Claire St. John lives in solitude near the grounds of the sprawling Hartford hall, an ancestral estate on the English countryside. Her life remains serene until she discovers a mysterious ring that belonged to the lady of Hartford Hall before her scandalous, unexplained disappearance a century earlier. When Michael Townsend arrives in town and rents Claire's guest home, she instantly senses the darkness that surrounds him.
Marion Spicer spends her days examining auction catalogues and searching for stolen works of art. All this changes when she inherits a prestigious collection of pre-Columbian art from a father she never knew; she must face the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams, and attacks. Her quest draws her into a world where people will kill for a love of beauty.
A dragon's tears; Gilgamesh returned; lovers in space; gin, beer, blood; passion and heartbreak; wild legends, gritty truths - and one truly plucky realtor - you'll find all this and more in Eastlick and Other Stories. Shannon Page's kaleidoscopic collection of marvelous tales meanders from post-apocalyptic Cyprus, medieval Venice, and the Age of Legends, to the far reaches of outer space - and inner space too.