In loco parentis: A comparison of 19th century and 20th century coeducation

Introduction: I confess, that like many historical fiction writers, I often choose my characters and plots as a way to explore certain subjects. For instance, my primary goal in starting to write my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series was to further explore and tell stories about the women I had studied for my history doctorate. Consequently, during the past ten years I have researched jobs women held in a variety of occupations including domestic service, spiritualism, public school teaching, the printing industry, and department stores. However, while doing the research about public school teaching for Bloody Lessons, the third book in Read more…

Scholarly Pursuits Now Available for Pre-order

“Something is rotten in the state of Berkeley” –1881 Blue and Gold Yearbook, University of California: Berkeley In Scholarly Pursuits, the sixth full-length novel in the USA Today best-selling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, Locke explores life on the University of California: Berkeley campus in 1881, where Laura and her friends face the remarkably modern problems of fraternity hazings, fraught romantic relationships, and fractious faculty politics.  While Annie and Nate Dawson and friends and family in the O’Farrell Street boardinghouse await a blessed event, Laura Dawson finds herself investigating why a young Berkeley student dropped out of school in the fall Read more…

Victorian SF Mystery and Caelestis Series News

Victorian San Francisco Novellas collection now Available This collection brings together three novellas: Violet Vanquishes a Villain, Katherine Catches a Killer, and Dandy Delivers.These shorter works contain the light romance, humor, and suspense of the novels in her cozy Victorian San Francisco mystery series and are an excellent introduction to the gas-lit world of late 19th-century San Francisco. Violet Vanquishes a Villain: In this novella set in August of 1880, Annie and Nate Dawson’s trip down the San Francisco peninsula to San Jose was supposed to be a pleasant romantic interlude and a chance for Annie to get to know Nate’s Read more…

Fall Promotions

I have been very focused on finishing the first draft of Scholarly Pursuit, the next full-length book in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, but needed to pause to let you know about the a great list of historical mysteries that are free or discounted today, 11/4.  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 Read more…

Flash sale on Historical Mystery Anthology

Medieval to Modern: An Anthology of Historical Mystery Stories 99 cents for two days only, August 11-12 On all major online stores Five authors, six series, three novellas and five short stories, this anthology (which includes my novella Katherine Catches a Killer and short story Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong) is the perfect introduction to these five authors historical mystery series.