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Almost twenty years ago, Jonathan Healy rode a train across the country to investigate reports that something was killing people in the wake of a small family circus. Almost twenty years ago, he brought home the woman who would be his wife, the mother of his children, and his partner in the endless quest to protect the cryptids of the world. The time has come for Fabulous Almost twenty years ago, Jonathan Healy rode a train across the country to investigate reports that something was killing people in the wake of a small family circus. Almost twenty years ago, he brought home the woman who would be his wife, the mother of his children, and his partner in the endless quest to protect the cryptids of the world. The time has come for Fabulous Fran, the Flower of Arizona, the Star of New Mexico, to take the stage for the final time, and take her final bow. Fran touched a lot of lives in her time in Buckley, and the people who loved her are coming to say goodbye. It's not going to be easy. The things that are most important so very rarely are. They say she never missed a shot; she was the darling of the west. But now she's gone, and the ones she's left behind must figure out what this means for them.


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Almost twenty years ago, Jonathan Healy rode a train across the country to investigate reports that something was killing people in the wake of a small family circus. Almost twenty years ago, he brought home the woman who would be his wife, the mother of his children, and his partner in the endless quest to protect the cryptids of the world. The time has come for Fabulous Almost twenty years ago, Jonathan Healy rode a train across the country to investigate reports that something was killing people in the wake of a small family circus. Almost twenty years ago, he brought home the woman who would be his wife, the mother of his children, and his partner in the endless quest to protect the cryptids of the world. The time has come for Fabulous Fran, the Flower of Arizona, the Star of New Mexico, to take the stage for the final time, and take her final bow. Fran touched a lot of lives in her time in Buckley, and the people who loved her are coming to say goodbye. It's not going to be easy. The things that are most important so very rarely are. They say she never missed a shot; she was the darling of the west. But now she's gone, and the ones she's left behind must figure out what this means for them.

30 review for The Star of New Mexico

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    14 pages that tore my heart out, threw it on the ground and then tap danced on it. I didn't know I could cry so much over 14 pages. I will miss you Fran. I thought I had one more to go before we got here but we didn't. My biggest fear is losing the love of my life and so it was so hard to be with Johnny and Alice when they lost theirs. Yes I know this is the same review I posted for InCryptid #0.13 but the crying and devastation continues and I can't think of anything else to say right now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This story was absolutely heart wrenching, I sobbed from beginning to end and I'm tearing up again just thinking about it. I can't believe how invested I became in these characters over the space of 14 short stories, we've probably spent less time with them than we do in most characters in a single book but I just fell in love with them both and watching Jonathan try to cope with Fran's death is heartbreaking. This story focuses on Fran's funeral and it shows just how many lives Fran and Jonathan This story was absolutely heart wrenching, I sobbed from beginning to end and I'm tearing up again just thinking about it. I can't believe how invested I became in these characters over the space of 14 short stories, we've probably spent less time with them than we do in most characters in a single book but I just fell in love with them both and watching Jonathan try to cope with Fran's death is heartbreaking. This story focuses on Fran's funeral and it shows just how many lives Fran and Jonathan had a positive impact upon over the years. Her death has left a gaping hole in the Healy family and they're all left trying to hold the pieces together. I was slightly disappointed that we didn't get to see them hunt for the monster that killed her but I think it was far too soon for any of them to be worried about the future, they needed to focus on saying goodbye and this was a fitting tribute for Fran.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    Bring out the tissues. You'll need them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Sad to see the Jonathan and Frances stories come to an end. I'm pretty sure that Frances is my favorite character in the Incryptid world.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    Frances Healy's funeral. I started crying in Broken Paper Hearts and continued all through this one. The whole Carnival was there, and finfolk, gorgons and so many others. I knew I wasn't reading about immortals but I wasn't ready for this. Now, even if the author writes another Jonathan and Fran's adventure, it wouldn't feel the same. I just hope there will be one where Jonathan, Enid and Alex find the monster that killed her. Even though nothing happens regarding monsters, there are so many Frances Healy's funeral. I started crying in Broken Paper Hearts and continued all through this one. The whole Carnival was there, and finfolk, gorgons and so many others. I knew I wasn't reading about immortals but I wasn't ready for this. Now, even if the author writes another Jonathan and Fran's adventure, it wouldn't feel the same. I just hope there will be one where Jonathan, Enid and Alex find the monster that killed her. Even though nothing happens regarding monsters, there are so many small things announcing Alice's future. It seems she will also be remarkable as her mother. I hope the urban fantasy stories are as good as these short ones with historical setting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    The last Jonathan and Fran story. In a way it's the end of an era. And even if it was a happier stry it would have still been hard for me to read and part with this couple. This story just radiated pain. It was like a physical thing, the kind that leaves you struggling for breath. In just a few pages SM managed to present the reader with all the pain and sorrow the characters left seemingly without effort. Lately I seem to be crying a lot while reading her works. And I love that her writing can The last Jonathan and Fran story. In a way it's the end of an era. And even if it was a happier stry it would have still been hard for me to read and part with this couple. This story just radiated pain. It was like a physical thing, the kind that leaves you struggling for breath. In just a few pages SM managed to present the reader with all the pain and sorrow the characters left seemingly without effort. Lately I seem to be crying a lot while reading her works. And I love that her writing can invoke such a strong emotional response from me. Because this is one of the reasons I read, to remind me that there are other emotions than the constant annoyance at the world as a whole.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    RIP Fran. Glad everyone was able to come to Fran's funeral. Also glad to see Fran one last time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    It's a free short story from Seanan McGuire, 0.14 in the InCryptid urban fantasy series, and revolving around a family of renegade "monster hunters" mourning the loss of someone much loved. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the InCryptid books on my website of the live-and-let-live Healys who have seen the error of their ways when it comes to huntin' down monsters. My Take This short story will break your heart all over again as the Healy family holds off on Fran's funeral It's a free short story from Seanan McGuire, 0.14 in the InCryptid urban fantasy series, and revolving around a family of renegade "monster hunters" mourning the loss of someone much loved. If you're interested, there is a chronological listing of the InCryptid books on my website of the live-and-let-live Healys who have seen the error of their ways when it comes to huntin' down monsters. My Take This short story will break your heart all over again as the Healy family holds off on Fran's funeral as they wait for the mourners to gather. "There were still hours to burn before the morning came and they put Fran in the ground forever. This was their last night in the same world, and he'd be damned before he wasted it on sleeping."I hated this story and the last, "Broken Paper Hearts" for all the loss — I loved Fran's character. And I hate how her death hurts everyone. All I can say is that McGuire had better write a story that tells us what happened to Alice!! The Story Almost twenty years ago, Jonathan Healy rode a train across the country to investigate reports that something was killing people in the wake of a small family circus. Almost twenty years ago, he brought home the woman who would be his wife, the mother of his children, and his partner in the endless quest to protect the cryptids of the world. The time has come for Fabulous Fran, the Flower of Arizona, the Star of New Mexico, to take the stage for the final time, and take her final bow. Fran touched a lot of lives in her time in Buckley, and the people who loved her are coming to say goodbye. It's not going to be easy. The things that are most important so very rarely are. They say she never missed a shot; she was the darling of the west. But now she's gone, and the ones she's left behind must figure out what this means for them. "It had taken nearly two weeks to arrange the funeral of Frances Healy. For the ones she'd left behind, it would take a lifetime to say goodbye." The Characters Fran Healy, whom the mice christened the Priestess of Unexpected Violence, is dead and will be buried next to the God of Early Arrivals and Earlier Departures. Jonathan, the God of Unexpected Situations, is grieving so much that he'll die soon if someone doesn't snap him out of it. His parents, Alexander, the God of Uncommon Sense, and Enid, the Patient Priestess, are holding it all together. Alice is Fran and Johnny's six-year-old daughter. The girl, according to Juney's cards who will one day give up everything she had because she didn't know how to give up on love. The Aeslin mice are grieving as well, remembering every day that Fran had been with them. Juniper Campbell, a routewitch and the closest thing Fran had to a sister, and the Campbell Family Circus needed time to get there. Laura is Juniper's daughter, and she gets introduced to Alice. Mary Dunlavy, a crossroads ghost, will be there for the funeral and to help with Alice. Arturo and Elena Gucciard must find a babysitter for their son, Aldo. Asta and Chruse will represent the Kalakos. Lynn Gentling and Elaine Lindsay from Gentling, Maine, have arrived. Roy Hagar is the funeral director who had to be bribed to keep Fran's body. The Cover and Title The cover is a montage of Fran's life as a trick rider with the circus, "The Star of New Mexico", a poster, PR photos, her six-guns, postcards, and letters. A look back at a life that was short and well-lived.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roslyn

    Another short story about the Healy family: no plot to speak of, but just a story of raw grief, beautifully told.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    Everyone gathers to say goodby to Fran. Very sad.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com The Star of New Mexico continues where Broken Paper Hearts ended (it would have probably been better had the two stories been combined, considering how short they both are). This one, however, was by far the saddest of them all. It's a very short stories, but considering this is a complete series of short stories, it doesn't really feel like a short story any more. The part with the Aeslin mice was truly heartbreaking. Now I need some Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com The Star of New Mexico continues where Broken Paper Hearts ended (it would have probably been better had the two stories been combined, considering how short they both are). This one, however, was by far the saddest of them all. It's a very short stories, but considering this is a complete series of short stories, it doesn't really feel like a short story any more. The part with the Aeslin mice was truly heartbreaking. Now I need some light reading to forget all this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    THIS is the one that really punches you in the gut re: Fran's death. Everyone is sad, even the goddamn mice are sad, and I can't deal with sad animals, you guys. SHE LOVED THE MICE SO MUCH. THEY LOVED HER SO MUCH. WHYYYYYY. Part of Seanan's genius with this series is showing how members of the family affect each other; how tragedy and grief can leave marks through generations. Jonathan is broken by Fran's death, and because of this, he becomes Super Overprotective Dad to Alice, ensuring that THIS is the one that really punches you in the gut re: Fran's death. Everyone is sad, even the goddamn mice are sad, and I can't deal with sad animals, you guys. SHE LOVED THE MICE SO MUCH. THEY LOVED HER SO MUCH. WHYYYYYY. Part of Seanan's genius with this series is showing how members of the family affect each other; how tragedy and grief can leave marks through generations. Jonathan is broken by Fran's death, and because of this, he becomes Super Overprotective Dad to Alice, ensuring that Alice will feel an undeniable pull towards rebellion and risk-taking. Grate job, dad. Clairvoyant routewitch Juniper gives us some foreshadowing of Alice and Thomas's relationship, saying Alice will give everything up because she can't give up on love. That's the story being told here over and over, isn't it? How love changes people, makes them change the entire trajectory of their lives just to be with that one person. Love can make us better people while it's there, and it can break us when it leaves.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cmoore

    The final story in the saga... I loved all the Fran and Johnny stories... It is so great that Seanan McGuire has provided these short stories to fill us in on the family history. While we impatiently wait for the next book in the in InCrypted universe... This story is a tearjerker, but it is awesome too... It is a perfect ending. It would be wonderful to see these stories collected into a single book (fingers crossed)... I totally recommend that you read the stories, most can be found free on The final story in the saga... I loved all the Fran and Johnny stories... It is so great that Seanan McGuire has provided these short stories to fill us in on the family history. While we impatiently wait for the next book in the in InCrypted universe... This story is a tearjerker, but it is awesome too... It is a perfect ending. It would be wonderful to see these stories collected into a single book (fingers crossed)... I totally recommend that you read the stories, most can be found free on Seanan's website, right here: seananmcguire.com/icshorts.php ... Oh and and the stories are laid out in order...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin (PT)

    Fran's funeral and the aftermath of her death. Heartbreaking (esp. the section with the Aeslin mice, though it was also delightful for the deeper look we get into their religion) but more of a vignette than a complete story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate K. F.

    A powerful end to Fran's story as everyone that she touched came together. I love how McGuire writes and this story perfectly captures all the reasons why with found family, understanding the pain of grief and the ways that people touch our lives.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads 0.14 - The Star of New Mexico 3 stars I can't . . . I'm too sad . . .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Holly Hand Grenade

    "She's a Healy, bred and born, and you're not going to change her." The funeral. That's what this story is. It's a testimony to Fran Healy and the crazy courageous person she was. All of her friends gather to remember her and it's heartbreaking and uplifting and downright necessary. Her best friend from the carnival, Juniper the routewitch, brings her daughter, Laura, to the foretold meeting of Alice Healy. It's probably best if we just don't say anything about Johnny and just how much this broke "She's a Healy, bred and born, and you're not going to change her." The funeral. That's what this story is. It's a testimony to Fran Healy and the crazy courageous person she was. All of her friends gather to remember her and it's heartbreaking and uplifting and downright necessary. Her best friend from the carnival, Juniper the routewitch, brings her daughter, Laura, to the foretold meeting of Alice Healy. It's probably best if we just don't say anything about Johnny and just how much this broke him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    how delightful !! ( not that it's all about a funeral, of course). I love the Incryptid series, this is a small stand-alone story in that universe, but it ties in to another series of Ms McGuire's, the Roadwitch series !! exciting !! The story itself is beautifully crafted, a poignant goodbye for a beloved family member and friend. Short and sweet, memorable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    What a way to rip my heart out. I was completely not ready for this and cried through the whole thing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Topp

    That thing in my eye is still there.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    Cried over 15 pages

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krystle Bates

    Tears

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    Goodbye Fran. Goodbye Jonathan as we knew him. Poor Alice.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    I don't know why it hit me so much, but I cried a lot throughout most of it. Especially with the Mouse Priest POV! Need to move past it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Can't type, too busy crying.

  26. 5 out of 5

    K.F.

    I am not OK. I am so not OK. I'm mad and I'm angry but it was a very well written story...so...UGH.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Trebyl

    Seanan McGuire is a master at reaching into your chest and tearing your heart out. And we thank her for it. She does it again with this story. I read it on the bus and wept the whole time. Saying goodbye to Fran (especially if you've read all of the Johnny and Fran short stories that are available on her website) is so hard to do, and it's so hard to watch her friends and family grieve. You share their grief. But McGuire also makes you hopeful as the focus turns to Alice, the next generation of Seanan McGuire is a master at reaching into your chest and tearing your heart out. And we thank her for it. She does it again with this story. I read it on the bus and wept the whole time. Saying goodbye to Fran (especially if you've read all of the Johnny and Fran short stories that are available on her website) is so hard to do, and it's so hard to watch her friends and family grieve. You share their grief. But McGuire also makes you hopeful as the focus turns to Alice, the next generation of the Healy clan.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Originally read: June 6, 2015 Old review: Tears, tears, and MORE TEARS. New Review: Tears, tears, and MORE TEARS. In the last Incryptid short story, we saw Fran die. In The Star of New Mexico, we get a chance to say goodbye. Reading is an act of mourning. Every word is grief. This is both a fantastic and heart breaking way to end the Frannie and Johnny era of our family dynasty series. And the end? Just another knife to your gut that gives you some hope for future stories. Sweet, horrible, painful Originally read: June 6, 2015 Old review: Tears, tears, and MORE TEARS. New Review: Tears, tears, and MORE TEARS. In the last Incryptid short story, we saw Fran die. In The Star of New Mexico, we get a chance to say goodbye. Reading is an act of mourning. Every word is grief. This is both a fantastic and heart breaking way to end the Frannie and Johnny era of our family dynasty series. And the end? Just another knife to your gut that gives you some hope for future stories. Sweet, horrible, painful hope :l

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenevieve

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  30. 5 out of 5

    BrokenMnemonic

    This story does an excellent job of following up on the previous short story, showcasing the effects of loss on all of those involved. For all that the human characters were going through, it felt in some ways as if the grief of the Aeslin Mice was perhaps the most moving; while I love the Mice for their comic value and their dedicated devotion, this shows the other side of their nature well, and the effect the family has on them.

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