WITCH OF EMPIRE
A hardboiled mystery series set in an alternate history where magic rather than technology rose to prominence; the Witch of Empire Trilogy follows Imperial Bureau of Investigation Agent “Sully” Sullivan as she tries to keep the peace in the American Colonies despite deranged magi, body-hopping serial killers, shape-shifting spies, rampaging monsters and the machinations of the highest echelons of the British Empire itself.
PRAISE FOR THE WITCH OF EMPIRE TRILOGY
Gareth L. Powell, BSFA award-winning author of Ack-Ack Macaque – “An addictive blend of magic and murder noir.”
Robyn Bennis, author of The Guns Above – “Penman writes with the wit and charm of a foul-mouthed Terry Pratchett. His Agent Sully is what Dirty Harry would be if he was a lesbian witch fighting demons alongside the cast of Yes, Minister. She can be my date to the Imperial Bureau of Investigation Ball anytime.”
Cassandra Khaw, author of Hammers on Bone – “There's a grungy punk-rock bite to it that tastes like subways and smoke and whiskey-filled nights.
THE YEAR OF THE KNIFE
Agent "Sully" Sullivan is one of the top cops in the Imperial Bureau of Investigation. A veteran witch of the British Empire who isn’t afraid to use her magical skills to crack a case. But Sully might need more than a good education and raw power to stop the string of grisly murders that have been springing up across the American Colonies. Every one of them marked by the same chilling calling card, a warning in the form of a legion of voices screaming out through the killers' mouths: “It IS tHe YEAr oF the KNife.”
Sully’s investigation will drag her away from the comforts of home in New Amsterdam, the beautiful but useless hyacinth macaw that used to be her boss, and the loving arms of her undead girlfriend, in a thrilling race against time, demonic forces and a shadowy conspiracy that will do anything to keep its hold on power and ensure that Sully takes their secrets to her grave, as soon as possible.
THE WOUNDED ONES
Demons and serial killers are Iona “Sully” Sullivan’s bread and butter, but nothing could have prepared her to face off against the full weight of the British Empire at the height of its power. With the War for American Independence in full swing, she finds even her prodigious talents pushed beyond their limits when citizens of the American Colonies begin vanishing amidst rumors of crop circles, hydra sightings and worse.
Through a wild and lethal adventure that will see her clashing with the Empire around the world and beyond, the only constants in Sully’s life are an undead girlfriend, a giant demon crow that seems to be trying to court her, regular assassination attempts by enemies on all sides and the cold certainty that nothing and nobody is going to make it out of this war in one piece.
Coming October 2019 from Meerkat Press
THE LAST DAYS OF HONG KONG
In the aftermath of the war, Iona “Sully” Sullivan has lost everything; her job, her friends, her fiancé and even her magic. But when an old friend shows up on her doorstep, offering her the chance to undo one of her long litany of mistakes, there is still enough of the old Sully left to get her on the first boat to Hong Kong.
A stranger in a strange land, Sully must navigate alien customs, were-bear chefs, the blossoming criminal underworld, religious extremists, Mongol agents, vampire separatists, and every other freak, maniac or cosmic leftover with an iota of power as they all compete for a chance at the most valuable prize in all the world; a little sailor doll named Eugene, and the last wish on earth.
Coming October 2020 from Meerkat Press
PRAISE FOR THE YEAR OF THE KNIFE
The Mystery Corner – “It was a delightful read to discover layer after layer of mystery unfolding. I was really impressed with what happened and ... the reasoning behind all the murders.”
Reading By Moonlight – “All of the characters are completely engaging, and while The Year of the Knife has plenty of magical gore and gruesome mystery, it has quite a bit of humour as well. Sully is quick with her snappy answers and retorts, and she has an abundance of bravado. The entire story is gripping and full of non-stop action! The Year of the Knife has plenty of plot twists, but hold on to your seat as the story unfolds into its dramatic climax. You don’t want to miss it!”
Married Book Nerds – “Grabs you from the first line and does not let you go. I could not put it down.”
TRL Reviews – “Penman has a knack for speculative fiction, especially involving magic, necromancy and, oddly enough, colonialism.”