Mel And Janice Series by D. J. Belt

The Tomb

Mel and Janice (with a bit of help from their friends) discover and open the tomb of Xena and Gabrielle, but with a twist: unanswered questions are popping up all over, robbers attempt desecration of the tomb, a ghost (?) appears, and the God of War (who is really ticked off) is trying to wreak his vengance on them as they attempt to spirit the remains to Athens. After all, who better to figure out what finally happened to X and G than their twentieth-century alter egos, Mel and Jan?

Tears Of A Goddess
In this sequel to The Tomb, Melinda Pappas and Janice Covington are invited to France by their old friends Mack and Sallie, who have discovered a cache of priceless ancient documents, Gabrielle’s previously unknown writings among them. Jan is confounded by the shocking content of the writings, and the mysterious specter which haunts her as she ponders their puzzle. The papers disappear and Jan is arrested for their theft.

As she languishes in a jail cell, Mel summons help from the shadowy depths of the postwar “intelligence” community. A motley collection of characters emerge to attempt Jan’s rescue as Jan unravels the mystery of Gabrielle’s latter days and the identity of the odd specter which visits her.

The Legacy Of Britannia
In this third of a series of Mel/ Jan stories (after The Tomb and The Tears Of A Goddess), Mel and Jan travel to England, where they join their old friend Mack in a frantic search for Sallie, who has disappeared while excavating the subterranean chambers of an ancient castle. They soon find themselves embroiled in a titanic struggle between good and evil as they strive to solve the mystery of Sallie’s disappearance and lay bare the hidden secrets of the ancient fortress – secrets which are astounding even to Janice and Mel, and which further confirm the truth of the Xena Legends to a skeptical world.

A Bad Day In Algiers
In this fourth in a series of Mel and Jan stories (after The Tomb, The Tears Of A Goddess, and The Legacy Of Britannia), Jan Covington and Mel Pappas chase a stolen artifact to Algiers and find themselves pitted against none other than Ares, god of war, in a fight which threatens Jan’s life, her reputation, and her love with Mel.

The Riddle Of Sappho’s End
In this fifth in a series, Jan Covington and Mel Pappas seek out and excavate the legacy of the great poet Sappho, dealing with a jealous bureaucrat, tomb-robbers, a “curse”, and one of the toughest riddles of their careers: just what caused Sappho’s tragic end, and how were Xena and Gabrielle involved?

A Valentine’s Day Story

The Legend Of Ambrosia
In this seventh in a series, Mel and Jan reunite with their old friend Alais, go after the legend of ambrosia, and find themselves tangled in a web of ancient dangers as Jan discovers the final answer to a heartbreaking question that’s plagued her for years.

A Mel and Jan Halloween Story

Curse Of The Rhinegold
In this ninth installment of the Mel and Jan series, our two favorite girls travel to Europe to receive their Nobel Prize and search for the cursed Rhinegold, with unforseen and potentially tragic results.

The Aegean Mystery
While on an idyllic sailing vacation among the Greek islands, Mel and Jan (accompanied by their old friends Mack and Sallie) become involved in a search for stolen artifacts and find their lives in danger as they strive to unravel The Aegean Mystery.

The Treasure of the Amazons
An astounding discovery in an English archaeological dig propels Mel and Jan into danger and adventure as Jan teams with her ancestor, Gabrielle, in a frantic search for The Treasure of the Amazons and Mel’s rescue from a grim fate

Anastasia’s Destiny
A desperate secret from Mel’s past thrusts her and Jan into a swirl of intrigue where present and past are blurred, dispossessed Greek gods thrive, and sinister intent abounds.

The Slow Dance of Love
This thirteenth story of the series chronicles Mel and Jan’s very eventful first year together, in 1940-41 Greece. No angry gods, no creepy tombs, no irritating salesmen from New Jersey; just a story about two gals falling deeply in love amidst exciting archaeology and the chaos of war.

A Conversation with Gabrielle
In a late-night conversation with Gabrielle, Jan learns of her 12th Century ancestor Wynnfrith: outlaw, huntress, smithy’s apprentice, daughter of nobility, and the first to hold the Covington name.

A-Bomb, F-Bombs: A Mel and Jan Cold War Story
This story comes in the series after A Conversation With Gabrielle. It’s set in the year 1952, as the insanity of the Cold War ramps up, McCarthyism runs rampant, and the specter of nuclear annihilation hangs over the world. Mel and Jan meet their old nemesis, Stavros Palo (aka Ares) in the Greek islands, in a contest which could have dire consequences for the entire world.


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