The Mangle (Sage Adair Historical Mysteries of the Pacific Northwest #6)

A Sage Adair Historical Mystery

by S. L. Stoner

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In this sixth book of the series, Sage’s mother Mae goes undercover as a steam laundry worker alongside women working six-day weeks, ten-hour days. Exhausted and ill they implore the laundry owners to institute nine-hour workdays. The insertion of white slavers, arsonists, and kidnappers into the ensuing labor dispute leaves Sage facing a nearly unsurmountable problem when two women disappear. Even as Sage, Mae and their colorful associates hunt for the missing women, they continue helping the laundry workers win relief.

Like the series’ previous books, The Mangle is a story built around the true-life actions of ordinary people at the beginning of the twentieth century. This time the focus is on the progressive women who were tackling a number of social injustices: wage inequality, prostitution, social diseases, and poverty. As the historical notes at story’s end reveal, these women’s efforts changed history–for the entire country.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: No profanity or censor words
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Adult only (erotic)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Oregon
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Urban (city)
Time Period: 1900 - 1949

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian European
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Politically or Socially Motivated
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Story includes metaphors for social or political theme(s)
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Mystery
Mysteries & Puzzles:
  • Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
  • Thought-provoking puzzles tangentially related to story
  • Puzzles or clues that reader could use to solve mystery(ies) of story


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About the author

S. L. Stoner

Susan Stoner, writing as S.L. Stoner, is a native Oregonian who works full time as a labor union lawyer. Like that of her series hero, Sage Adair, Stoner's life has tended toward the adventurous. She's worked in skid road bars, Las Vegas casinos, free clinics and as a prisoners' advocate, psychology center videographer and federal judge's intern. Besides living in Portland, Oregon, Susan has also lived in a forest lean-to, a Sikh home in Singapore, alongside an alligator-infested Louisiana bayou, inside a sweltering Las Vegas tent, in a camper atop a '65 International pick-up truck as well as in a variety of more traditional Houston, Texas, abodes. She was a participant in Portland's original neighborhood movement and has since been involved in citizen activism, like filing and winning a lawsuit to preserve Portland's soon-to-be destroyed historical open reservoirs (one of those "win the battle, lose the war" experiences). She lives with her husband and two dogs in Southeast Portland when they are not traveling or hanging out in the great Cascade range forests. One of her passions is historical research, particularly that involving original source material. She is currently working on the seventh book in the Sage Adair Historical Mystery series.

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