The Real Life Characters in the Portia of the Pacific Historical Mystery Series

Historical Characters Brought to Life

Author James Musgrave uses several characters in his mysteries who existed in history, including the main female sleuth, Mrs. Clara Shortridge Foltz.  Please click on the photo of each character to be taken to more information about their background and accomplishments in real life.  Click here for a brief list of Clara’s family members.

           Clara Shortridge Foltz, Attorney, 1885

                        Isaiah W. Lees, Detective

                       Ah Toy, Chinatown Madam

                          Mary Hopkins, 1848

                   Laura de Force Gordon, Attorney

                     Trella Evelyn Foltz, 1887

                        Fung Jin Toy, “Little Pete”

                       Paschal Beverly Randolph

                      Washington Bartlett, 1886

                       Sarah Pardee Winchester

                            Elizabeth Ware Packard

Tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

About musgrave

Owner, Publisher, and former Caltech Supervisor and English professor for 25 years. Developer of the Embellisher ePub3 Mobile Creation, Distribution and Sales platform. Call 619-750-7360 or

Leave a Reply