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Before there was #metoo there was Clara Shortridge Foltz.    She fought for and gained women’s rights before women could vote, make contracts, or have any control over their own bodies as sexual beings.  Now you can see how it was in California before civil rights became an issue for anyone but males.

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James Musgrave's new book will be self-published if Kindle Press doesn't decide to publish it first.  That means all readers who support his Kindle Scout campaign will receive a free copy, whether or not his book is selected by Amazon Press.  This novel is a little over 50K words, so it can be, as Edgar Allan Poe says, "read in one sitting.

Chinawoman's ChanceChinawoman’s Chance (Portia of the Pacific Mysteries Book 1)


First California woman lawyer solves crimes

Clara Shortridge Foltz, Esq. is the first woman admitted to the State Bar of California. It is 1884 in San Francisco’s Chinatown. This is the first murder case in which Clara must defend her Chinese client in court. After she loses her murder trial in a male-dominated, racist kangaroo court, she must trap the real killer. Captain Isaiah Lees assists her and teaches her the methods of street detective work. Will her young client be hanged before she can trap the real killer?

Go here and hit the Nominate button to get my mystery in the running for publication by Amazon Press.  If Amazon doesn’t publish it, don’t worry.  I’ll self-publish, and you’ll still be getting your free copy of my book in the format of your choice (.epub, .mobi, or .pdf).

About me:

James Musgrave has won First Place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards in the Historical Mystery Category, 2013. All of the mysteries in his Detective Pat O’Malley series were promoted as ‘featured titles’ in the American Library Association’s Self-E Program for independent authors.

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