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“A Fugitive Green”


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I wrote “A Fugitive Green” for inclusion in the collection of my short fiction titled SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL. It was one of two new stories written for SEVEN STONES.

Note that this story is a novella, a work of short fiction. Novellas are typically defined as a long short story or a short novel, in terms of word count.

Some of the novellas from SEVEN STONES are being released as standalone e-books, starting with this one in late July, 2022. “A Fugitive Green” is also available as a (wonderful!) audiobook, narrated by the fabulous Jeff Woodman.

It’s essentially the story of Minnie Rennie and her not-yet-husband, Harold (Hal), Duke of Pardloe. With a cameo appearance by Jamie Fraser:

In which, a 17-year-old apprentice dealer in rare books is sent from Paris to England by her father, to obtain incunabula and medieval books of devotion – and whatever secrets of political intrigue or finance may come to hand in the process. In the course of her business, though, Minnie meets Harold Grey (Lord John’s elder brother), the newly-widowed (and alarmingly deranged) Duke of Pardloe, and things fall out.

Please the purchasing links on the pull-down menus at left to buy this novella as an ebook or in audio format in the U.S.A.

When the purchasing links for other publishing markets are known, they will be added, also. Thanks!

Publisher’s Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Outlander series weaves a captivating story of secrets and intrigue, bringing together Lord John’s elder brother, Harold Grey, and his future wife, Minnie. This novella, originally published in Seven Stones to Stand or Fall, is now available as a standalone ebook.

Minnie Rennie and her father operate a family business dealing in rare books and letters—with a sideline in forgery, blackmail, and burglary. After traveling from Paris to London for work, with a secret mission to find the mother she never knew, Minnie’s clandestine meeting with a client pseudonymously named Mr. Bloomer is interrupted when she crosses paths by chance with Harold Grey, Earl of Melton (and the Duke of Pardloe, though he spurns the title).

An outcast from society, Hal is beset by troubles. Not only is he grieving the deaths of his wife, Esmé, and their unborn child, he’s still in shock over the revelations of her infidelity—an episode that ended with Hal killing her lover, Nathaniel Twelvetrees, in a duel. Minnie and Hal are immediately drawn to one another, but when Mr. Bloomer asks her to steal potentially incriminating letters between Esmé and Nathaniel that Hal still has in his possession, she finds herself swayed by fascination and empathy for a man she barely knows.

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