M. Louisa Locke

Biography

M. Louisa Locke, a retired professor of U.S. and Women’s history, has embarked on a new career with her best-selling Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, which is based on Dr. Locke's doctoral research on late 19th century working women. Maids of Misfortune, the first in this series, features domestic service, and Uneasy Spirits, the sequel, explores women and 19th Spiritualism. Her third book, Bloody Lessons, focuses on teachers working in the San Francisco public schools in 1880. She has also written four short stories that are based on characters from the novels, and they can be found in this collection, Victorian San Francisco Stories. Her next book in the series, Deadly Proof, about women in the San Francisco printing industry, will be available early in 2015.

Go to http://mlouisalocke.com/ for more about M. Louisa Locke and her work, including information about the historical research behind these books. Word of mouth is crucial for any author to succeed. Therefore, if you enjoyed Maids of Misfortune, please consider writing a review. Dr. Locke is on the Board of Directors for the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative and an active member of the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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Victorian San Francisco Stories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,190. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
This book is a collection of four short stories, Madam Sibyl’s First Client, Dandy Detects, The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage, and Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong, each providing an opportunity for minor characters from the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series to have adventures of their own.
Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,790. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
In Bloody Lessons, the third installment of the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, it is the winter of 1880 and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack. Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called in to investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau, and readers will find a delightful blend of a cozy mystery and romantic suspense.
Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 140,410. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(5.00)
In this sequel to Maids of Misfortune, Annie Fuller delves into the intriguing world of 19th century spiritualism to expose a fraudulent 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 future of her relationship with the lawyer Nate Dawson, and, in time, they will threaten her very life itself.
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
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Price: Free! Words: 108,800. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2009. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(5.00)
In this light-hearted historical mystery, Annie Fuller is a widow who works in San Francisco as Madam Sibyl, a clairvoyant. In 1879, when a creditor threatens to take away her home, and Voss, one of Madam Sibyl’s clients, dies suddenly, Annie Fuller and Nate Dawson, the Voss family lawyer, try to find out the truth about Voss’s death in order to save his family and Annie from financial ruin.

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  • Sonya's War on Dec. 02, 2010

    I highly recommend Sonya’s War, which is a delightful screenplay that tells the fascinating story of the stormy relationship between Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sonya in the last year of Tolstoy’s life. I was swept up in battle between Sonya, who was desperate to hold onto her influence over her husband and his work, and those men and women who believed that Tolstoy and his work belonged to the people. I was quickly caught up in the intrigue and conflict, and Polansky did a marvelous job of portraying Sonya’s acts of manipulation and imbalanced mental state, yet creating great sympathy for a woman who has lost control of everything she holds dear.