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 of 1880.

No one, including her friend Seth Timmons, thinks this is a good idea, since she is juggling a full course load with a part-time job, but she can’t let the question of what happened to her friend go unanswered. Not when it means that other young women might be in danger.

This cozy historical mystery of romantic suspense is set in the period immediately after the fifth book in the series, Pilfered Promises, and two novellas, Kathleen Catches a Killer and Dandy Delivers.  However, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Available on Kindle  iTunes  Nook  Kobo

I have been working on this, the sixth full-length novel in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series for a year, and I am very excited to announce it is now available for pre-order. When I started, all I knew was that I wanted to set this book in the University of California: Berkeley, where Laura Dawson and her friends were attending school. What I didn’t expect to find was how contemporary the issues were that students and faculty were facing in 1881. Later I will write a blog about these findings, but for now, hope you all are as excited about reading this book as I am about finding out what you think about it!  Meanwhile, have a great holiday!

M. Louisa Locke, December 20, 2018

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 family better. When the visit takes a serious turn, Annie races to expose a criminal who could ruin a young man’s life, getting help from an unexpected quarter. The events in Violet Vanquishes a Villaincome right after Deadly Proof, the fourth book in Locke’s Victorian San Francisco mystery series.

Kathleen Catches a Killer: As 1880 comes to a close, the O’Farrell Street boardinghouse servant, Kathleen Hennessey, expects to spend a quiet week while her employers, amateur sleuths Annie and Nate Dawson, are off spending the Christmas holidays with Nate’s family. 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 and dangerous puzzle that she is determined to solve. The events in Kathleen Catches a Killer come right between those in Pilfered Promises and the third novella in this collection, Dandy Delivers.

Dandy Delivers: It’s January, 1881, and while the grown-ups 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.

Buy now for Kindle, and in all  major ebookstores. Print edition also available on Amazon.

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Changes in Availability of Paradisi Chronicles-Caelestis Series

This past year, the first book in my Caelestis Series trilogy (Between Mountain and Seahas been permanently free, and this book and the other two books in the trilogy (Under Two Moons and Through Ddaera’s Touch) and the Caelestis Series Boxed Set, containing these three books and a bonus short story, have been available in all major ebook retailers. However, next week I will start putting these books into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.

The good news is that these books will now be free to borrow for those of you who subscribe to the Kindle Unlimited program.

The bad news is that Between Mountain and Sea will no longer be permanently free and none of the books will be available through other retailers besides Amazon. I will still do frequent free and discount promotions of all these books––which I will announce in this newsletter.

I am making this announcement so that you have the chance to download Between Mountain and Sea or buy any of the other books while they are still widely available, a good opportunity to stock up on some science fiction reading for the winter holidays.

Between Mountain and Sea and Under Two Moons are now available as audiobooks now in a variety of stores, and the third book in the trilogy should be in an audiobook edition before Christmas.

And never fear, any new publications of books I write for the Paradisi Chronicles I will make widely available–at least for a short time.

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Meanwhile, I am hard at work finishing the first draft of the next full-length novel in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. Title is Scholarly Pursuit, it is set in University of California; Berkeley in 1881, which means it features Laura Dawson and her friends. I hope to have the book ready for pre-order around Christmas.

M. Louisa Locke

Boxed set only 99 cents until July 15

Although I imagine most of you already have read the first 4 books in my series of Victorian San Francisco Mysteries, I did want to alert you to this sale of the Boxed Set, a $8.99 value for only 99 cents until July 15. In any event, you might think about what a nifty gift this boxed set would be to give to someone who could use some light summer reading. (Amazon and other retailers have made gifting books to others pretty simple.) You can get the boxed set at  Kindle  Apple  Nook  Kobo  GooglePlay

I also thought you might enjoy the post I wrote over on the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative page, entitled “Writing Historical Mysteries: What comes first, research or plot?”

M. Louisa Locke, July 9, 2018

New Historical Mystery Anthology

For over eight years I have been an active member of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, a group that now has over 52 members and  over 280 books in our catalog. One of the popular sub-genres that a number of us write is historical mysteries and five of us decided to put together an anthology of shorter works as a way of introducing our different historical mystery series.

This collaborative project was great fun, with everyone helping in choosing the content, coming up with the title, creating the cover, editing, formatting the interior, proofing the text, and writing the product description. And unlike the old joke that getting writers to cooperate is like herding cats, this was a very smooth and organized operation.

I am proud to announce that here is the result, a 495 page books filled with 3 novellas and five short stories (including my Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong and Kathleen Catches a Killer) for only $4.99.

Medieval to Modern: An Anthology of Historical Mystery Stories

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.

— Libi Astaire, the Jewish Regency mystery series.
— Anna Castle, the Francis Bacon mystery series and the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mystery series.
— M. Louisa Locke, the Victorian San Francisco mystery series.
— M. Ruth Myers, the Maggie Sullivan mystery series set in Depression-era Ohio.
— Sarah Woodbury, the Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries.

Available on Kindle  iTunes  Nook  Kobo  GooglePlay.

Dandy Delivers: A new novella

Dandy, the Boston Terrier in my Victorian San Francisco Mysteries series, modeled on the Bostons in my own life, has always been one of my favorite characters. He was the first to get his own short story, Dandy Detects, and he always makes sure to show up in my longer books, if only for a cameo appearance. For some time, however, he has wanted to have another starring role, and I found that before I could get serious about writing the next novel in the series (title Scholarly Pursuits, estimated publication date some time this fall), I had to write this story, which became Dandy Delivers.

As with Kathleen Catches a Killer (my most recent story in this series), this started out to be a short story and turned into a short novella, which means that I will price it at $2.99. However, I want all the fans of the series to get a chance to get it first at a discount. So for a limited time it will be only 99 cents.

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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.

This short novella comes right after the events in Pilfered Promises and Kathleen Catches a Killer but can act as an introduction to the late gas-lit world of Locke’s historical mystery series.

For a limited time only, 99 cents on Kindle  iTunes  Nook  Kobo  GooglePlay

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In addition, Deadly Proof, the fourth book in the series, just won the 2017 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem award for first in the historical mystery category. To celebrate, I have made it Free until May 10th (making it a great gift for Mother’s Day.)

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?

FREE until 5/10 on Kindle  iTunes  Kobo  Nook  GooglePlay

Enjoy,

M. Louisa Locke, May 4, 2018