Anne Louise Bannon


Anne Louise Bannon is an author and journalist who wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Wines and Vines, and in newspapers across the country. She was a TV critic for over 10 years, founded the YourFamliyViewer blog, and created the wine education blog with her husband, Michael Holland. She also writes the romantic fiction serial She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the greatest. They are my bread and butter. They are why I do what I do. Being a fan myself in so many ways, I truly appreciate those who really like me.
What are you working on next?
I've got a lot going on, as usual. My next Freddie and Kathy mystery, The Last Witnesses, is in the process of being polished for release in Spring 2017. Stopleak, the sequel to That Old Cloak and Dagger Routine, is being serialized on my blog page now, with the book coming available soon. I've got a science fiction/time travel novel, But World Enough and Time, that may or may not be serialized this winter and spring on the blog page, as well. Finally, I'm getting ready to prep A Ring for a Second Chance, a sequel to a beloved fairy tale, for release in Fall 2017. And if you really want to look down the road, I just finished the rough draft start of a new series set in early Los Angeles called Death of the Zanjero. One constant in my life is that there is plenty to do.
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Where to find Anne Louise Bannon online


Fascinating Rhythm
Here I am, reading from the first chapter of my mystery novel Fascinating Rhythm. The music is from an early recording of the actual tune.


Operation Quickline
Sid Hackbirn and Lisa Wycherly are partners in a super-secret organization designed to pass information around. Keeping ahead of the various bad guys out to get them is the easy part. Learning to live and work with each other when their respective values are completely opposed, that's the trick.
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Deceptive Appearances
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Fugue in a Minor Key
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Sad Lisa
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Old Los Angeles
Set in the 1870s, this series follows the memoirs of Maddie Wilcox, a winemaker and doctor, as she tries to solve murders in an impossibly violent and corrupt small town.
Freddie and Kathy Mystery
Socialite author Freddie Little and his editor Kathy Briscow sleuth out killers during the Roaring 1920s.
Fascinating Rhythm
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Bring Into Bondage
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The Last Witnesses
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Blood Red
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Death of the Drunkard
Pre-release—available November 28, 2023. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
One inoffensive drunkard. So many reasons to kill him. Book five in the Old Los Angeles series, featuring physician and winemaker Maddie Wilcox.
Running Away to Boston
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,230. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
There's always a way in... Set in Los Angeles, Jannie Miller gets hired to find a young secretary only to find herself part ragtag group of ethical computer hackers intent on bringing down an unethical corporation that is writing a virus that could bring the American economy to its knees.
Time Enough
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,920. Language: American English. Published: May 5, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
The exciting sequel to But World Enough and Time - Robin Parker has to settle her new sister-in-law, then heads off to the future to find that things are seriously going wrong for Roger York, the time traveler who set everything up.
Just Because You're Paranoid
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,000. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Like the old poster said, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Sid and Lisa are headed for the shock of their lives – assuming family doesn’t make them crazy, their business lets them, and the person gunning for them doesn’t succeed.
A Little Family Business
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,280. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
After Lisa makes a disastrous pickup for Operation Quickline, the top-secret courier group that she and her partner Sid Hackbirn work for, she realizes it's time for her and Sid to get married. But then the two have to take custody of Sid's son, Nick, after the boy's mother dies. It's not long before the spy business becomes a family thing, assuming they all can stay alive long enough.
My Sweet Lisa
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,360. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Finally, it's real love... Now what? Lisa Wycherly's surprise birthday party ends in a terrifying disaster when she's kidnapped off the street. Her partner, Sid Hackbirn, is so devastated that he loses his interest in sleeping around - the one thing keeping the two of them apart. Then Lisa's recovery sets in motion new challenges. The only thing worse? Figuring out how to be a couple.
Rage Issues
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,710. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A reluctant PI with two hot cases... Daria Barnes can't make a living producing plays, so her P.I. friend Berto invites her to become his associate. Then Berto gets seriously injures, so Daria not only must keep Berto's lastest case going, investigating the death of Larry Ochoa, drummer for country-western star Luke Winston, she's got to figure out who tried to take out her best friend.
These Hallowed Halls
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,910. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A deadly amateur, a top-secret formula, and full mating plumage. Operatives Lisa Wycherly and Sid Hackbirn are sent undercover at a small arts college in Wisconsin to find out who is stealing a top secret formula. Lisa's cover is as an English professor and Sid's as an older student. Finding the thief will be hard. Trying not to be in love with each other, even harder.
White House Rhapsody Books One and Two
Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
From the popular romantic serial fiction blog - a story of two people desperately trying not to fall in love with each other. President Mark Jeguessen has no room for romance in his life. Neither does his aide Sharon Wheatly. And when they finally give in, that's only the beginning of their troubles.
Death of the Chinese Field Hands
Series: Old Los Angeles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,500. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
A night of chaos leads to more murders Physician and winemaker Maddie Wilcox has always despaired of how violent Los Angeles is. But one night, in October 1871, the pueblo explodes in a riot and eighteen Chinese men are lynched. When two of her field hands are murdered and a third attacked, Maddie has to find out what the killer wants before she loses everything.
Sad Lisa
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,470. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Lisa Wycherly work as a spy often gets in her way, but then she gets engaged In the middle of a case, causing her boss and housemate Sid Hackbrin to drop his own bombshell on her. It only gets worse when the case explodes into the worst nightmare.
The Operation Quickline Boxed Set
Series: Operation Quickline. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 321,600. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A compilation of the first five books in the Operation Quickline series, featuring Lisa Wycherly and Sid Hackbirn, agents for an ultra top-secret organization, who may seem like opposites, but have a lot more in common than they think. The set includes That Old Cloak and Dagger Routine, Stopleak, Deceptive Appearances, Fugue in a Minor Key, and Sad Lisa.
Death of the City Marshal
Series: Old Los Angeles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,480. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It's October, 1870, and once again, violence has disturbed the streets of Los Angeles. This time, City Marshal gets into a gunfight with his deputy Joseph Dye, and is severely wounded. Fortunately, winemaker and physician Maddie Wilcox is on the scene to take care of the marshal. But the next day, she finds that the marshal has been smothered in his bed. The morning after the marshal's death, red
Fugue in a Minor Key
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,180. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Lisa Wycherly's nephew Darby is in trouble. She and her boss and partner Sid Hackbirn are in the middle of a hot case trying to sting a ring of employees selling out the defense plant where they work. Then an old friend of Sid's shows up with a kid that looks just like him. Can things get any crazier?
A Nose for a Niedeman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,720. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A blind private investigator searches for who killed the owner of an art gallery in this light-hearted mystery. Mrs. Delilah Sperling may not be able to see, but she's an expert at sniffing out murderers.
Blood Red
Series: Freddie and Kathy Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,870. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The color of passion is Blood Red. For Freddie Little, it's not only the color of the family heirloom ruby necklace, it's the color of his deep love for his wife, Kathy. When Kathy wears the gem to a party, relatives and friends see red, and one of them kills Freddie's father But Freddie doesn't want to investigate until the killer threatens and Freddie must fight for all he holds dear.
Death of the Zanjero
Series: Old Los Angeles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,270. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
in Los Angeles in 1870, when Zanjero Bert Rivers' body floats up out of the irrigation ditch, or zanja, winemaker and healing woman Maddie Wilcox finds herself defending the town's most notorious madam. To save the one person she knows is innocent (at least, of the murder), she must find out who killed Bert Rivers, a chase that will tax her intellect, her soul and her very belief in humanity.
A Ring for a Second Chance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,710. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this sequel to a beloved fairy tale, an all-too convenient accident forces a young king and his family into hiding as poor farmers until he can regain his throne. There is a little magic to help out, but will it be enough?
Deceptive Appearances
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,250. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Drugs, secrets and old flames haunt secret agents Sid Hackbrin and Lisa Wycherly in their third adventure, as they're sent to Lisa's home town to find out who's selling secrets to the bad guys.
The Last Witnesses
Series: Freddie and Kathy Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,620. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
The exciting sequel to Bring Into Bondage. When Honoria Wentworth finds a body in her apartment Freddie Little and Kathy Briscow find themselves caught up in a deadly chase and conspiracy that, no matter how unbelievable, could get them all killed.
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,030. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The worst has happened. There’s been a leak in the courier system that is Operation Quickline, and Lisa Wycherly and Sid Hackbirn are sent to plug it. This is no straight up investigation. The two are being used as bait for a complex trap. Surviving the challenges to their respective values is hard enough. The bigger challenge will be to stay alive long enough to return to their normal lives.
That Old Cloak and Dagger Routine
Series: Operation Quickline, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,080. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In 1982, Lisa Wycherly was broke, out of work and desperate. So when Sid Hackbirn offered her a job as his live-in secretary, she jumped at it, little knowing just how dangerous it would be. Sid was a spy for an ultra-top-secret agency and had recruited Lisa to work as his associate. Sid knew he was turning Lisa's life upside-down. He had no clue what she'd do to him.
Bring Into Bondage
Series: Freddie and Kathy Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,230. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
When Kathy Briscow is summoned home by a mysterious telegram, she and her beau, Freddie Little, rush to her parents' farm. The farm has been repeatedly vandalized, with the attacks getting more and more serious. But even dark secrets, a frightened boy and angry townsfolk don't get Kathy and Freddie in the near the trouble as when Pa Briscow gets the shotgun out.
Tyger, Tyger
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,810. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When teacher Brenda Finnegan and her animal trainer boyfriend Bob Zebrinski witness a kidnapping, Brenda decides it's time to deal with the violence that has dogged her life. Too late, she realizes that the search for the kidnappers means facing an angry religious cult, helping the little girl left behind by the kidnappers and facing her own neuroses.
Fascinating Rhythm
Series: Freddie and Kathy Mystery. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,680. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Murder and mayhem stalk the streets of 1920s New York City as Kathy Briscow and Freddie Little try to find out who killed Kathy's boss before the killer finds them.