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Published in September 2019 by New Zealand-born author Tamsyn Muir, Gideon the Ninth is a speculative fiction novel, the first of the Locked Tomb Trilogy, with features of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and murder mystery. The story follows swordswoman Gideon Nav and her lifelong sworn nemesis and head of state, Harrowhark Nonagesimus, who is a prodigy necromancer specialising in creating and animating monstrous skeleton warriors to fight for her.

The two lead characters openly hate each others guts, to put it mildly, but circumstances force them to cooperate: in a setting reminiscent of the works of Agatha Christie and Vincent Price, they are invited (more like voluntold) to a retreat at an exceedingly lethally haunted house. As other characters start dropping like flies, it falls on Harrow and Gideon to identify the murderer in time to avoid being killed, themselves.

This narrative is an eventual lesbian

In 1932, a former Harvard College graduate student named Joel Clifton Williams was arrested, having been caught stealing books from the Harvard Widener Library. Upon further investigation it was discovered that Williams had stolen not simply a handful of books but somewhere in the range of 2000, all thereafter remaining cozily ensconced at his home in Dedham, Massachusetts. Those who knew Williams were shocked, given his shy aloofness (though perhaps that was itself a clue).…

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"This is a really bad idea," said the necromancer.

"It'll be fine," said the fairy.

The two of them stood in downtown Reno, across the street from one of the many large casinos…

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