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Peaks Island Press publishes the novels written and translated by the brother and sister team of Eugene and Katherine Woodbury. The ePub and Kindle ebooks are compiled from hand-coded HTML and published region-free and DRM-free. The ePub editions for Apple, Nook, and Kobo are distributed via Smashwords.

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A Man of Few Words by Katherine Woodbury

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Adaptations and explorations of Jane Austen's most beloved and well-known work have too often transformed Fitzwilliam Darcy into the stereotypical alpha male of Regency romances. In order to correct that popular misunderstanding, Darcy now offers within the pages of this novella a more "balanced" view of the relationship between himself and Elizabeth Bennet.

Angel Falling Softly by Eugene Woodbury

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Rachel Forsythe's daughter is dying of cancer. Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, arrives in Utah to finalize the takeover of a medical technology company. When a chance encounter brings them together, Rachel makes a dangerous discovery: Milada is a vampire, and the only person who can save her daughter's life.

Apron by Katherine Woodbury

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Making the most of her unique ability to speak to remnants of the dead, Donna Howard researches the provenance of art and antiques. This time around, Donna's investigation into a colonial-era portrait from upstate New York unexpectedly uncovers the dark history of her adopted niece, SarahAnn, bringing to light a possible kidnapping and a serial killer who got away scot-free.

Aubrey by Katherine Woodbury

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Aubrey St. Clair was merrily working her way up the social ladder of high society. And then somebody went and turned her into a cat. She is rescued by a "slum magician," except he would happily vivisect her in order to reveal her secrets. To stay alive, Aubrey will have to figure out how to stay human. Or perhaps becoming fully human is the last thing she really wants.

The Bronze Devil by Ranpo Edogawa

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A thief is on the loose in Tokyo, a smash and grab artist that targets high-end jewelry stores. The identity of this burglar is no mystery. It's a metal robot, dubbed the "Bronze Devil." With its ability to appear and disappear out of nowhere, the police are powerless to stop it—which can only mean it's time to put master sleuth Kogoro Akechi and the Boy Detectives Club on the case.

Clasp by Katherine Woodbury

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Entombed within a cache of holy relics from Medieval England, the ghost of a young boy knows only that he must protect the treasure from a corrupt king. It is up to Donna Howard, an antiquities appraiser who can speak with the spirits, to help him confront his past and reclaim his birthright. Even when the crime is five hundred years old, Donna is determined to solve the case.

Coin by Katherine Woodbury

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Donna Howard debuts in a mystery series about what makes people tick. In her day-to-day life, Donna is as ordinary as they come, except for her extraordinary ability to see history, to physically interact with the ghostly remnants of ancient, colonial, and Victorian-age people. When a suspicious death occurs close to home, "then" and "now" collide in ways she can no longer ignore.

Dunbar Woods by Beth Woodbury Hart

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Tamlin is one of the Fairlies, a tribe of Fair Folk with magical powers and eternal youth. As Watcher for the Ettrick clan, Tam guards his family's home in Dunbar Woods. When his sister, the clan's Storyteller, runs away and elopes, the cold and powerful Queen Morna threatens to cast Tam into the dark and terrifying Pit unless he can convince a human girl to take his sister's place.

Fox & Wolf by Eugene Woodbury

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Ami Tokudaiji is a Japanese werefox from an aristocratic family whose fortunes are threatened by a financial scandal. Yuki Yamakawa is a werewolf from the wrong side of the tracks. When they both end up in the same homeroom class at Osaka's most exclusive girl's school, they'll have to stop fighting each other long enough to join forces against the mobsters menacing Ami's family.

The Gentleman and the Rake by Katherine Woodbury

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This omnibus edition of Mr. B Speaks! and A Man of Few Words first takes a lighthearted look at the critical events in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Then Mr. B, the redeemed rake of Samuel Richardson's scandalous Pamela, gets to tell his side of the story. A lively romp through the roots of the modern romance novel!

Lord Simon by Katherine Woodbury

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To save a woman under assault, Lord Simon bespelled her into the walls of his house, magic he discovers he cannot undo. Driven to free her from a prison of wood and stone, he consorts with the dregs of society, and bargains with the high and mighty. As his reputation and his house crumble around him, his obsession to save a woman long thought dead may drive him mad.

Mr. B Speaks! by Katherine Woodbury

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Did Mr. B, the famously redeemed rake of English letters, romance his great love or abuse her? In a world where characters from novels can be put on trial for their literary crimes, Mr. B must defend his actions before skeptical scholars and an unsentimental judge. Can he salvage his good name and win back his wife? Step into the courtroom and examine the evidence for yourself!

The Path of Dreams by Eugene Woodbury

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Although they've seen each other only once, Elaine Chieko Packard and Connor McKenzie have been haunted ever since by passionate dreams they cannot control. They determine to resolve the tensions between the moral strictures of their religion and their own overpowering emotions by eloping, a decision that triggers an unexpected series of events.

Persuadable by Katherine Woodbury

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This unique take on Jane Austen's Persuasion records the major events of the novel from the perspective of the novel's nemeses: the scheming Mrs. Clay and the wily Mr. Elliot. Exploring their uneven path to love, Persuadable challenges assumptions about class, money, and marriage that still persist two hundred years later. Who says a couple of gold diggers can't fall in love?

The Phantom Doctor by Ranpo Edogawa

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Fed up with those meddling kids from the Boy Detectives Club, the Fiend with Twenty Faces plans to exact his revenge and walk off with a priceless work of art in the bargain! Pursuing them through haunted houses and limestone caves, the Fiend lures master sleuth Kogoro Akechi and the members of the Boy Detectives Club deep underground for a life-or-death struggle in the dark.

Richard by Katherine Woodbury

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Richard St. Clair struggles daily to suppress his less-than-appropriate feelings for his new assistant. He's an engaged man, after all. And he thinks he's got it all under control. Until an unknown adversary slips him a love potion that unleashes his true affections. Now he must scour the city for the identify of his foe and find a way to ethically express the desires of his heart.

Serpent of Time by Eugene Woodbury

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Ryô is the last princess of Japan's doomed Southern Court. When a revolt against the shogun fails, she flees with Sen, her loyal lady-in-waiting. Atop sacred Mt. Kôya, Sen's uncle summons the wily Serpent of Time and transports Ryô to the present day. But the serpent harbors a grudge against her family, forcing Ryô to travel back to the past to save her future.

Silver Spoon by Katherine Woodbury

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With the help of deceased historical people only she can see, Donna Howard investigates the provenance of art and antiques. The setting is the infamous Salem, Massachusetts, and the item in question a haunted silver spoon. The trail of ownership leads Donna to a stash of antiques in an old man's basement, an old man who died in an accident Donna suspects was less than "accidental."

The Space Alien by Ranpo Edogawa

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The year is 1953. UFOs are appearing all over the world. Five flying saucers zoom across the skies of Tokyo. Ichiro Hirano's next-door neighbor is kidnapped by an alien lizard creature. That same creature is now stalking the sister of Ichiro's best friend. What in the world is going on? Here again is the kind of mystery that only Kogoro Akechi and the Boy Detectives Club can hope to solve.

Tales of the Quest by Katherine Woodbury

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Ah, the Quest! The sight of noble knights setting forth on heroic tasks to win the hand of the fair princess stirs any heart. This fourth installment in the Roesia Chronicles explores the dark and violent beginnings of the Quest, up to its pragmatic and often humorous present. Amidst all the game playing, will true love and genuine respect still triumph? Thereby hangs quite a tale.

Tokyo South by Eugene Woodbury

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In this largely autobiographical account of the author's two-year proselyting mission to Japan during the late 1970s, a Mormon missionary is confronted by an overzealous religious bureaucracy and faces his own growing doubts as the work of preaching the gospel gets turned into a cynical and self-serving game of numbers and spiritual one-upmanship.

Boy Detectives Club

Edogawa Ranpo is the pen name (derived from Edgar Allan Poe) of Taro Hirai (1894–1965), a tireless promoter of the mystery genre in Japan. He is best remembered for his highly influential Kogoro Akechi and Boy Detectives Club novels, published between 1936 and 1962. The Boy Detectives Club stories overlap with Edogawa's Fiend with Twenty Faces series, the Fiend being a master of disguise and Detective Akechi's nemesis.

The Bronze Devil by Ranpo Edogawa

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A thief is on the loose in Tokyo, a smash and grab artist that targets high-end jewelry stores. The identity of this burglar is no mystery. It's a metal robot, dubbed the "Bronze Devil." With its ability to appear and disappear out of nowhere, the police are powerless to stop it—which can only mean it's time to put master sleuth Kogoro Akechi and the Boy Detectives Club on the case.

The Phantom Doctor by Ranpo Edogawa

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Fed up with those meddling kids from the Boy Detectives Club, the Fiend with Twenty Faces plans to exact his revenge and walk off with a priceless work of art in the bargain! Pursuing them through haunted houses and limestone caves, the Fiend lures master sleuth Kogoro Akechi and the members of the Boy Detectives Club deep underground for a life-or-death struggle in the dark.

The Space Alien by Ranpo Edogawa

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The year is 1953. UFOs are appearing all over the world. Five flying saucers zoom across the skies of Tokyo. Ichiro Hirano's next-door neighbor is kidnapped by an alien lizard creature. That same creature is now stalking the sister of Ichiro's best friend. What in the world is going on? Here again is the kind of mystery that only Kogoro Akechi and the Boy Detectives Club can hope to solve.

Donna Howard Mysteries

Donna Howard researches the provenances of art and antiques. In the process, she occasionally stumbles across a murder that can only be solved with her unique (and at times regrettable) ability to see dead people from the past. Aided by opinionated friends and family members (not to mention demanding significant others), Donna Howard coolly uncovers solutions to historical and contemporary mysteries, no matter how daunting or vexatious.

Coin by Katherine Woodbury

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Donna Howard debuts in a mystery series about what makes people tick. In her day-to-day life, Donna is as ordinary as they come, except for her extraordinary ability to see history, to physically interact with the ghostly remnants of ancient, colonial, and Victorian-age people. When a suspicious death occurs close to home, "then" and "now" collide in ways she can no longer ignore.

Silver Spoon by Katherine Woodbury

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With the help of deceased historical people only she can see, Donna Howard investigates the provenance of art and antiques. The setting is the infamous Salem, Massachusetts, and the item in question a haunted silver spoon. The trail of ownership leads Donna to a stash of antiques in an old man's basement, an old man who died in an accident Donna suspects was less than "accidental."

Apron by Katherine Woodbury

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Making the most of her unique ability to speak to remnants of the dead, Donna Howard researches the provenance of art and antiques. This time around, Donna's investigation into a colonial-era portrait from upstate New York unexpectedly uncovers the dark history of her adopted niece, SarahAnn, bringing to light a possible kidnapping and a serial killer who got away scot-free.

Clasp by Katherine Woodbury

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Entombed within a cache of holy relics from Medieval England, the ghost of a young boy knows only that he must protect the treasure from a corrupt king. It is up to Donna Howard, an antiquities appraiser who can speak with the spirits, to help him confront his past and reclaim his birthright. Even when the crime is five hundred years old, Donna is determined to solve the case.

Tales of Roesia

In a Victorian-era world, magic is real and spells and potions are the focus of academic study. A debutante-turned-animal escapes her sheltered life. Civil servants adopt disguises and fall in love. An enigmatic magician stalks the capital's streets, tracked by a burgeoning police force. The books in the Roesia series can be read on their own, but readers may wish to start with Aubrey. Meet the erstwhile villain of the series as a villain first!

Aubrey by Katherine Woodbury

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Aubrey St. Clair was merrily working her way up the social ladder of high society. And then somebody went and turned her into a cat. She is rescued by a "slum magician," except he would happily vivisect her in order to reveal her secrets. To stay alive, Aubrey will have to figure out how to stay human. Or perhaps becoming fully human is the last thing she really wants.

Richard by Katherine Woodbury

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Richard St. Clair struggles daily to suppress his less-than-appropriate feelings for his new assistant. He's an engaged man, after all. And he thinks he's got it all under control. Until an unknown adversary slips him a love potion that unleashes his true affections. Now he must scour the city for the identify of his foe and find a way to ethically express the desires of his heart.

Lord Simon by Katherine Woodbury

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To save a woman under assault, Lord Simon bespelled her into the walls of his house, magic he discovers he cannot undo. Driven to free her from a prison of wood and stone, he consorts with the dregs of society, and bargains with the high and mighty. As his reputation and his house crumble around him, his obsession to save a woman long thought dead may drive him mad.

Tales of the Quest by Katherine Woodbury

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Ah, the Quest! The sight of noble knights setting forth on heroic tasks to win the hand of the fair princess stirs any heart. This fourth installment in the Roesia Chronicles explores the dark and violent beginnings of the Quest, up to its pragmatic and often humorous present. Amidst all the game playing, will true love and genuine respect still triumph? Thereby hangs quite a tale.

Ranpo Edogawa

Ranpo Edogawa is the pen name (a pun on the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allan Poe) of Taro Hirai (1894–1965).

Edogawa made his literary debut in 1923 with "The Two-Sen Copper Coin," a mystery short story. During the 1930s, he tackled the avant garde in the "ero guro nansensu" genre, an often hedonistic and nihilistic artistic movement that celebrated the "the deviant, the bizarre, and the ridiculous."

But he is best remembered for the Kogoro Akechi and Boy Detectives Club mystery novels, published between 1936 and 1962. The two series regularly cross paths, the Boy Detectives acting as a kind of Baker Street Irregulars in the former and Kogoro Akechi featured as the go-to adult in the latter.

First serialized in the young adult pulps, these early versions of the light novel are highly readable, with an emphasis on action, vivid passages, and clever but not overcomplicated plots.

Reminiscent of the Hardy Boys books, the Boy Detectives Club stories also overlap with Edogawa's Fiend with Twenty Faces series, the Fiend being a master of disguise and Detective Akechi's nemesis. Though comparisons to Moriarty spring to mind, the Fiend is more a high-minded Thomas Crown, committing elaborate crimes for the intellectual challenge and the thrill of the chase.

The relationship between Detective Akechi and the Fiend, one based on a grudging mutual respect, is thus closer to that between Inspector Zenigata and Arsène Lupin III, making these stories less whodunits than howdunits or whydunits.

Edogawa was an admirer of Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, and French mystery writer Maurice Leblanc (Arsène Lupin was Leblanc's creation), and integrated themes and characters from their stories into his own novels.

Edogawa's lifelong efforts as a writer and promoter of the western detective novel in Japan have since been well-rewarded. Police procedurals and "cozy" mystery fiction are staples of Japanese television and populate the best-seller lists. The genre is hugely popular in manga and anime.

In Gosho Aoyama's long-running Case Closed series (over 900 episodes to date), the boy detective sports the nom de plume of "Conan Edogawa." Another deserved homage is the Edogawa Rampo Prize, presented by the Mystery Writers of Japan to the year's best new mystery novel.

Nippon published a concise retrospective of Ranpo Edogawa's literary career by Kimie Itakura, featuring an interview with Takumi Ishikawa, professor of modern literature and culture at Rikkyo University. Rikkyo University manages Edogawa's estate as the Edogawa Rampo Memorial Center for Popular Culture Studies.

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The Phantom Doctor
The Bronze Devil
The Space Alien

Beth Woodbury Hart

Beth Woodbury Hart was raised in upstate New York in a house full of books. At an early age, she encountered the fantasies of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. She also loved to climb trees and hike in the woods near her family's home.

Inspired by her mother's storytelling and a creative fifth grade teacher, Beth filled notebooks with poems, stories, novels, and plays. Later, while attending Brigham Young University, she made a foray into journalism, producing articles, reviews, and editorials for the school newspaper. She continues to write opinion pieces and letters to editors.

Beth is the author of the award-winning short story "Reflections on Shadows" as well as the novel, A Blessing of Unicorns, and a musical, The Sultan's Daughter. She has always loved fairy tales and folklore from different cultures. Like Keely, she was inspired by Celtic Myths and Legends, an excellent collection of stories retold by Peter Berresford Ellis.

Beth currently lives with her family in western Washington, where the trees, mountains, and lush green forests have renewed her love of nature. She enjoys cooking, gardening, writing Yelp reviews, playing word games with her grandkids, and watching K-dramas on Netflix with her husband.

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Dunbar Woods

Katherine Woodbury

Katherine Woodbury reveres Jane Austen, Columbo, classic fairy tales, and cats.

The author of twenty-five published short stories and eight novellas, Katherine (Kate) has spent her writing career analyzing mermaids, Greek heroes, Joan of Arc, a devil's assistant, aliens with wings, and a not-quite-dead Viking funeral bride.

More recently, she has turned her writing hand to a mystery series with paranormal elements and a no-nonsense detective.

All good mysteries are grounded in social behavior. Kate began her apprenticeship of human idiosyncrasies with tributes to eighteenth and nineteenth century classics: A Man of Few Words (based on Pride & Prejudice), Persuadable (Persuasion), and Mr. B Speaks! (Samuel Richardson's Pamela).

Next came the Victorian fantasy series, "The Roesia Chronicles," including (so far) Aubrey: Remnants of Transformation, Richard: The Ethics of Affection, Lord Simon: The Dispossession of Hannah, and Tales of the Quest.

As well as a writer (and reader) of fantasy, history, mystery, and romance, Kate (Katherine) enjoys watching mystery shows and classic sitcoms, collecting manga, and following through on her day job: teaching humanities courses at Maine community colleges.

Kate serializes her works in progress on the Kate's Fiction blog. She can be reached at nitaheerk@gmail.com.

Peaks Island PressOther Series
Coin
Silver Spoon
Apron
Clasp

Aubrey
Richard
Lord Simon
Tales of the Quest

Persuadable
Mr. B Speaks!
A Man of Few Words
Anubis on Mars
Saint of Mars
Ithax's Offspring on Mars

His in Herland
Northanger Abbey Revisited

Cupid in Captivity
Kouros Underground
Nerites Amid the Stars

Eugene Woodbury

Eugene Woodbury was born and raised in upstate New York. After serving for two years in the Japan Tokyo South Mission, he graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Japanese and TESOL.

His stories and essays have appeared in The New Era, Sunstone, Cricket Magazine, The American Gardener, and Clubhouse. He has twice been a Utah Original Writing Competition finalist and is a recipient of the Sunstone Foundation Moonstone Award for short fiction.

He lives in Orem, Utah, where he works as a free-lance writer, publisher, and translator. He can be reached at eugenewoodbury@outlook.com.


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Fox & Wolf
Serpent of Time
Tokyo South
Angel Falling Softly
The Path of Dreams