Short Stories 366:205 — “First Foot,” by Jess Faraday

And here we are at the end of Shadow of Justice, bidding a farewell to our gay, late 1800's constable Simon Pearce. "First Foot" continues the enjoyable mix of mystery-alongside-relationship-drama that's been a part of the collection for most of the tales. This time, waylaid by bad weather and arriving late, Simon's attempt to meet … Continue reading Short Stories 366:205 — “First Foot,” by Jess Faraday

Short Stories 366:198 — “The Natural Order of Things,” by Jess Faraday

In Shadow of Justice, we've watched Constable Simon Pearce entertain the chance of something more than a quick dalliance, despite the realities facing him in late 1800's London, and we've seen him find murder—and deliver justice—in London, Edinburgh, and then smaller villages of England, and that's where we catch up with him in "The Natural … Continue reading Short Stories 366:198 — “The Natural Order of Things,” by Jess Faraday

Short Stories 366:191 — “The Sherriff of Penbreigh,” by Jess Faraday

I mentioned last week that I basically leapt both feet into this story right after the conclusion of the previous one in Shadow of Justice. I did so because, quite literally, Simon Pearce, the gay constable I'd come to know and love through all the stories in this collection thus far, had finally hit an … Continue reading Short Stories 366:191 — “The Sherriff of Penbreigh,” by Jess Faraday

Short Stories 366:184 — “The Blood is the Life,” by Jess Faraday

When we last left Simon Pearce, our hero the gay constable in the late 1800's, he'd gone back to London, leaving an amazing opportunity—well, two of them, really—behind, thanks to his own temper and jealous nature. I'm not going to lie, I gave Shadow of Justice a good long glare for a moment, as I … Continue reading Short Stories 366:184 — “The Blood is the Life,” by Jess Faraday

Short Stories 366:139 — “The Haunting of Comiston House,” by Jess Faraday

Shadow of Justice, a collection of short stories about Constable Simon Pearce, continues to bring a lovely mix of mystery, history, and a queerness-finds-a-way that delights. In the first two tales, we meet Simon Pearce, a gay constable in London of the late 1800's, and his attempts to be a force for justice in a … Continue reading Short Stories 366:139 — “The Haunting of Comiston House,” by Jess Faraday