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




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

Just Released: a new Concordia Wells Mystery


Unseemly Ambition: book 4 of the Concordia Wells Mysteries


cover by Melinda VanLone

cover by Melinda VanLone

Murder aboard the Overland Limited…

It is the summer of 1898. Professor Concordia Wells is eager to accompany her friend, Pinkerton detective Penelope Hamilton, on a cross-country train trip to San Francisco. Breathless vistas and exciting locales will be a welcome change from a fiancé impatient to set a wedding date and the threat of revenge from the remaining Inner Circle members back in Hartford.

But Concordia should know there is no such thing as a free ride. When the Pinkerton Agency switches assignments at the last minute, she and Miss Hamilton have their work cut out for them. Fellow passengers prove to be both help and hindrance: a lady reporter in hiding, a con man…and a corpse or two. Then there is the handsome gentleman with the dark hair, green eyes, and a secret agenda of his own. Good thing Concordia is an engaged lady. Or is it?



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New in audio:

Unseemly Pursuits: book 2 of the Concordia Wells Mysteries


Becket Royce, the narrator for the audiobook version of Dangerous and Unseemly, has lent her voice talent once again to the Concordia Wells series.

A deadly secret that won’t stay buried…

It is the fall of 1896, and Miss Concordia Wells is hip-deep in the usual tumult of a lady professor’s life: classes, clubs, student pranks, and the unending drama generated by the girls she lives with on campus.  Complicating this normality is the new Lady Principal, whom the students have nicknamed “the Ogre.”  The woman seems bent on making Concordia’s life miserable.

Events take a grave turn, however, when an ancient Egyptian amulet donated to the college mysteriously disappears, the donor is found murdered, and his daughter – Concordia’s best friend – confesses to killing him.

Desperate for answers, Concordia unravels a 20-year-old secret, closely guarded by men now dead.  But such secrets can be dangerous for the daughters left behind, including Concordia herself.  Can she make sense of the mystery that has bound together their fates, before it’s too late?

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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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