Fall Retrospective

Dear Reader, I started this blog in December of 2009, nearly twelve years ago, when I published my first mystery novel, Maids of Misfortune. At the time, I had no idea if I was going to continue writing this blog, because I had no idea if this book was going to be the last book I published. I confess, my writing has been much more consistent than my blogging in the last few years, but both certainly out-performed my expectations. I am currently writing the eighth full-length novel in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, Entangled Threads, which explores the female occupation of woolen textile factory workers. If all goes well, the book should be published by January, perhaps up for pre-order before that. This book, along with 8 short stories and 2 novellas, brings the total books in the series Read more…


Boxed Set 99 Cents and other Discounts

Sales: This USA Today bestseller brings together the first four books in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series: Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, and Deadly Proof. This boxed set of four cozy, historical mysteries, set in late nineteenth-century San Francisco, are appropriate for teens to adults, and it is a welcome companion to the Victorian San Francisco Stories Vol 1 and 2 and the Victorian San Francisco Novellas, which feature beloved minor characters. 99 cents on Kindle, Apple Books, Kobo, Nook, GooglePlay until 7/20 ********* For those of you who are into audiobooks, Maids of Misfortune is permanently discounted to $3.99 – $4.99 on most retailers, and for the rest of July the Victorian San Francisco Novellas collection of Violet Vanquishes a Villain, Kathleen Catches a Killer, and Dandy Delivers is only $2.99 on Apple Books and Chirp. ********* A reminder that Read more…


Boxed Set 99 cents

Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 This USA Today bestseller brings together the first four books in the romantic and suspenseful Victorian San Francisco Mystery series: Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, and Deadly Proof. Maids of Misfortune (over 3400 reviews, 4.2 stars) introduces Annie Fuller, a young widow who runs the O’Farrell Street boardinghouse 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 a 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. Uneasy Spirits (over 1000 reviews, 4.4 stars) finds Annie Fuller and Nate Dawson, assisted by the boardinghouse maid, Kathleen, delving Read more…


Victorian San Francisco Stories: Volume 2

Over six years ago, I put out a collection of the four short stories I had written in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, and since then, despite the fact that I give away this first volume of stories to anyone who signs up for my newsletter, I’ve sold over 4000 copies of the collection. At the time of publication, I wrote this post about why I enjoyed writing short stories. If anything, the reasons I listed are even more true now, when I have put out a second volume of short stories. The stories in this second collection come between the events in my last two full-length mysteries, Scholarly Pursuits and Lethal Remedies. As with my other short stories and novellas, they feature secondary characters from the series. The first story, Beatrice Bests the Burglars, finds Mrs. O’Rourke, the O’Farrell Read more…


New Victorian San Francisco Short Story

Tilly Tracks a Thief December 1881, San Francisco: Tilly, the young O’Farrell Street boardinghouse servant, is determined to discover who’s stealing from houses in the neighborhood before the thefts ruin the holidays for everyone. This short story in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series comes after the short story Mrs. O’Malley’s Midnight Mystery and right before Lethal Remedies, the seventh novel in the series. 99 cents on Kindle, AppleBooks, Nook, Kobo, GooglePlay and Other Retailers   In addition to this Christmas tale, the audiobook edition of Kathleen Catches a Killer is only $1.99 on AppleBooks and Chirp for a limited time. Have a lovely and safe holiday. M. Louisa Locke December 19, 2020