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by Fletcher Ware

A bloody murder at the last ball of Imperial Vienna’s 1893 pre-Lent Carnival season rocks the Austria-Hungary Empire. There is some indication that Empress Elisabeth is involved. Conspiracy wags are whispering and gossiping. Emperor Franz Josef demands immediate action to crush this smoldering danger to his reign. The reader will experience the fin de siecle Austrian and Viennese society and culture while following Chief Inspector Leury’s exploits. Sigmund Freud and other historical figures also appear and influence the murder investigation as it moves to a surprising conclusion.