THE ARTIST BY CHRISTIE STRATOS
HISTORICAL SUSPENSE AT ITS BEST WITH THIS SHORT STORY WITHIN THE DARK VICTORIANA COLLECTION
An ad in the newspaper. A Civil War veteran in need. An artist companion. One of these things is not what it seems.
Miss Grant’s sole purpose in life is to help Civil War veterans by painting portraits of them to reveal the beautiful souls beneath their injuries. She has met many exceptional men through answering their newspaper advertisements for a companion.
But the latest veteran, the beautiful Mr. Markham, is strange. He has no debilitating injuries, simply a long, deep scar on his face—nothing more. His isolation from society and his demands to be treated as an invalid defy belief. Why does he choose to suffer when he could enjoy a fulfilling life?
Something else is wrong with Mr. Markham. And by the time Miss Grant figures it out, it may be too late to escape.
The Artist is a surprising Civil War-era suspense story that will keep you guessing until the bitter end.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christie Stratos is an award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart and Brotherhood of Secrets, the first two books in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Christie has had short stories and poetry published in Ginosko Literary Journal, Andromedae Review, 99Fiction, and various anthologies. An avid reader of all genres and world literature, Christie reads everything from bestsellers to classics to indies. More information can be found about Christie at: Home – Christie Stratos Author