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This is the website of VL McBeath, author of

The Ambition & Destiny Series


Eliza Thomson Investigates.


The Ambition & Destiny Series

The story of one family’s trials, tribulations and triumphs as they seek their fortune in Victorian-era, England.


Eliza Thomson Investigates

A series of cozy mysteries set in a small English village at the beginning of the 20th century.

If you like murder mysteries and historical heroines with attitude, you’ll love this step-back-in-time series.


Victorian-Era England

The remaining content on this website predominantly reflects the research supporting key elements of The Ambition & Destiny storyline.

The 70 years covered in the series were a time of rapid change and thanks to the Industrial Revolution. It saw the country evolve from a largely rural environment to an urban, industrialised one. It also gave men the opportunity to rise from their working-class origins to join the ranks of the middle-classes.

Use the menu bar above to discover more about the lives of the Victorians.