House of Desire by Margaret Lucke – Book Spotlight


When a trip across time barriers leads to murder …At a gala fundraiser to save a grand San Francisco Victorian, reluctant psychic Claire Scanlan encounters a mysterious young woman, Roxane, who is invisible to everyone but her. Roxane is a “soiled dove” plying her trade in the mansion in 1896. She has discovered a secret portal that lets her slip into what she calls the Future House to escape the most brutal of the men who buy her favors. When the fundraiser’s organizer is murdered in the mansion, Roxane is the sole witness. Terrified, she flees back to her own time and enlists the only true gentleman she has ever met to help her find justice for the victim. Claire’s philandering brother-in-law is accused of being the killer. To clear his name she must find the elusive Roxane—which means risking a perilous journey into the past from which she may never return.Praise for Margaret Lucke’s novels“Margaret Lucke is an exceptional writer.”— Marcia Muller, Grand Master, Mystery Writers of America, author of the Sharon McCone detective series“A gripping, richly textured mystery. Read and enjoy.”— Rita Lakin, award-winning creator of the Getting Old is Murder series“Mystery, romance and ghosts come together in this first-class tale.” –– Romantic Times“A fascinating blending of romance, mystery and the paranormal.”— Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine“I was drawn into Claire’s story from the first page and could hardly put the book down for wanting to know what could possibly happen next.”— Fallen Angels Reviews

About Margaret Lucke

Margaret Lucke flings words around in the San Francisco Bay Area, as a writer, editor, teacher of writing classes, and writing coach. She is fascinated by the power of stories and the magic of creativity. 

Her latest novel, HOUSE OF DESIRE, a tale of love, ghosts and murder in San Francisco, is now available for preorder as a Kindle book. A print edition is coming soon. It is the second book in the Claire Scanlan Haunted House series, following HOUSE OF WHISPERS. 

Other works include two novels featuring artist/private eye Jess Randolph: SNOW ANGEL, in which Jess makes a desperate search for a missing child, and A RELATIVE STRANGER, an Anthony Award nominee for Best First Mystery, and two how-to books on writing: SCHAUM’S QUICK GUIDE TO WRITING GREAT SHORT STORIES and WRITING MYSTERIES. 

Margaret is also the editor of FAULT LINES, an anthology of 19 stories by Northern California crime writers, published in 2019 by the NorCal chapter of Sisters in Crime.

A former president of the Northern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Margaret teaches fiction writing classes at UC Berkeley Extension and frequently leads writing workshops and classes for libraries, writers organizations, and other groups. Visit her at

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2 Responses to House of Desire by Margaret Lucke – Book Spotlight

  1. macjam47 says:

    I love the cover of this book.

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