed

A recent meeting of the Mutton Eaters, the Fall River Chapter of the Second Street Irregulars, focused on the life of Dr. Seabury W. Bowen of Fall River.  The good doctor was a crucial player in the events of August 4, 1892.  No account of the murders and its aftermath can trivialize his role.  A fictional Dr. Bowen  makes a prominent appearance in the short story “The Melancholy Scion,” the fifth installment of Lizzie Borden: Girl Detective.  What is particularly relevant about the Mutton Eaters’ workshop on Dr. Bowen was the presentation by Lorraine Gregoire of a photograph of the young Dr. Bowen.  In this photograph, he seems as young as he would appear in the short story which takes place in 1877.   You can see the photograph and read much information about Dr. Bowen’s life at Shelley Dziedzic’s blog Lizzie Borden: Warps & Wefts.

Lizzie Borden’s River

Fall River is named after the Quequechan (pronounced by Fall Riverites Quick-a-shan) which is the word in the Wampanoag tongue for Falling River.  While the city has not been called Fall River continuously since the land’s purchase from the Wampanoag (it has also been dubbed, at various times, Freetown and Troy), the river itself, which originates at two large inland ponds and then courses westward into Mount Hope Bay, has been the single most significant natural resource in the city’s history.  The Quequechan provided water power to the mills before the days of steam engines and helped put the city into history as a significant center of American textile production.    Other textile centers like Lowell, MA and Manchester, NH were financed by Boston conglomerates, but the mills of Fall River were all developed by local families like the Bordens who, in the early days of the 19th century, owned a lot of land around the Quequechan.

The river, one of great beauty and power, has sadly became covered up by the mills, some of which literally straddled the width of the waters.  Even today, the river runs underneath a highway.  Like the Wampanoag themselves, it is a ghost of the city’s past and an echo of its conscience.  We have no evidence that Lizzie Borden thought much about it, although she must have known of its existence.

The opening chapter of “The Forlorn Maggie” entitled “Hidden Waters” describes the river as being like a wandering ghost under the industrial streets.  The people enjoying themselves in the sunlight of Main Street, shopping and gossiping, are not thinking about the mills or the hidden waterway that courses under their feet.  All that energy, all that wealth, moving silent, deep, and unobserved.

This video shows several images of the river from various stages of Fall River history.