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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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that did not appear in Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective (PearTree Press, 2010) and two brand new adventures previously unpublished.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.

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.