The World of the Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series
Once upon a time I wrote a dissertation entitled “Like a Machine or an Animal: Working Women of the Far West in the Late Nineteenth Century.” For that monograph, I read books, articles, newspapers, diaries, memoirs, novels, and I did a thorough data analysis of the 1880 manuscript census for San Francisco, Portland, and Los Angeles, looking specifically at women who worked. The origins of my Victorian San Francisco mystery series can be found in that academic work, and my desire to illustrate to the contemporary reader what life was like for women who worked in the late 19th century through fiction.
As a result, my novels and short stories draw heavily on my academic expertise. However, there is, of course, much of the historical background that I had to leave out when writing my novels and short stories, so I am using this website and my blog to do some filling in the blanks; providing links, photographs, and additional information on Victorian San Francisco.
What follows is a table of contents of topics connected to my novels, Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, and my short stories. I will add to these topics from time to time through new blog posts, so if you want to be alerted when this happens, please subscribe to my blog.
M. Louisa Locke
Table of Contents:
What was San Francisco like in 1880?