Louise Hathaway


Louise Hathaway is a pen name of a husband and wife writing team. They write in several different genres including murder/ mystery; romance, travel, time travel, and literary criticism.

Smashwords Interview

We see that you are a husband and wife writing team. When did you decide that you wanted to write books together?
The Wife: For years, I'd been trying to get published on my own. I have a M.A. in English and spent my twenties at the post office mailing my short stories to various publishers with no success. About 3 years ago, on a lark, I began writing a murder/mystery about a group of librarians and what would happen if someone accidentally got crushed when the electronic compact shelving mechanism malfunctioned. How would my imaginary librarians react if they found the body? Would they accuse each other? Who would they think did it? I wrote about 6 pages and showed it to my husband. He liked it and I asked, "How would you like to write the rest of this book with me?" He kindly agreed and that's how we started writing books together. The Husband: I got inspired when my wife started writing eBooks. She graciously allowed me to add my ten cents worth into the books she was writing and the rest is history. I'm so lucky she's allowed me into her domain.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The wife: I love bouncing ideas off each other. I am constantly amazed by some of the dialogue and ideas my husband comes up with. One of my favorite things to do is to sit out in our garden, have a glass of wine, and read to each other what the other has written that day. I always knew that my husband was a good writer (he seduced me with a poem he'd written about me). But I'm amazed by just how good of a writer he is and how much better he writes with each book. The husband: Forget what she said. She's the better writer. I'm just along for the fun ride. It's a joy to be creating our little works of art and then unleashing them onto the world!
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A New Orleans Mystery
This series stars female homicide detective Yvonne Dauphin and takes place in New Orleans. Although the stories in the series occur in numerical order, each can be read as a stand-alone. Fighting Demons opens with my main character checking herself out of a psychiatric hospital determined to show her boss that she is up to the task of capturing a serial killer. Deadly Promises is about human trafficking. Several young women are found dead in a shipping container from Poland. Yvonne and her team must figure out how they came to meet such fate. Fifty Shades of Dead is the most recent release. In this story, a young woman goes out to dinner with a man she's just met at the theater where they've watched 50 Shades of Grey. He bears a striking to the actor who portrayed Christian Grey and also had a "red room". She decides to take a walk on the wild side with deadly results.

Fifty Shades of Dead

Price: $2.99 USD.
A Nancy Keene Mystery
These books are funny PG-rated stories inspired by the adventures of the famous teenage sleuth Nancy Drew. She was my childhood hero and I was thrilled whenever I got a Nancy Drew Mystery for my Christmas or birthday present. For readers who don't know who Nancy Drew is, here's a brief description: the original Nancy Drew stories first appeared in 1930. They starred a pretty blonde teenager who led a charmed life: she was popular, knew all sorts of obscure facts, had a very kind and permissive father, a snazzy blue roadster, and plenty of unsupervised time to go off searching for clues in each of her "cases". Many famous women such as Hillary Clinton, Former First Lady Laura Bush, and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Sonia Sotomayor cite her as formative influences. My Nancy Keene mysteries take place in some of my favorite travel destinations, so they are travelogues in addition to being cozy mysteries. All of the books in the series can be enjoyed as standalone stories.
The Librarians
This is a series about people who work at libraries. I used to work at one, so I write about my experiences in a library located in a busy civic center next to the courthouse where a large population of homeless people set us camp outside in the bushes and spend most of the days in the library hanging out. Isabella Forshey, the librarian in 3 of these books, falls in love with a detective she meets at a mystery dinner theater. They marry in New Orleans. When he dies unexpectedly, she deals with his death by going to Europe with her best friend, another librarian. "Watchin' the Detective: A Mystery Dinner Romance" is a romantic comedy that's a little racy, but I hope everybody will like it. All of the books in the series can be enjoyed as standalone stories. By the way, that's my niece posing on the cover of Death Among the Stacks: the Body in the Law Library.

Honeymoon in New Orleans

Price: $0.99 USD.
A Detective Santy Mystery
These murder mysteries are about the life and career of Clarissa Santy, a female homicide detective from Orange County, California. The series begins with the murder of her father. When she turns 18, she looks into the court records of the murder trial, and realizes that the wrong man was arrested. When she contacts him, she finds out more about her family and learns the hard way that there are some questions best left unanswered. All of the books in the series can be enjoyed as standalone stories.


Tripping Back to the 60s
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,310. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This humorous time-travel tale is about 2 sisters who are magically transported back to the 1968 Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California—an outdoor concert later described as “Orange County’s Woodstock”. They hitch-hike back to their childhood home, see and talk to relatives who died years ago, and even run into younger versions of their husbands. Will they ever find their way home?
Our First Year Raising a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy (And Then Some)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,950. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock
Come along with us as we follow our new Jack Russell puppy through his first year (and then some) and watch him learn and grow to become part of our world. We hope that you may learn from our mistakes and successes with bringing up this adorable, funny, intelligent, and always-entertaining breed of wonderful little dogs.
Fifty Shades of Dead
Series: A New Orleans Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,490. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Three young librarians get together for a girl’s night out at the movies to see Fifty Shades of Grey where they meet a handsome stranger who bears a striking resemblance to the film’s main character. He invites them to dinner, but only one goes with him—a vulnerable redhead who has just been served divorce papers. A few days later, her body is found behind an abandoned house in the 9th ward.
Deadly Promises: A New Orleans Mystery
Series: A New Orleans Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,120. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In this intriguing New Orleans mystery, two murder investigations take center stage in the Crescent City. First, a young woman is gunned down during a wedding at St. Louis Cathedral; then 13 bodies are found in a shipping container on the docks. Could these two seemingly unrelated cases be connected? Discover the seamy underworld of human trafficking as two homicide detectives search for answers.
The Salacious Scribes Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"I never imagined when I joined an erotic romance writing group that one of us would be killed at the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. It had all started out so fun." So begins this humorous and PG-Rated romantic cozy mystery about the relationships between writers and what happens when one of them is killed.
The Stolen Masterpiece: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,220. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Join precocious teenage sleuth, Nancy Keene, on another of her international adventures. This book finds her in Amsterdam visiting her newly-found Dutch relatives who have recently discovered a secret room in their house that contains valuable artwork, including a Vermeer masterpiece worth millions. Someone has stolen it, and it’s up to Nancy and her team to find out who.
Fighting Demons: A New Orleans Mystery
Series: A New Orleans Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,060. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this riveting murder mystery, Homicide Detective Yvonne Dauphin risks her life and sanity when she checks herself out of the hospital after a bipolar meltdown, determined to prove to her boss and coworkers that’s she still up to the job of capturing a serial killer. To complicate matters further, she is hoping to reunite with her ex-husband. Will she triumph against the odds?
Destination Europe: The Summer the World Changed
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Based upon real experiences of the author, this travelogue is about 2 friends who travel to Europe to recover, sight see, meet long lost relatives, and find love in unexpected places. On their way home, aboard a plane at Heathrow, they first hear about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Their pilot tells them to get off the plane and gather their luggage in the baggage claim area. Where will they go?
Planning A Vacation? Why Not Chicago
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(5.00 from 1 review)
Free travelogue. I've always been fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright & the many craftsmen homes he designed there. I grew up listening to Chicago-style blues & longed to hear some Blues’ bands perform at the famous “Buddy Guy’s”. I've also been intrigued by Chicago’s colorful gangster past & wanted to see a live show at the Second City Improv. And then--there's the famous pizza! Who can say no?
Travelers In Time Aboard The California Zephyr
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,600. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Do you like trains? Do you like history? If so, take a look at this time travel tale about modern-day Amtrak travelers who go back in time to the days when the trans-continental railroad was being built. Our passengers become part of a real-life special excursion train and meet Rutherford B. Hayes, George Pullman, and Robert Todd Lincoln. How will our time travelers cope with their new world?
The Forgotten Sister: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,830. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Classics
In The Forgotten Sister, the drawing rooms of the Regency era are opened for us to view the world where Jane Austen left off when she wrote Pride and Prejudice. This novel is about Mary Bennet, the plain middle daughter, as she compares herself to her beautiful sisters, tries to get her father to notice her, falls in love, becomes a writer, and ultimately a champion for those less fortunate.
The Oedipus Complex in D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Essay » Author profile
This scholarly essay is about Sons and Lovers, the strange story about a mother who smothered her son with possessive love and treated him like a substitute for her abusive husband. It also addresses what Lawrence thought of critics who claimed it was about the Oedipus Complex. I've included photos that were taken when I was at his birthplace in England & at his memorial in New Mexico.
Marriage in Pride and Prejudice: A Literary Essay
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Women Authors
I wrote this literary essay in graduate school the semester before I received my Masters Degree in English Literature. It is about marriage expectations in the Regency period as expressed in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It explores the different relationships between the sexes in the novel, and what the options were for unmarried women during this period. It also includes my travel pictures.
The Stolen Mask: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,650. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
What would happen if Nancy Drew met James Bond? Find out in this humorous, PG-Rated tale written for women baby-boomers who grew up loving Nancy Drew. Nancy Keene, a teenage sleuth, goes to London and stays in the same hotel as Daniel Craig (AKA James Bond) when his BAFTA award is stolen. Nancy channels Agatha Christie & Sherlock Holmes to help her solve the mystery of the stolen mask.
Honeymoon in New Orleans
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,150. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Planning a vacation? Why not New Orleans? It's one of my favorite cities in the world and I've returned to it many times over the years. I wrote this travelogue/romance novel about my favorite places to visit, dine, and stay overnight in The Crescent City and Louisiana. My travelogue also includes helpful websites to consider before planning your next vacation. "A light and enjoyable read."
Watchin' The Detective: A Mystery Dinner Romance
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,640. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Have you ever wanted to go to a mystery dinner theater where the audience has to figure out whodunit? That is where two lovers meet in this humorous & sexy romance novel. A librarian in her mid-thirties goes with her friends to a performance where an actual murder takes place & falls in love with the handsome investigating detective.
The Body on Ortega Highway: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,460. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This psychological thriller about sexual obsession will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end. It's a riveting murder mystery about a female homicide detective who investigates the brutal murder of two teenage girls on a rural road in Orange County, California. Is the killer the same man who's been making upsetting phone calls to her? Does she know him? Will she be his next victim?
Nags, Sluts, and A Deep-Breasted Soulmate from the Shining City: Thomas Wolfe's Women in The Web and the Rock
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature
I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story and was pleased to discover the best one in American Literature, in my humble opinion, in Wolfe’s long novel, The Web and The Rock. In that thinly-veiled self-portrait, Wolfe loves and captures the spirit of Aline Bernstein. In his extravagant rhetoric, he immortalizes her in his fictional character, Esther Jack.
Honeymoon In Savannah: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,750. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
In this murder mystery, Detective Clarissa Santy hopes to spend a quiet honeymoon with her husband in one of America’s most beautiful cities. She and her husband are both big fans of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, so they decide to make a pilgrimage to Savannah to see the sights mentioned in the book. Her time as a tourist is short-lived however when a famous chef is murdered.
Chasing My Roots: New World Finally Meets Old World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Genealogy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Do you love genealogy? If so, then this story is for you. Written by the grand-daughter of a Belgian immigrant who came to America in 1910, it describes her efforts to find and reunite with his family in Belgium after a breakdown in communication for twenty-five years. When she makes a pilgrimage to meet her relatives in the old world, they pull out all the stops and treat her like a movie star.
The Missing Bachelor Farmer: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,690. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Are you a fan of Prairie Home Companion? Have you ever thought of going on a pilgrimage to see the towns that Garrison Keillor had in mind when he created his fictional town of Lake Wobegon? If so, I hope you will enjoy this book about a precocious teenager who talks her father into taking her to Minnesota on just such a quest.
Murder At The Abbey: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,940. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In this murder/mystery, a monastery in Orange County, California is shaken to its core when one of its priests is murdered. Who would want to kill him? Tempers have been running high in Silverado Canyon ever since the abbey purchased land to expand on. Detective Clarissa Santy is trying to solve the murder, while she’s busy reintroducing her father to the world outside of prison.
The Ghost In The Plantation: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,830. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Do you like Nancy Drew? Do you like New Orleans? If so, you will enjoy this humorous and PG-rated story about a teenage sleuth that especially targets women baby boomers who grew up reading & loving the Nancy Drew series. The teenage sleuth in this story goes on vacation to the French Quarter and what starts out as a sight-seeing trip changes into a murder/mystery when a docent is murdered.
England in the Footsteps of Its Literary Giants
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Essay » Literature
(5.00 from 1 review)
This travelogue explores the literary landmarks of England by visiting the birthplaces and environs of some of the best writers of the English language. In it, you will find the worlds of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, James Herriot, Thomas Hardy and William Shakespeare, to name but a few. One need not be an English Major to enjoy this book. All one needs is a yen to travel.
The Buried Treasure on Route 66: A Nancy Keene Mystery
Series: A Nancy Keene Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,020. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Written as an homage to the Nancy Drew books, this humorous and PG-rated "mystery" especially targets women babyboomers who grew up loving the series. This book's main character is a “teenage sleuth,” very much like Nancy; but, its protagonist has just turned 18, has a boyfriend and is ready to move out of her father's house. Will her father "let her go"? Find out in this trip on Route 66.
The Tustin Chronicles: A Detective Santy Mystery
Series: A Detective Santy Mystery. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,610. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
This murder mystery, about a daughter's search for the truth behind her father's murder, is an homage to the books of T. Jefferson Parker that describe crime in Orange County, California. Focusing on Tustin in the early 1970's and 1990's, this book brings back the bygone days of tractor showrooms; hippies and head shops in Laguna Beach; and a packing house called "The Sunkist Cathedral".
Death Among The Stacks: The Body In The Law Library
Series: The Librarians. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,460. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Why did an Inspector from the Government Printing Office get crushed between two rows of electronic compact shelving? In this murder/mystery, everyone seems to have a motive. It's an Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit with multiple suspects whom the book's detective assembles together in one room in the last chapter for "the big reveal."

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Smashwords book reviews by Louise Hathaway

  • Divine Designs on Oct. 28, 2013
    (no rating)
    This book is a great combination of my two loves: art and poetry. Thanks for offering it for free.
  • What Would Happen If Erma Bombeck Bought A Vibrator? on March 04, 2015

    What a delightful little book! A very fun and easy read. I've always been an Erma Bombeck fan and this is an insprired yet hilarious tale of a modern day experience that I'm sure Erma would approve of and certainly laugh at. Told unabashedly from a first person account, it is tastefully written and will make you laugh out loud at the author's experience getting aquainted with a new addition to her sexual arsenal. I recommend this to all the Erma Bombeck fans out there and to any woman who has wondered about what it's like to get a vibrator. Looking forward to more from this author.
  • Pamela‚Äôs Love Collection on May 04, 2015

    A fun and delightful read. I especially liked the section on the three F's.
  • The Rock Star in the Mirror (or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) on Oct. 03, 2015

    I enjoyed reading your book. It was very brave of you to tell the story from a male point of view. I liked all the characters. I went under the pen name Louise Hathaway
  • Our Miss Engel on Dec. 06, 2015

    I enjoyed reading this book. I won't give anything away by writing of a surprise that comes about 3/4 of the way into the book. I should have seen it coming. It kept my interest from the first chapter and I read it all in one sitting. I'm happy that it was a free book and can't help but wonder why it doesn't have a price. Thank you for sharing this with us.
  • The Forgotten Mission on Dec. 18, 2015

    I enjoyed reading this intriguing mystery. I loved the idea of a writer renting a secluded hideaway and then discovering a German Luger, Nazi military identification papers, and the story of a mysterious girl who once lived there; then vanished from the land, not wanting to be found. What is the secret she's hiding? You'll have to read this well-written mystery to find out.
  • BLUSHES, BLUNDERS and BAGPIPES on June 20, 2016

    This was a very pleasant read about characters with whom I'd like to spend time. Thank you for providing it for free!