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Available for pre-order:

a new Concordia Wells Mystery!


Beloved and Unseemly

book 5 of the Concordia Wells Mysteries


A stolen blueprint, a dead body, and wedding bells….

Change is in the air at Hartford Women’s College in the fall of 1898. Renowned inventor Peter Sanbourne—working on Project Blue Arrow for the Navy—heads the school’s new engineering program, and literature professor Concordia Wells prepares to leave to marry David Bradley.

The new routine soon goes awry when a bludgeoned body—clutching a torn scrap of the only blueprint for Blue Arrow—is discovered on the property Concordia and David were planning to call home.

To unravel the mystery that stands between them and their new life together, Concordia must navigate deadly pranks, dark secrets, and long-simmering grudges that threaten to tear apart her beloved school and leave behind an unseemly trail of bodies.



Pre-order here for November 1st delivery:



 Dangerous and Unseemly named one of Library Journal’s Best of 2015!


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Here’s the link to the original Library Journal announcement: Best Books 2015: SELF-e

About this site:

By artist Louis Rhead, 1900. Image via wikimedia commons (CC)

This website is for you, the reader.  Grab your favorite soothing beverage, pull up a comfy chair, and browse for a little while. For those who enjoy history, specifically that of the late nineteenth century, you’ll find page buttons that lead to neat stuff: women’s colleges, the Mark Twain house, the right to vote, and so on.

There’s also a page about the world of my mystery series, set in an 1890s women’s college: Concordia’s World.

Want more 19th century?  Take a look at the Categories drop-down bar.  You’ll find blog posts about 19thc bank robbers and con men; fashion and frivolity; ice skating and Halloween pranks; tea rooms and tourism.  The Research tab has links, book lists,  and other resources, too!

For mystery lovers, we have plenty of it: classic “masters of mystery” such as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Nero Wolfe, Columbo, and more!  Kid detectives, gift suggestions, humor…and I welcome your suggestions for more mystery fun.  You can drop me a line at: contact (at) kbowenmysteries (dot) com.

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