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
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.
BOOM TOWN – The Second Petticoat Katie Novel
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.
MONKEY BUSINESS – The Third Petticoat Katie Novel
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.
PETTICOAT SHORTS: Volume One
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…
PETTICOAT SHORTS: Volume Two
Five more short stories of Petticoat Katie and Sledgehammer Girl, this time with goatsuckers. Many, vicious little goatsuckers. You know you need ’em.
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!
Work on hold 2022:
The fourth Petticoat Katie novel – one of our goatsuckers is missing…