Petticoat Katie Stories

Behold the world of Petticoat Katie and Sledgehammer Girl!

In a parallel universe, this is how 1908 would look – eccentric inventors, militant Suffragettes, cute little airships zipping across England and a hundred monkeys jammed into an office in Piccadilly typing Penny Dreadfuls by the dozen.

Petticoat Katie, outrageous flirt and hopeless with numbers, fumbles her way through romantic entanglements and dodgy adventures like a poodle with a hangover looking for its next biscuit.

Sledgehammer Girl – substantial, imposing, blunt as a rubber mallet – prefers gadgets over people and takes no nonsense from either, especially when they get between her and a decent cup of tea.

Together, the two housemates and their equally-loveable friends face the perils of outrageous fortune-tellers, midnight gardeners, flamboyant performers in the Cabinet of Curiosities, exploding bicycles, the most potent peppermint creams in London and the Wickedest Man In The World.

Silly steampunk at its finest!


Writing as Vita Tugwell:

MAIDEN FLIGHT – The First Petticoat Katie Novel

Maiden Flight by Vita Tugwell - Cover

All Petticoat Katie wanted was a quiet night with a trashy novelette. But one chance encounter over a stolen eclair with the villainous Ditto Sloth and boom! - she's the boss of London's largest pulp-fiction factory.

And her unusual workers are one banana short of a General Strike.

Then there’s the missing airship plans, the stolen ghost of Anne Boleyn, whistling soap and the Wickedest Man In The World.

Available on Amazon (USA), Amazon (UK), Smashwords, Kobo & in paperback from Lulu.


BOOM TOWN – The Second Petticoat Katie Novel

Boom Town by Vita Tugwell - Cover Image

Petticoat Katie has just about got the hang of keeping eighty-eight monkeys fed, watered and typing trashy novelettes in Piccadilly.

Then her on-off paramour disappears from the Cabinet of Curiosities leaving a cryptic telegram and a frustrating gap in her affections.

Soon she’s mixing with occultists in Pimlico and Suffragettes in Mayfair while her housemates go head-to-head in a competition to invent the folding bicycle without, hopefully, blowing up the neighbourhood.

Petticoat Katie & Sledgehammer Girl return for a second hilarious helping of mayhem and peppermints in a non-stop caper bursting with outrageous characters, unlikely inventions and a surprising number of exploding lawns.

Available on Amazon (USA), Amazon (UK), Smashwords, Kobo & in paperback from Lulu.


MONKEY BUSINESS – The Third Petticoat Katie Novel

Monkey Business Ebook Cover

Life with a hundred monkeys and two rival inventors can be tiring, so Petticoat Katie heads to Italy for a short holiday with the dashing Scipio Jones.

Chaos, of course, fills in the gaps.

When she returns, half her monkeys have a bun in the oven and Sledgehammer Girl’s taken up acoustics.

Next thing she knows, Katie’s faced with eviction and the prospect of printing Mr Stirrup’s salacious memoirs, the hottest property since the nefarious under-the-counter Chilli Chocolate at Fitzgerald’s Fine Sweetmeats.

The third uproarious novel in the Petticoat Katie & Sledgehammer Girl series of silly steampunk adventures, featuring yet more crazy inventions, off-the-wall characters and impossible situations.

Available on Amazon (USA), Amazon (UK), Smashwords, Kobo & in paperback from Lulu.


PETTICOAT SHORTS: Volume One

Vita Tugwell - Petticoat Shorts

Five short stories where Petticoat Katie and Sledgehammer Girl had their early adventures. Fortean investigations and strange weather abound. And the monkeys. Oh yes, the monkeys…

Available on Amazon (USA), Amazon (UK), Smashwords, Kobo & in paperback.

PETTICOAT SHORTS: Volume Two

Vita Tugwell - Petticoat Shorts Volume Two (old version)

Five more short stories of Petticoat Katie and Sledgehammer Girl, this time with goatsuckers. Many, vicious little goatsuckers. You know you need ’em.

Available on Amazon (USA), Amazon (UK), Smashwords, Kobo & in paperback. 2020 Edit: this one really needs a new cover…


INDIVIDUAL SHORT STORIES in ebook and paperback

The MISSING MERMAID

The NESSIE COLLECTOR

The LIGHTS OVER CROMER

The VOICES OF ROLLRIGHT

The WEATHER THIEF

INDIVIDUAL SHORT STORIES only available as ebooks

The MONKEYS OF DITTO SLOTH

The CHRISTMAS CHUPACABRAS

The GIGGLE GUN

The MAMMOTH HUNTERS

The DEVIL’S PORTER


The Petticoat Katie Trilogy

All three novels in one volume!

Available on Kobo & Lulu in ebook format only (it’s too big for a paperback, really). Amazon & Nook & Smashwords to follow later in 2022.

Work on hold 2022:

The fourth Petticoat Katie novel – one of our goatsuckers is missing…