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Axel Platzoff does not work at the Handy Pavilion by choice. 

Stacking shelves seemed beneath the former supervillain who had come close to world domination so many times. But as part of his plea deal with the Hague, Axel had to work somewhere, so he worked at the big-box hardware store in the sleepy Australian suburb of South Hertling. Fortunately, he is not the only eccentric employee of the place. 

Other Pavilionites come from backgrounds almost as strange as Axel's. There are cyborgs, ape-men, ghosts, and assistant managers; dryads, time-travellers, demigods and school leavers. Finally, Axel feels at home.  

And then, tragedy strikes. 

The construction of a rival hardware store, just across Hurley Road threatens Axel's living and his new friends. Axel has no choice but to to take the fight to his enemies, the only way he knows how. But is the DIY Barn really nothing but a rival hardware store, or is it a front for sinister forces, far more terrifying than the Pavilionites ever imagined? (Spoiler: It's the second one)  

An engaging mix of urban fantasy and workplace comedy, Mysterious Aisles follows its eccentric ensemble cast as they march towards open warfare with the Barnling forces.

About The Author

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Australian SFF author BG Hilton spent most of his life doing jobs so tedious that his only escape was entertaining himself with crazy fantasy stories, and now he writes them down in the hope of entertaining others. He specialises in Speculative Fiction, Humour and Non-Fiction. 

He works in the education sector these days, which would probably surprise any of his teachers. His debut novel -- the Steampunk adventure 'Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys' was published by Odyssey Books in early 2020. He lives with his family in Sydney, and consequently spends a lot of time in traffic. You can find his blog at; @bghilton on Twitter and on Facebook.

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