In 19th-century Venice, Italy, a very cool (and familiar) witch informs a homicide inspector that he'd better get used to vampire stories. He's in one.
Someone is murdering by night and leaving the bodies to burn in rings of fire outside cathedral doors. Holy Inspector Giovanni is here to get to the bottom of the horrors by any means necessary - starting with Letizia, a sharp-eyed and sharper-tongued witch who always, always knows more than she says.
Major Arcana contains tarot cards, mysteries, vampire fights, plague doctor masks, non-binary fire witches, queer vampire-hunter witches, opera, intrigue, secrecy, and snark. Enjoy the show.
This is the first short story for Death Masquerade, a serial from author RoAnna Sylver. Death Masquerade is a companion series to Stake Sauce, beginning hundreds of years and thousands of miles away. Despite the distance, the stories are deeply connected, and each holds secrets about the other.