Mark of the Magpie
by K. Bannerman
When Lizzie Saunders and Chen Shaozhu arrive in the port city of Victoria, BC, she dares to imagine a place where they can enjoy a happy future together. With the help of the cantankerous Mr. Fish, Lizzie begins to cultivate friendships: she volunteers with an amateur theatre group, studies medicine, tends the garden, and settles into a comfortable life of social engagements and high tea.
But the crimes of her family can not be completely forgotten, no matter how hard she pretends to be normal. When a gruesome murder stirs up ghosts from her past, someone - or something - begins to haunt her through the city's dark alleys, seedy taverns, wharves and opium dens. Is it her imagination, her guilty conscience, or a killer who knows her secret?
Mark of the Magpie is a gothic mystery of corruption, bitter artistic rivalries, betrayal and clandestine affairs. Here, in a shining city of flowers and fine china, everyone has something to hide and nothing is quite what it seems.