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.  I truly love both

History and Mystery.


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 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

The Whitmore House - Spirits


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 falls in love, deals with the spirit in the house, and solves one mystery after another in a small-town atmosphere. Much like her creator, Carey thrives on the thrill of the hunt.

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