#1 Bestseller June 2020. HAIL THE QUEEN® series. "Maybe she ran because he beat her." Helen of Troy returns.

• "The Lesfic SF Killing Eve," Cambridge News.

• "Wacky and compelling. I read the three books one after another."

• "A perfect fit for aspiring psychopaths, historians or spies."

• "Raechel Sands cleverly blends noir, SF, lesbian fiction, satire, epic, and Dan Brown-style religious mystery."

• "A whirlwind rollercoaster of twists and double crosses."

• "Unguessable endings! and not once in 3 novels did I guess the next twist... "

• "Intrigue, historical namesakes and bloody murder."

• "Book 1 is the opening battle in this thought provoking and surprising saga."

-- -- BOOK 1 -- -- MI6, London.
"Sure everyone must pretend to read Ulysses, she mused.

The power was still out but, being in the window, she could see the page. The character in the novel, Mr Deasy, had been pinching the wings of his nose, and variously slagging off Jews, women -- and Helen of Troy:

A woman brought sin into the world.
For a woman who was no better than she should be,
Helen, the runaway wife of Menelaus,
ten years the Greeks made war on Troy.

And here he is: this Ulysses, this tricksy man -- Mr Metapox. Creator of a deceitful monster. A virus that hides in a perfume bottle. It is the ultimate Trojan Horse!

And what if the truth about Helen is domestic? Domestic abuse?

Maybe the Greek kings weren't so noble; but brutes. Agamemnon murdered his daughter for a fair wind to Troy after all. Maybe it was his brother, Menelaus, who was no better than he should be.

Maybe she ran because he beat her.
She gave up being queen to go to Troy.
With Paris. What if he saved her?

Nearby finished her Virgin Mary, set the glass down, and closed the book. She looked at Grinin; she looked at Blanka; but she thought of Helen.

I wonder what sort of queen she was... ? Her mind ran on. If she came back, what would she be like? Where would she go? What would she do?"

A rogue chief & a psychopath weaponise a fragrance. Two weeks before Helen comes to the aid of special agent Blanka, loyal intelligence officers at MI6 fight to protect the wife and daughters of Russian defector, Grigori Grinin, who is being forced -- by a corrupt chief, and his protégée -- to synthesise a perfume fragrance containing the world's most terrifying weapon of mass destruction: Novichok Metapox. At her cosy cottage, Blanka's dialysis dreams are haunted by a little girl from Auschwitz.

-- Prisoners, perfumes, women-AI hybrids, the most famous woman in history -- and her Bronze Age heirloom: The Goldheart, the greatest relic of all time. -- The spying game told through the eyes of four bi female agents at MI6; an American, a Brit, a Russian, and a Bosnian.

-- #1 Best Seller Amazon UK Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Science Fiction & Fantasy, June 2020. #1 Best Seller Amazon UK Paid Kindle, Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Mystery, and > Inspirational, in January 2019, rising to #4,000 of all kindles sold in the UK. Paperbacks of Behind Blue, Now Helen & La Bombe were all #1 Best Seller Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Mystery, during January 2018 to July 2019, rising to #6,000 of all books sold in UK. -- #946 U.S. Author Rank in All Books > Science Fiction, in February 2019.

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  • Publication Date: May 15, 2020
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 284 Pages
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