M. Louisa Locke

1 Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Romance  Historical 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2014-12-06
Description :  It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.<br /><br />Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl's clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe it is suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.<br /><br />Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.<br /><br />Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco.

2 Deadly Proof: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2015-02-16
Description :  It's the summer of 1880, and once again the lovely and inquisitive businesswoman, Annie Fuller, is helping San Francisco lawyer and beau, Nate Dawson, with a troublesome case. Nate's client, a female typesetter accused of murdering her boss, refuses to help in her own defense. Complicating matters, Nate's sister Laura insists on getting involved in the potentially dangerous investigation, while Laura's friend Seth Timmons, troubled Civil War veteran, finds himself a witness for the prosecution. Will Nate be able to win his first big case? Will Laura and Seth find some way of becoming friends? And finally, will Annie and Nate's upcoming nuptials be derailed by their attempts to track down a killer?<br /><br />Old friends and new readers alike will enjoy <i>Deadly Proof</i>, this fourth installment of the cozy Victorian San Francisco Mystery series that blends light romance, suspense, and a glimpse into the lives of late 19th century women who worked.

3 Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Romance  Historical  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-12-04
Description :  In <i>Bloody Lessons</i>, it's the winter of 1880, and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters.<br /><br />Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called in to investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau, and the case becomes personal when they discover that Laura, Nate's sister, may be one of the teachers being targeted.<br /><br />In this installment of the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, readers will find the same blend of a cozy mystery and romantic suspense, played out against the historical backdrop of late 19th century San Francisco, that they found in <i>Maids of Misfortune </i>and <i>Uneasy Spirits.</i><br /><br />If you are new to this series, you will still enjoy spending time with the lively residents of Annie Fuller's boarding house and visiting San Francisco when Golden Gate Park was filled with horse-drawn carriages, politics were controlled by saloon-keepers, and kisses were stolen under gaslight.

4 Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Women Sleuths  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-12-17
Description :  In this sequel to <i>Maids of Misfortune</i>, it is the fall of 1879 and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, has a problem. Despite her growing financial success as the clairvoyant Madam Sibyl, Annie doesn't believe in the astrology and palmistry her clients think are the basis for her advice.<br /><br />Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels.<br /><br />Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.<br /><br />In this cozy historical mystery of romantic suspense, Annie delves into the intriguing world of 19th century spiritualism, encountering true believers and naïve dupes, clever frauds and unexplained supernatural phenomena. She will soon find there are as many secrets as there are spirits swirling around the Frampton séance table. Some of those secrets will threaten the foundation of her career as Madam Sibyl and the future of her relationship with Nate Dawson, and, in time, they will threaten her very life itself.

5 Pilfered Promises: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Historical  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2016-07-19
Description :  It is November,&#xa0;1880, and the future looks promising for Annie and Nate Dawson. Nate's law practice is taking off. Annie has made the transition from pretend clairvoyant to a successful financial consultant.&#xa0; And they are looking forward to spending their first Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays together.<br /><br />For Robert Livingston, the owner San Francisco's newest grand emporium, the holidays don't look so promising. Not if he can't figure out how to stop whoever is stealing from his department store, the Silver Strike Bazaar.<br /><br />However, when he hires the Dawsons to investigate, they discover that behind the doors of his "Palace of Plenty," nothing is quite what it seems.<br /><br /><i>Pilfered Promises</i>, a sweet cozy historical mystery, is the fifth novel in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series featuring Annie and Nate Dawson and their friends and family in the O'Farrell Street boarding house and right before the newest novella, <i>Kathleen Catches a Killer</i>.

6 Violet Vanquishes a Villain: A Victorian San Francisco Novella

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Short Stories  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2015-12-10
Description :  In this novella, Annie and Nate Dawson, the amateur sleuths from M. Louisa Locke's cozy Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, are visiting Nate's family at their ranch near San Jose, California. What was supposed to be a pleasant romantic interlude for the two of them, plus a chance for Annie to get to know Nate's family better, turns serious when a crime is uncovered. And, as in Locke's short stories from this series, Annie gets help in resolving the crisis from a very unexpected quarter.&#xa0; <i>Violet Vanquishes a Villain</i> comes right after <i>Deadly Proof</i>, the fourth book in the series, although it can certainly be read as a stand-alone story.&#xa0;

7 Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Short Stories  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Short Stories 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2013-09-22
Description :  In the fall of 1879, San Francisco swelters under a heat wave while Barbara Hewitt, a reserved school-teacher, uncovers a mystery with the help of her son’s dog, the Boston Terrier, Dandy.<br /><br />This short story, which comes chronologically after <i>Maids of Misfortune</i>, is set in the 19th century, gas-lit world of Annie Fuller and her O’Farrell Street boarding house, which Locke writes about in her Victorian San Francisco Mystery series.

8 The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage: A Victorian San Francisco Story

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Short Stories  Historical  Historical 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2013-09-22
Description :  This short story, set in 1879 San Francisco, features two elderly dressmakers, Miss Minnie and Miss Millie Moffet, who face a moral dilemma of no small dimensions. They turn for advice to Annie Fuller, a widowed boardinghouse owner who supplements her income as a clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl.&#xa0;<br /><br />For those who have read Locke's any of her Victorian San Francisco mysteries,&#xa0;this story is set after <i>Maids of Misfortune</i> and before <i>Uneasy Spirits</i> and is an amusing glimpse into the lives of Annie Fuller's two most eccentric boarders. For those unfamiliar with Locke's mysteries and the late 19th century world they portray, this is just a taste of things to come.

9 Madam Sibyl's First Client: A Victorian San Francisco Story

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  History  United States  Historical  Short Stories 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2015-09-13
Description :  In this short story, the young widow, Annie Fuller, is meeting her first client as the pretend clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl. If she can’t convince this man&#xa0;that she can make money for him with her financial advice, she doesn’t know how she will be able to hold onto her boarding house and her precious independence.<br /><br /><i>Madam Sibyl’s First Client</i> is the prequel to <i>Maids of Misfortune</i>, the first book in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series.

10 Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong: A Victorian San Francisco Story

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories  Historical  Historical 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2015-09-12
Description :  Annie Fuller, the young boarding house keeper and reluctant clairvoyant, met the kind, older Chinese servant, Mr. Wong, in the midst of her investigations into a mysterious death in <i>Maids of Misfortune</i>, the first book in Locke’s Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. In this short story, Annie Fuller turns to Mr. Wong for help in solving a puzzle that could have life or death consequences. Like <i>Madam Sibyl’s First Client</i>, <i>Dandy Detects,</i> and <i>The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage,</i> Locke’s other short stories in this series, <i>Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong</i> offers a glimpse into what life was like in late 19th century San Francisco.

11 Kathleen Catches a Killer: A Victorian San Francisco Novella

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2017-11-26
Description :  It's the very end of December, 1880, and the servant Kathleen Hennessey expects to spend a quiet week taking care of the O'Farrell Street boarding house while her employers, Annie and Nate Dawson, are off spending the Christmas holidays with Nate's family.&#xa0;However, when she agrees to help out one of her friends, Kathleen discovers that a simple case of a servant being dismissed without notice has turned into a complicated puzzle that she is determined to solve.<br /><br />While featuring minor characters from Locke's Victorian San Francisco mystery series, Kathleen Catches a Killer contains all the light romance, humor, and suspense of the longer works. &#xa0;Chronologically, this novella comes right after the events in Pilfered Promises, but it can be read as a stand-alone and an excellent introduction to this mystery series about the gas-lit world of the late 19th century. &#xa0;

12 Victorian San Francisco Stories

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Short Stories  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2014-12-11
Description :  This book is a collection of four short stories from the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. <i>Madam Sibyl's First Client</i> was written specifically for this collection and it finds Annie Fuller, the young widowed boarding house keeper, just starting her career as a pretend clairvoyant. In <i>Dandy Detects</i>, the Boston terrier that lives in Annie Fuller's boarding house helps uncover a crime, and in <i>The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage,</i> two elderly boarders use their dressmaking skills to avert a domestic tragedy. Finally, in <i>Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong</i>, a Chinese manservant from the first mystery in the series, <i>Maids of Misfortune</i>, makes another appearance and helps Annie Fuller solve a serious problem. As a bonus, there is an essay, Historical Tidbits, which provides insight into the historical research that went into these stories.

13 Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 (Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, Deadly Proof)

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Historical  Historical  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-07-22
Description :  The first four books in the romantic and suspenseful Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, <i>Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons</i>, and <i>Deadly Proof</i> are bundled together at a substantial discount. This Boxed Set of cozy historical mysteries is the perfect gift for readers of any age and is a welcome companion to Pilfered Promises, the fifth book in the series.&#xa0;<br /><br /><b><i>Maids of Misfortune</i></b> introduces Annie Fuller, a young widow who runs the O'Farrell Street boarding house and supplements her income by giving financial and domestic advice as Madam Sibyl. When one of Madam Sibyl's clients dies in mysterious circumstances, Annie goes undercover as domestic servant to find out the truth about his death. Against his better judgment, Nate Dawson, the Voss family lawyer finds himself drawn into helping in her investigations, alternatively fascinated and frustrated by Annie's independent nature.&#xa0;<br /><br /><b><i>Uneasy Spirits</i></b> finds Annie Fuller and Nate Dawson, assisted by the boarding house maid, Kathleen, delving into the world of 19th century Spiritualism in order to expose a fraudulent trance medium. She will soon find there are as many secrets as there are spirits swirling around the séance table. Some of those secrets will threaten the foundation of her career as Madam Sibyl and the future of her relationship with Nate Dawson, and, in time, they will threaten her very life itself.<br /><br />In <b><i>Bloody Lessons</i></b>, Annie Fuller has been called in by her beau, Nate Dawson to find out who has been sending poison pen letters about the teachers of San Francisco. The case becomes personal when they discover that Nate's sister, Laura, may be one of the teachers under attack.<br /><br />In <b><i>Deadly Proof,</i></b> Annie helps her fiancé, Nate Dawson, with a troubling case—defending a female typesetter who is accused of killing her employer. Complicating matters, Nate's sister decides to take the investigation into her own hands.

14 Dandy Delivers: A Victorian San Francisco Novella

Author : M. Louisa Locke
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Cozy  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2018-04-30
Description :  It's January, 1881, and while the adults in Annie and Nate Dawson's San Francisco O'Farrell Street boardinghouse are busy with their own affairs, two boys and a dog find their own adventure. Ian Hennessey, a poor boy from South of Market, who is trying to shoulder a man's responsibilities, gets in trouble, and his best friend, Jamie Hewitt, does what he can to help. But it is Jamie's young Boston Terrier, Dandy, who saves the day.<br /><br />This short novella comes right after the events in <i>Pilfered Promises</i> and <i>Kathleen Catches a Killer</i> but can act as an introduction to the late 19thcentury gas-lit world of Locke's historical mystery series.

15 Medieval to Modern: An Anthology of Historical Mystery Stories

Author : Sarah Woodbury, M. Ruth Myers, M. Louisa Locke, Anna Castle & Libi Astaire
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Women Sleuths  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2018-06-19
Description :  Join amateur sleuths, private detectives, and feisty female protagonists in a journey through time with this anthology of historical mysteries spanning nearly a thousand years, from Medieval Wales to 1940s Ohio. This collection of eight novellas and short stories is the perfect introduction to five award-winning series in settings ranging from the back streets of Elizabethan and Regency London to the steep slopes of Victorian San Francisco.<br /><br />-- Libi Astaire, the <i>Jewish Regency </i>mystery series.<br /><br />-- Anna Castle, the<i> Francis Bacon </i>mystery series and the <i>Professor &amp; Mrs. Moriarty</i> mystery series.<br /><br />-- M. Louisa Locke, the <i>Victorian San Francisco </i>mystery series.<br /><br />-- M. Ruth Myers, the <i>Maggie Sullivan </i>mystery series set in Depression-era Ohio.<br /><br />-- Sarah Woodbury, the <i>Gareth &amp; Gwen Medieval Mysteries.</i>



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