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DEATH OF AN HEIRESS by Anne Louise Bannon is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with a guest post ...

DEATH OF AN HEIRESS by Anne Louise Bannon is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with a guest post and giveaway. Enjoy!


About Death of an Heiress


Death of an Heiress Historical Mystery 4th in Series (Old Los Angeles) Setting - California Healcroft House, Publishers (June 14, 2022) Paperback ‏ : ‎ 306 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1948616211 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1948616218 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09W5NLMT8 


When the unmentionable stalks the pueblo

It starts when the inheritance that Lavina Gaines was to receive is stolen by her brother Timothy. Then an old Indian healing woman is murdered. Winemaker and physician Maddie Wilcox wants to find the person responsible for Mama Jane's death, but is also occupied with another killer - the measles.

When Lavina's friend Julia Carson dies trying to rid herself of a pregnancy, Lavina asks Maddie's help finding the man responsible for Julia's child. Soon after, Lavina is killed and her murder bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Mama Jane's. The only motive Maddie can find involves Julia's death, which is not the sort of thing one talks about. Not only that, Lavina's nether garments are missing.

It's a difficult challenge, but Maddie rises to it, searching among the many men of the pueblo, including some of her dearest friends.

 How does a proper lady in 1872 get the answers she needs to stop a killer determined to stop her first?

About Anne Louise Bannon

Anne Louise Bannon is an author and journalist who wrote her first novel at age 15. Her journalistic work has appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Wines and Vines, and in newspapers across the country. She was a TV critic for over 10 years, founded the YourFamilyViewer blog, and created the wine education blog with her husband, Michael Holland. She is the co-author of Howdunit: Book of Poisons, with Serita Stevens, as well as author of the Freddie and Kathy mystery series, set in the 1920s, the Operation Quickline series and the Old Los Angeles series, set in the 1870s. Her most recent title is the current stand-alone, Rage Issues. She and her husband live in Southern California with an assortment of critters. Visit her website at

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By Anne Louise Bannon

I was knee deep researching book two of the Old Los Angeles series of historical mysteries, when I stumbled on something odd. It was a little ad at the bottom of the daily newspaper for November 1, 1870.
“All persons are warned against crediting my daughter, Lavina Gaines, on my account, as I shall pay no debts of her contracting from and after this date. Robert Gaines, Los Angeles, Sept. 23, 1870.”


Lavina eventually made an appearance in that book, Death of the City Marshal, and showed up again in book three, Death of the Chinese Field Hands. She turned out to be quite a different character than some silly little thing running around charging things to her daddy’s account. She turned out to be quite sensible and living with a harsh, bombastic father, and equally bombastic brother. 

It is her murder that makes up much of the plot of book four, Death of an Heiress, and I’m sorry about that.

I love getting inspiration from the local newspapers of the day when I’m writing a book. There is something about taking a chance mention and turning it into something exciting and alive. For example, in Death of an Heiress, there’s a scene where a dispensary catches fire. That really happened. It was in the newspaper that the shots were fired and the brave lads brought the pump and put the fire out, then everyone helped the dispensary owners try to save their stock.

Of course, I wasn’t too sure what the paper was referring to when it mentioned the shots being fired. But I went to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s web page (or was it the one from the LAFD museum?), and there it was all laid out about the volunteer fire force in 1872. When there was a fire, three gunshots were fired in succession and the bell in the Clocktower Courthouse was rung.

What fun! I knew I had to use that, and in the story, my main character Maddie Wilcox explains that while hearing gunfire was not at all unusual in the pueblo – Los Angeles was a very violent place then, three in even succession was unusual. And when the shots are heard, both she and the young man she is speaking with stop what they’re doing and start sniffing for smoke.

I also learned about the measles outbreak in the pueblo at the time the story happens from a chance mention in the newspaper that school attendance was down because of it. “Thankfully, few have died.”

Ouch. We forget that the measles can be quite deadly. But, yeah, it is, having the worst impact on the very young and adults. Maddie is a doctor, so you know I was going to include the measles, and I’m sorry, but some kids do die of it. As I often point out, this is the 19th Century. People are dropping like flies. Medical science is just barely getting on its feet.

I do use other sources for my research, such as medical journals from the day, reading books from the time, secondary sources to check a quick date or to get a better overall understanding of what the world was like at the time. But my favorite sources are things like advertisements in newspapers and magazines. Tourist literature, which is enormously useful in that tourists write about the stuff the locals couldn’t be bothered to, such as how they made wine back then. And it’s those little details that make doing the research such a blast, and even more gratifying when it becomes part of the story.

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