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Publication Order of Cunning Woman Mystery Books

The Case of the Spotted Tailor (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Tangled Maypole (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of the Miscast Curse (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Francis Bacon Mystery Books

Death by Disputation (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Misrule (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Widows Guild (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Publish and Perish (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let Slip the Dogs (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spymaster's Brother (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Now and Then Stab (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lock Up Honesty (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Francis Bacon Short Stories/Novellas

Mustard on Velvet (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Walked a Lady (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
For Want of a Book (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
fraNCIS bacon: The Shirt (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Francis Bacon Collections

Publication Order of Lost Hat, Texas Mystery Books

Black & White & Dead All Over (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flash Memory (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Mystery Books

Moriarty Meets His Match (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moriarty Takes His Medicine (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moriarty Brings Down the House (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moriarty Lifts the Veil (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Professor & Mrs. Moriarty Short Stories/Novellas

The Stockbroker's Wife (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Medieval to Modern(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fishy Business(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Travel(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Anna Castle is a mystery and historical fiction novelist who is known for the “Francis Bacon” and the “Professor & Mrs. Moriarty” series of novels.

She grew up in Houston, Texas but unlike her contemporaries, she did not start writing in her childhood. In fact, she does not remember having any special interest in writing until she went to college but even then, she never took it very seriously.
Her fiction writing dream would lay dormant for years and it was not until she was in her late thirties that the desire to write once again flared.

Nonetheless, it would take a while before she was established but she published her debut novel “Murder by Misrule” the first of the “Francis Bacon” series of novels in 2014.

Writing is now a full-time job, even though she usually intersperses those with a range of hobbies. Apart from her fiction writing endeavors, Castle is also a gardener, tree hugger, knitter, bookworm, history buff, Trekkie, and dog person.
Her favorite hobby is learning things and sometimes she likes to build. However, once she is done building, she usually likes to move on and build something else.

Even though she did not start writing as a kid like most of her contemporaries, she learned how to read when she was four.

A few years later, her father began to take them to the library every weekend. Since her father was a psychologist, he used to take them on a detour to the ice cream parlor before taking them home, just to make them love reading even more.
As such, Anna Castle has been going to the library every two or three weeks since that time. This was a habit she kept except for the decade when she worked at the university and had an office inside the library.
She learned how to use the card catalog from the wonderful librarian at the Houston Public Library. It was not long before she had read everything about fairy tales and dragons in the library.

By the time she was ten, she had read “The Hobbit” and by the time she turned twelve, she had read “The Lord of the Rings” and over the years had read these works multiple times.
Nonetheless, she prefers to write mystery plots but is not ruling out writing fantasy fiction novels at some point.

Following a childhood spent reading all manner of novels, Anna Castle became an academic and now has three degrees. As a lover of literature, she majored in the “Iliad” and graduated with a Classic bachelor’s degree.
She would then get a Computer science degree since she had heard that the job market was very lucrative. Afterward, she got a Linguistics doctorate since she had the natural aptitude for it.

After she was done with her studies, she had three careers that included managing a digital archive of language resources, software engineering, and waitressing.

While she was in graduate school she did some college-level teaching and then spent a year writing the grammar of Zoque, an indigenous language in rural Mexico. She loved these careers but then got tired of it all at some point.
Moreover, she was too old for waitressing, too irregular for software development, and too distractible for academia. After leaving it all behind, she decided to become a fiction writer since she had always had an obsessive need to tell stories.

Anna Castle’s “Moriarty Meets His Match” introduces Professor James Moriarty who just left his job at Durham University under some controversy and is now employed at the Patent Office.

When Lord Nettleton his old nemesis submits an engine patent, Moriarty notes that a vital gauge is missing and the machine will be found inferior if released in that state.

On the eve of the exhibition, Moriarty secretly installs the gauge but when he attends the exhibition the next morning, the machine explodes when it is turned on and kills a man.

With the conniving and voluptuous Mrs. Angelina the American widow at his side, he tries to find out what caused the explosion. However, Sherlock Holmes and the police are also investigating and Holmes is convinced Moriarty is responsible for the fatal incident.
We are then treated to a brilliant game as the old professor tries to stay away from the insufferable Holmes. He does all this while also trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding the delightful Angelina and the explosion.
Fans of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes will be amused to see them working with Holmes but we know that given their history, this will not end well.

In Anna Castle’s “Moriarty Takes His Medicine,” Professor & Mrs. Moriarty take a case that Sherlock Holmes could never handle alone as he is too ticklish.

Angelina and James Moriarty are getting used to their new fashionable home and new marriage but Angelina has too many secrets she is keeping while James has too little to think about.

For this reason, both of them think they will never last until Sherlock arrives with a challenging case. He believes a specialist in Harley Street is killing for hire, as he injects deadly doses into his patients at his private hospital and sends them home with fatal conditions.

Sherlock wants to investigate but needs Angelina’s help given that the doctor’s clientele is primarily female.

While Watson, Holmes, and Moriarty explore the many ways a doctor could kill his patients, Angelina starts visiting the suspect posing as an anxious woman who is afraid that her husband wants to get rid of her.
But then an ill-considered word and a hasty conclusion drive a wage between Angelina and James putting her in a lot of danger.

They will now have to somehow find the courage to regain trust in each other in a race against time before they become victims themselves.

Anna Castle’s novel “Moriarty Brings Down the House” opens with Professor and Mrs. Moriarty getting a strange case that was brought to them by an old friend.

Their friend thinks that someone is trying to make him go bankrupt or he is the victim of an angry ghost. He believes the Moriartys are the best shot at solving his problem.
Moreover, he needs James to loan him much-needed money and Angelina to be a lead in his pre-prepared Christmas pantomime.

The Moriartys gladly take the case only for the stage manager to die on the day they arrive and they believe it was not an accident.

As Angelina does her thing backstage turning up old grudges and secrets, James follows the money looking for a motive.

Soon the pranks grow more frequent and deadlier until someone sets Holmes on the trail of the Moriartys hoping to catch them crossing some lines they should not. How far will they have to go to protect themselves and their investigation?
It is an intriguing novel in the series that offers an insightful look into the workings of theater in the Victorian age.

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