Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 (Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, Deadly Proof)

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M. Louisa Locke

M. Louisa Locke, a retired professor of U.S. and Women’s History, has embarked on a second career as the author of novels and short stories set in Victorian San Francisco that are based on Dr. Locke's doctoral research on late 19th century working women. In Maids of Misfortune, Annie Fuller, a young widow, goes undercover as a domestic servant to solve a murder, in Uneasy Spirits, Annie and lawyer Nate Dawson investigate fraudulent trance mediums, and in Bloody Lessons, they try to determine who is attacking San Francisco teachers. Deadly Proof, the fourth book in the series, is about women in the San Francisco printing industry, the fifth book in the series, Pilfered Promises, takes Annie and Nate into the world of the new department store. Scholarly Pursuits, the most recent book in the series, takes Laura Dawson (Nate’s sister) to the UC: Berkeley campus where she faces the remarkably modern problems of fraternity hazings, fraught romantic relationships, and fractious faculty politics. 

​​​​​​​Not just content with writing about the past, under the pen name Louisa Locke, she has recently turned to the future with the Caelestis Series Trilogy (Between Mountain and Sea, Under Two Moons, Through Ddaera’s Touch) set in the collaborative world of the Paradisi Chronicles. Locke is active in the Alliance of Independent Authors and the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative. More about her work can be found at