Karen J Carlisle writes steampunk, fantasy and Victorian mysteries.


The Department of Curiosities series:

This is the second series of books set in Karen J Carlisle’s Victorian steampunk world. Set in early to mid 1880s.  DOC is a steampunk adventure series.
A steampunk tale of adventure, a heroine, mad scientists, traitors and secrets. All for the good of the Empire.

  • The Department of Curiosities. (2019)

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Fantasy/Cosy paranormal/fantasy mysteries

The Aunt Enid Mysteries: 

Meet Aunt Enid, your average seventy-something year old. She loves to cook, is a regular at bingo and spends hours in her garden, talking to her army of garden gnomes and fussing over the colour of her hydrangeas…
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Aunt Enid: Protector Extraordinaire (2018)

  • Book #1 of the fantasy mystery series, The Aunt Enid Mysteries.
  • A Fey Tale (due early 2021)


Victorian Steampunk Mysteries

The Adventures of Viola Stewart series: 

doctor-jack-other-tales1-option-3-lighter-patch-retitled-center-author_-blackbgsmallThe Adventures of Viola Stewart follow our heroine, Viola – a widowed optician with a penchant for detectiving – and her friend, Doctor Henry Collins, as they chase secret societies and uncover nefarious plots.

This Victorian mystery series is set in the late 1880s and is steampunk with a darker, gaslamp flavour

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Available in paperback compilations

  • Doctor Jack & Other Tales (2015)
  • Eye of the Beholder & Other Tales (2016)
  • The Illusioneer & Other Tales. (2017)

Also available as separate eBooks.
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Stand alone books

Short Story Collections:

  • With a Twist of the Nib (2017)
    (ebook only: A collection of ten speculative flash fiction and short stories. )
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From the super short and snappy to some longer stories that have me keen to read the novels to come. Aunt Enid sounds like heaps of fun!” – Narrelle M Harris, author (Goodreads review).

  • Quarantine Reads (2020)
    (eBook only:  Quarantine Reads contains seven short stories of a lighter note, to inspire and transport you beyond four walls.)
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  • Another Twist of the Nib (2020)
    (eBook only:

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“well written and compelling  There is a lot of breadth in these tales, something creepy for everyone. if you read these late at night, then make sure your doors and soundly locked and you have a functional night light – just saying!”  – S Rehorek (full review at Amazon)



Print books available from:
  Barnes & NobleBooktopiaFishpondAngus & Robertson/ Bookworld,
and Dymocks Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
Or ask your local bookstore to order in your copy.

eBooks available from:
     KoboBarnes & Noble

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