M. Louisa Locke


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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,190. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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.

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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.