This site is a collection of the books and plays

authored by Cathleen Van Winkle.  

I am inspired by a passion for the Victorian Era, 

a deep desire to delve into mysteries, 

and a respect for history.  


On the "Plays" page, I have several play scripts for community theatre or school groups, including a spooky Halloween play.  Each play has an air of mystery, but they are all uplifting and heartwarming in their own way. There's nothing like a happy ending, is there? Included with each script:  a synopsis, a list of characters, and a properties list. These plays were written for a small community theater, but could certainly be done on a larger stage. All of the plays require only a simple set with no set changes (only the typical striking or addition of props).

History Books: 

On the "History" page, I have included a synopsis for:


The Twelve . . . A Unique Underground Railroad Saga that Spans 150 Years:  Including the History of the Mayhew Cabin with John Brown's Cave Museum in Nebraska City.

Mystery Books:

On the "Mystery" page, I have included a synopsis for each of the five full-length novels in The Whitmore House Series including: 


The Whitmore House

The Whitmore House - House Divided

The Whitmore House - Foundations

The Whitmore House - The Experience

The Whitmore House - Scream in the Night


These are "hauntingly romantic novels."  The Whitmore House is far more than a beautiful Victorian house (turned Bed & Breakfast) located in fictional Oakwood, Nebraska, it is an actively haunted house. Follow Carey through her life as she fall is love, deals with the spirit in the house, and solves one mystery after another, either about happenings in the present, or about the previous inhabitants of the house.  Much like her creator, Carey also thrives on mystery.

And now for something completely different . . . A friend challenged me with strict criteria for a story and Rhea was the awesome result.  On the mystery page, I have also included a synopsis for this futuristic romantic mystery (how's that for cross-genre?):

Charlie Chan and the Planet Rhea

Charlie Chan is back and sleuthing in the year 2129!  I've kinda missed him, haven't you? 

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