The Nine Book Series

Violet Strange

The Violet Strange Mysteries are nine detective stories for young-adults, each story a major case for Violet Strange, a debutante and secret high-society detective, living and working in New York City in 1899, The Gilded-Age.

The stories are based on A.K. Green’s 1914 short stories, but they are completely re-imagined and re-written for pre-teens and teens today.  The original short stories were less fleshed-out, and were written in stilted, Victorian English.

All nine books were published January 2014 as paperbacks and e-books in various formats.  The first book in the series is offered at a special low price.  And all the books are available to read for free via Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.

Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice Nominee

“…the heroine of Martinelli’s slim volume won me over almost instantly, and the style had me snickering and sometimes laughing throughout.”

“I adored this sweet little book and look forward to continuing my acquaintance with Violet in the future.”

[From the Historical Novel Society’s Review]

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Candida Martinelli based the novels on short stories published in 1915 by The Mother of Detective Fiction, A. K. Green, in the short story collection The Golden Slipper and Other Problems for Violet Strange.  The stories have been re-imagined and re-written for pre-teens and teens today.

The estimated Lexile Measure of the books is 715, comparable to the Nancy Drew Mysteries, meaning the books are of the same reading level.

Book 1

Book 1:  Violet’s Problem

New York City, March 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, searches for her disgraced sister, risking losing everything, in the hope of saving her sister from a life of poverty and despair.

The first book in the series is offered at a special low price.

Book 2

Book 2:  Violet and the Golden Slipper

New York City, April 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, seeks the truth behind a series of thefts, risking her secret job as a high-society detective, in the hope of saving a young woman from dishonor and the law.

Book 3

Book 3:  Violet and the Grotto Specter

New York City, May 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, seeks to clear a man she loves of murder, at the risk of being disowned by her family and of losing her secret job as a high-society detective.

Book 4

Book 4:  Violet and the Dreaming Lady

New York City, June 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, tries to find a millionaire’s lost will and testament that was hidden by a sleepwalking woman, risking her own future in the hope of saving a family from destitution.

Book 5

Book 5:  Violet and the Second Bullet

New York City, July 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, seeks to prove a young father did not kill himself and his child, risking her exposure as a high-society detective, in the hope of saving the man’s grieving widow from destitution and forced prostitution.

Book 6

Book 6:  Violet and the Intangible Clue

New York City, August 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, delves into the past of a murdered woman to discover the killer, as part of her secret job as a high-society detective, while trying to avoid exposure and a forced marriage.

Book 7

Book 7:  Violet and the House of Clocks

New York City, October to mid-November 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, plays companion to a sadistic old woman, a risky departure from her secret job as a high-society detective, in the hope of saving a young woman’s life.

Book 8

Book 8:  Violet and the Doctor, his Wife, and the Clock

New York City, Late-November to mid-December 1899.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, working secretly as a high-society detective, attempts to discover if a respected doctor’s confession of murder is true, or psychotically induced. 

Book 9

Book 9:  Violet and the Locked Room, and Missing Page Thirteen

New York City, Late-December 1899 to New Year’s Day 1900.

Violet Strange, a Gilded-Age debutante, formerly a secret high-society detective, sets out to discover a mysterious locked room in a Colonial mansion, upsetting the eccentric owner’s protector, who sets out to discover Violet’s mysterious past.

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