The Puzzle Box Chronicles is a six-book series – a sweeping epic sent in 1890s America. It captures the essence of a unique time in American history. The industrial revolution is well underway, and it’s now the dawn of the age of electricity and radio.
A creative but troubled scientist, Victor Marius, is lost in a shipwreck off the coast of Cape Cod. But before he disappears beneath the waves he manages to release a strange box that he hopes will protect his legacy and his ideas. The box found by Amanda Malcolm, a woman who is considering leaving her abusive husband and fleeing to Boston. What’s inside the Puzzle box launches her on a journey of pain and discovery that takes her across the country and back. Along the way, she meets Plains Indians, ex-slaves, riverboat charlatans, and secretive workers who champion the U.S. labor movement.
At a time when access to electricity is spreading across the country like a wave, she also meets inspired engineers and Montana miners who dig deep to feed the country’s insatiable demand for copper.
Amanda has survived many things in her short life, but it’s not clear if she will be able to survive the first year of the last decade of the 19th century.