A mystery with a difference, The Locksmith’s Secret by Tahlia Newland, is available now on pre-order for $1 off.
AIA Publishing’s books all have something unique about them and The Locksmith’s Secret keeps up this tradition because it’s many things – a contemporary mystery romance, a steampunk murder mystery and a transrealist and metaphysical work of literary fiction – but they all weave together to make a great work of magical realism.
Though it is the second in the Prunella Smith Series, the book can be read as a stand alone title.
What’s it about?
Ella’s locksmith boyfriend Jamie seems to be her perfect match—at least until a death in the family calls him back to England. While he’s gone, Ella discovers he’s hiding something so astounding that it completely changes her perception of him and his place in her world.
While Jamie struggles with family responsibilities, Ella’s steampunk murder mystery is developing a life of its own, raising disturbing memories of her time as a striptease artist and a past life as a sexually abused Italian nun. She also dreams of an ephemeral city, where she seeks to unravel the locksmith’s secret and find the key that opens a door to other realities.
All these, together with a lost brother, a desperate mother, a demanding cat, and a struggle to live up to Buddhist ideals, weave together in a rich tapestry that creates an extraordinary work of magical realism.