Deadly Proof: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Deadly Proof: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

by M. Louisa Locke

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First Place Winner of the 2018 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Historical Mystery Award and fourth book in the USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco Mystery series.

It's the summer of 1880, and once again the lovely and inquisitive businesswoman, Annie Fuller, is helping San Francisco lawyer and fiancé, Nate Dawson, with a troublesome case. Nate's client, a female typesetter accused of murdering her boss, refuses to help in her own defense. Complicating matters, Nate's sister Laura insists on getting involved in the potentially dangerous investigation, while Laura's friend Seth Timmons, troubled Civil War veteran, finds himself a witness for the prosecution. 

Will Nate be able to win his first big case? Will Laura and Seth find some way of remaining friends? And finally, will Annie and Nate's upcoming nuptials be derailed by their attempts to track down a killer?

Old friends and new readers alike will enjoy Deadly Proof, this fourth installment of the cozy, historical mystery series that blends light-hearted romance and suspense, while examining the lives of late 19th century women who worked in the printing trades. Deadly Proof is followed by Pilfered Promises, and Locke's shorter works, found in Victorian San Francisco Stories and Victorian San Francisco Novellas, feature minor characters from the series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151712804
Publisher: M. Louisa Locke
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Series: Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series , #4
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 80,976
File size: 571 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Louisa Locke, is a retired professor of U.S. and Women's History who embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. Her Victorian San Francisco Mystery series feature Annie Fuller, a boardinghouse owner and clairvoyant, and Nate Dawson, a San Francisco lawyer, who together investigate murders and other crimes. Her short stories and novellas give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries.

As Louisa Locke, she has written Between Mountain and Sea, a novel in the open source science fiction world of the Paradisi Chronicles. To learn more about her historical mysteries or the new science fiction series go to If you wish to be notified of new publications subscribe to her newsletter or click the yellow FOLLOW button under her photograph on her Author Page.

Dr. Locke is an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, and a founder of the Paradisi Chronicles. For those of you who have read her work, Locke would love to hear from you at

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Deadly Proof: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free book set in1880 San Francisco. Mystery good. Characters interesting. Read other free book but not sure if I want to read others in series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of suspense , twist and turns and some romance . I enjoy this series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little bit slow at first but picked up in the end!
SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
It just dragged on and on. Finally gave up at page 100
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite of the series but stll enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very repetitive. Constantly going over same details and talking about printing presses. Wont read anything else by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite boring, couldnot get into the story. Too much about the printing & not enough actual story...
Julie_R_Evans-Artist More than 1 year ago
Mystery and charm pulls you into the story all the way to the end. Great as a stand-alone story or part of the series as Annie and Nate have yet another mystery to solve. This is a charming, clean, historical novel with romance, mystery, smart women, and lovable characters (maybe some villains too). I loved having this adventure with
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of these and hope Locke writes more. Love the Victorian setting and the characters are well thought out. The mysteries themselves are not overly deep but interesting and entertaining!
Cleo12 More than 1 year ago
This is Locke's 4th book and her best. The mystery and characters are well developed and believable. Locke's historical research is right on target. Unlike many series books, you do not have to have read the previous 3 to understand what is going on. At the same time you are not bogged down with too much information from the past.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy this series. The author has researched the time and place well and give a real feel of "life" to it all. The challenges of women and their place in the work force and society are well demonstrated. Both the main character and the lesser ones show the various tensions that existed for women at that time. The storyline of Annie and Nat working out their relationship has been a believable one and it continues here with each respecting the others opinions and needs. Quite satisfactory all around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago