In this novella, Annie and Nate Dawson, the amateur sleuths from M. Louisa Locke's cozy Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, are visiting Nate's family at their ranch near San Jose, California. What was supposed to be a pleasant romantic interlude for the two of them, plus a chance for Annie to get to know Nate's family better, turns serious when a crime is uncovered. And, as in Locke's short stories from this series, Annie gets help in resolving the crisis from a very unexpected quarter. Violet Vanquishes a Villain comes right after Deadly Proof, the fourth book in the series, although it can certainly be read as a stand-alone story.
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Violet Vanquishes a Villain
I suppose I will be considered unduly biased as I lived in the very area that is the background of this story for nearly 30 years. However, in my defense, the correctness of the settings was so perfect that it brought my minds eye to the exact places described. With that said, how can I begin to say just how much I enjoy the works of M. Louisa Locke. Keeping up with the exploits of Annie and Nate Dawson is such an enjoyable break in reality. The characters become so real you find yourself ready to congratulate or dismiss them before the author does. I love my time reading these delightful novels and short stories.
As always this was a great book. All these characters are so alive and real. The stories and their adventures are fascinating. Always a good read!!