Monday, March 28, 2022

BLOG TOUR: Comeuppance Served Cold by Marion Deeds


Welcome to the Official Blog Tor for Marion Deeds's Comeuppance Served Cold. Today, on our tour stop, we will kick off this tour with an exclusive excerpt AND a tour-wide giveaway! So... Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE.

Historical Fantasy/Mystery
Publish Date:
March 22, 2022

Seattle, 1929—a bitterly divided city overflowing with wealth, violence, and magic.

A respected magus and city leader intent on criminalizing Seattle’s most vulnerable magickers hires a young woman as a lady’s companion to curb his rebellious daughter’s outrageous behavior.

The widowed owner of a speakeasy encounters an opportunity to make her husband’s murderer pay while she tries to keep her shapeshifter brother safe.

A notorious thief slips into the city to complete a delicate and dangerous job that will leave chaos in its wake.

One thing is for certain—comeuppance, eventually, waits for everyone. 


near dawn, november 17, 1929
Seattle, Washington
she pressed the mask, as light as a silk scarf, against her face. Tiny invisible claws gripped her flesh. Closing her eyes, she pictured the body that would veil her: a tall man with a crown of golden hair. She retrieved her valise from the coat closet and went into the study to make one final check.
            The body sprawled on the sofa. Black hair spilled over the woman’s white blouse, and her left hand trailed on the floor. One of her worn shoes hung half off her foot. Green eyes, al- ready clouding, stared up at the marquetry ceiling.
            The masked woman shut the study doors behind her, and crossed the marble foyer. Outside, she walked down to the sidewalk, where she stood for a moment, waiting. A cook came out of the house across the street, carrying a market basket. Just what she was waiting for. She turned, one hand pressed to her head, and limped steadily north up the street.
            “Mr. Earnshaw? Are you all right?” the cook called after her.
            She ignored it.
            She walked for half a block. In the shadow of a neighboring house, she stopped, imagining a stout woman in black, a maid out on a near-dawn errand. Her skin itched as the mask changed its illusion. She walked for three more blocks. The sky began to lighten. Two sedans, one with a gold shield on the door, sped past her, heading down the street. Around the next corner, a black taxi sat waiting. She ducked behind a shrub, took off the mask, and put it into her valise.
            “You said an hour,” the cabbie said as she climbed in. “You cut it close.”
            He turned around to look at her, waiting. She lowered the bag of jewelry she’d taken from the vault into a large brown en- velope. Her fingers brushed over the small stack of passports tucked into a corner of the valise.
            “Where to, miss? The waterfront?”
            There was a freighter leaving for Astoria in one hour. In As- toria she could catch the train to Wichita, where her client lived.
            “Yes, with a stop first,” she said as he pulled out onto Broad- way Avenue. “Violet’s Hat Shop.”
            “Miss, that’s a speakeasy,” he said. “They’ll be closed by now.”
            She smiled. “They’ll open for me,” she said.


Praise for Comeuppance Served Cold

A Most Anticipated Pick for The Nerd Daily | Autostraddle

"I love a good heist, and this is a beautifully constructed magical heist in turn-of-the-century Seattle." ―Mary Robinette Kowal

"This fierce magical heist tale is as smooth as gin and jazz." ―Beth Cato

"Catnip for those who like watching con artists walk the tightrope of trickery and lies." ―Marie Brennan

"[A] captivating noir fantasy. . .Deeds presents all this intrigue in reverse chronological order, spinning out mysteries that will keep readers guessing till the end. The result is a well-crafted puzzle; readers’ only complaint will be that they want more." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A fun, fast-moving heist story that will immediately hook readers who love 1920s-era worlds and soft-fantasy world building." ―Booklist, starred review

"Readers who love heist and caper stories will be thrilled with Dolly and her quest to deliver much-deserved comeuppance to those who believed they are above the law. The gas-lamp setting gives just the right touch of magic and creeping dread to Deeds’s novel." ―Library Journal

"A deliciously fun novella set in 1929 Seattle is just what is needed for your bookshelves. . . .Beginning at the ending and following the path backwards through a magical heist, this story brings comeuppance to all." ―Buzzfeed

"Deeds tells her story with nuance and subtly, luring you into a false sense of pleasantry. From the first page to the very last word, I was enthralled with this tale of thievery and lies." ―Grimdark Magazine


**About the Author**
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Marion Deeds was born in Santa Barbara, California and moved to northern California when she was five. She loves the redwoods, the ocean, dogs and crows.

She’s fascinated by the unexplained, and curious about power: who has it, who gets it, what is the best way to wield it. These questions inform her stories.

Deeds has published Aluminum Leaves and Copper Road from Falstaff Books, with short works in Podcastle and several anthologies. She reviews fiction and writes a column for the review site Fantasy Literature.

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