Mayhem at the Mission

A Santa Barbara Mystery Romance: Book 1

With her aunt, the Mother Superior, heading the monastery, Hannah should have no problem fulfilling her plan to become a nun. But what she finds while cleaning the private office of the new friar at Mission Santa Barbara is the first in a series of clues that gets her entangled with a Vatican art heist and a mysterious (and handsome) man named Will. 

In her debut novel, Laura Eltherington takes readers on an energetic romp through the beautiful coastal city of Santa Barbara, California. Both a love story and a historical mystery, Mayhem at the Mission is the perfect read for anyone spending a day at the beach – or who wishes they were. Click through our ever-changing gallery to follow Hannah and Will in their journey through Santa Barbara.


Also on sale locally at Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St, Santa Barbara

Laura Eltherington has over 20 years of experience as a marketing designer and brand strategist. What none of Laura’s colleagues knew was that she was as masterful of a storyteller in words as in images. And if you’d asked any of them to guess what topic their irreverent friend with Goth fashion sensibilities would write about, no one would have guessed “an aspiring nun named Hannah.” Laura, a longtime Santa Barbara resident, conceived her novel while running by the Santa Barbara Mission. Her challenge? To convince her daughter to read a single chapter of her first novel.


Upcoming! Secrets in the Surf, book 2 in our Santa Barbara Mystery series. Will Hannah abandon her commitment to Poor Clares Monastery or stay true to the Church? Locals Hannah and Will are accidentally plunged into shocking criminal activities on the beautiful Santa Barbara coast. 

Click through our Gallery to visit Santa Barbara and see where Hannah lives, works and hangs out with her friends in this mystery romance. Then we’ll take you from downtown Santa Barbara to the Funk Zone to drink beer, taste wine and explore unique restaurants.