Do you like stories about awesome ladies? Do you like stories about queer characters? Do you like tales of action and adventure? If you don’t, why are you reading this blog, friend? That’s pretty much all we talk about here.
Anyway, if you would like to have a story that contains all of the above and is awesome besides, then you should definitely be checking out the Valentin and the Widow podcast series, written and performed by Andrew Wheeler.
Valentin and the Widow is set in a steampunk-y version of the 1920s, and stars the recently widowed Lady Eleanora Rosewood and her valet, the gruff Russian ex-soldier Sacha Valentin. When Eleanora discovers that her beloved husband was actually involved in a clandestine organization bent on oppressing and destroying anyone they considered less-than, she sets off on an adventure to undo his evil plans before they can hurt anybody. The first story in the series, The Mandrake Machine, follows Eleanora to Shanghai, where she meets and hires Valentin to help her foil her late husband’s plan to level the city with an earthquake machine. In later stories they travel to Cuba, Cairo, and Paris on the trail of the organizations’ agents and plots, facing down finishing school students hypnotized into assassins, music boxes that kill their listeners, and the ghosts of both their pasts.