neal graffy


More than anything, A Murder at the Potter Hotel is about a time and place - Santa Barbara, California in 1908. That year saw the arrival of the Great White Fleet, having been selected as one stop on the global mission of good will. 

Joining the community in city-wide celebration, piano teacher Leontine Birabent, her young friend Patrick and Daisy, her tenant, are unwittingly drawn into a web of corporate crime and military deception that ends with someone dead. Though far from detectives, the three are, nevertheless, in the best position to determine who might be responsible – hopefully before the ships sail on.



152 pages with map and photos, softcover




The Great Santa Barbara Earthquake - the Disaster That Built a City

Coming a Little Later!

History Under Your Nose

It may look like Santa Barbara’s red-tiled roofs and white stucco walls and buildings have been here forever... but who knows what secrets lurk beneath those facades? Santa Barbara historian Neal Graffy does! And through the images and text of Santa Barbara Then and Now, layers of time are peeled back to reveal an earlier Santa Barbara of many different designs and uses.
This is the only book that dares to pose the question "Has every building in Santa Barbara been a restaurant at least once?"


Santa Barbara Then and Now
is 160 pages in full color.

SoftCover Edition $19.95

In 1851 the Town Council of Santa Barbara appointed a committee to apply names to the fifty-two new streets being created from “the front of the Mission Gardens to the sea and from hill to hill on each side” as a result of the survey of  Salisbury Haley. 

Unlike other towns whose streets bore the unimaginative A - Z, numbers, trees or names of presidents, they gave names to our streets that portrayed the geography and botany of our town, honored the Chumash, early settlers, governors, and showed a distinct sense of humor and in some cases, delightful sarcasm. 

Street Names of Santa Barbara
52 pages $9.95

Historic Santa Barbara is a coffee table size book written for the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. It’s chock full of photos and text covering the history of Santa Barbara from the original inhabitants, the Chumash Indians, all the way up through the devastating Jesusita fire of 2009. The second half of the book profiles a number of Santa Barbara businesses, churches and non-profits.




Historic Santa Barbara
208 pages. $49.95