Ellicott City, Maryland, 1909: Alice Gillhaney waited on a lonely trolley platform for the six o'clock car back to Baltimore when she was set upon by a horde of faeries. The young woman cannot rid herself of these spirits who torment her waking hours, urging her on a mysterious mission.
Meanwhile, a wealthy industrialist's son has been kidnapped from the Burg Alnwick Hotel in the hills above the town. He asks his trusted friend, Dr. R. L. McReady Knibbs, a well-known physician and investigator, to solve the crime without police involvement. A trio of local women is assembled to aid Knibbs in finding the perpetrators before harm comes to the boy.
A thrilling mystery is woven from historical events, vivid characters, and local folklore.
Ellicott City, Maryland, 1908: An unidentified body is found on the trolley tracks in the hills outside of town. Unsuspecting revelers are poisoned during a dinner party at a historic mansion. A vicious assault leaves a farmer near death, and a young black man named Billy Hatwood is accused of the crime.
Trudy O’Flynn, a writer for the local newspaper, discovers patterns in these crimes that the authorities are too busy or incurious to investigate. She begins to question the odd behavior of the mysterious chemist who recently opened a pharmacy in town. When Billy Hatwood, her friend and neighbor, is accused of the assault, it becomes personal for Trudy. She must find the real culprit before an innocent man is sent to prison or, worse, lynched by an angry mob.
Michael Maloney weaves an exhilarating tale from true events described in numerous clippings from The Baltimore Sun and other newspapers. Insightful and whimsical, Mile Marker Ten vividly portrays a time of transformation, not unlike our own, driven by rapid technology and social change.
Sold into prostitution, young Miri of Magdala escapes to Sepphoris, a bustling city in the hills to the west. There she meets Nura, the mystical healer, and her willful nephew, Yeshua. The newfound friends face looming disaster as they await a cousin's wedding.
Filled with richly detailed characters and descriptions of 1st Century Judea, Secrets of Miryam is a thoroughly engaging and surprising retelling of the biblical story of the Wedding at Cana.