Thomas Haskett fancied himself in love with a woman named Honora. He intended to ask for her hand in marriage, until her ghost appeared at his bedside. He doesn't believe she's dead. Maybe his mind was addled from the opium and alcohol from the prior night. Maybe he imagined her visit. Until the next morning when he finds her body beside Drury Lane Theatre.
Thomas searches for her murderer with the assistance of a coquettish prostitute, who knew more about Honora's dual life than he'd ever hoped. He travels through London's underbelly in search of answers, but the closer he comes to the truth, the more he wants to walk away... Because the killer is closer than he thinks.
I am a Pushcart Prize nominee with a profound love for history and literature. I studied at Drexel University for my M.S. in Library and Information Sciences and Stockton University for my B.A. in History. My fiction has appeared in TWJ Magazine, Squawk Back, Bold + Italic, Scarlet Leaf Review, Ariel Chart, Magazine of History & Fiction, and Fiction on the Web, with an upcoming publication in The Blotter Magazine. I also act as the fiction editor for Bold + Italic. Currently, I'm working hard on many more capital ventures, and I'm also researching for a novel.
This is a simultaneous submission. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope you enjoy "The Scent of Lavender."