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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery: Victorian San Francisco Mystery, #1

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3/5 (110 ratings)
Length:
385 pages
6 hours
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Released:
Dec 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781502284952
Format:
Book

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First book in the USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco Mystery series.

It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

Annie Fuller also possesses a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl's clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson wrestles with a difficult decision. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to prove that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy, gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco. 

Maids of Misfortuneis the first book in M. Louisa Locke's USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, followed by Uneasy SpiritsBloody LessonsDeadly Proof,and Pilfered Promises. Locke's shorter works, found in Victorian San Francisco Storie sand Victorian San Francisco Novellas, feature minor characters from the series.

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Released:
Dec 6, 2014
ISBN:
9781502284952
Format:
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  • (3/5)
    Light reading of the cosy sort. It made for a quick read while travelling. Characters were interesting enough that I'd read another in the series should one come my way.Nice to see San Francisco in its olden, golden days. I did employ some willing suspension of disbelief, but, on the whole, liked the book. It's been several weeks since I read it, so a plot summary would be crap. Let's just leave it as "I liked it."
  • (5/5)
    I actually read this book (#1) after I read the second book. I did not feel lost or cheated by that. I knew tidbits about this one that were scattered in #2, but not enough to spoil it in any way.
    I give the author credit for doing a great job making them all stand alone novels. I love Annie's character as the fake medium stumbling into one mystery or another. Being a historian, whose favorite period this is, and being a mystery to boot, how could I ask for more! I have read all she has written and look forward to the release of the next one.
  • (3/5)
    Kind of a Victoria Era chic lit. With a little murder and mystery thrown into romance. Enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    This was a historical cozy mystery set in 1870’s San Francisco. The protagonist is Annie, a progressive-thinking widow who owns a boarding house and also secretly doubles as ‘Sylvia’, a psychic medium who gives domestic and business advice. One of Sylvia’s favorite clients is believed to have been driven to suicide by financial problems, but Annie knew things were actually going very well for the man and suspects foul play.

    This was actually a charming story but with a few flaws. Nate, the young lawyer and romantic interest in the story, was not very interesting and his inconsistency in manner was a source of irritation and confusion. Being as the romance between these two characters was obviously one of the sub-plots to the book, this was a fairly large drawback. Also Annie’s “investigation” while posing as a servant was fairly uninteresting, and I began to lose interest about three-quarters through the book. This book had both good and bad points, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.
  • (4/5)
    Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery - M. Louisa LockeI knew as soon as I started this book that I was going to love it and I was right. A strong female heroine set in the Victorian era with a clever mystery is a recipe for success.Annie Fuller is a widow who escaped a stifling marriage when her husband committed suicide. She moved from New York to San Francisco where she inherited a house and is now a respectable businesswoman running her own boardinghouse. Her side job as Sybil the Clairvoyant is known only to a few trusted household employees.When one of her customers dies and it is declared to be suicide, she knows better and decides to prove it. Along the way she meets a handsome lawyer, learns what it's like to be a domestic in the Victorian era and foils an old acquaintance who wants to take everything she has.The mystery is clever but not overly taxing to figure out. There is some romance but it doesn't overpower the mystery. The Victorian setting adds the perfect touches to the story. I absolutely loved the ending.This author knows what a mystery reader wants to read. I've already purchased the next book in the series and am excited to read it. I know for me this series will be like comfort food, something I'll return to again and again.
  • (2/5)
    Thought I was getting into a detective story. It turned out to be a love story more to the liking of teen age girls. Not my type of book. Very light reading. Didn't finish it.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book even though the heroine was oblivious to the danger around her. Annie runs a boarding house and acts as a medium under the guise of "Sibyl" to help with the finances. One of her clients is believed to have committed suicide but she doesn't believe and manages to get hired as a maid in his home to find clues to who could've murdered him.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. The characters were realistic and very likeable except for the baddie of course. Annie, who was raised by her father, has a lookout on life that is rather different to the norm for ladies in those days. Many twists in the plot add to the enjoyment. I will buy the next in the series.
  • (3/5)
    This Victorian San Francisco cozy murder mystery put me in a much better frame of mine. It has humor and Annie Fuller, a widow who dresses up as a clairvoyant who gives personal and business advice, becomes an amateur sleuth to find out who murdered a client who had become a friend. It appears because the murder took place behind locked doors that the murderer must be one of the household members. When a maid conveniently vacates her position the day after the murder, Annie decides to disguise herself as a maid and gets herself employed in the household. Entertaining caper.
  • (3/5)
    As a gently-bred widow in nineteenth century San Francisco, Annie Fuller struggles to be financially independent. To supplement her boarding house earnings, she also gives advice masquerading as a fortune teller. When one of her favorite clients seemingly commits suicide on the eve of his greatest triumph, only Annie is suspicious. The police won't listen to her theories, so she goes undercover as a maid in home of her late client. The family he left behind is in desperate straits, and Annie does her best to solve a murder, help each of them, and still somehow wash the linens and make the fires. She finds being a maid to be astoundingly hard work, and sleuthing not much easier. Luckily she has a handsome detective to help her...

    Short, sweet, not that objectionable and not that memorable, either.
  • (3/5)
    Cute story line. But I found the ending a little hard to believe.









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    Not that 3 women cannot overcome a man, but with a heavy carpet? I reread this passage a couple times because I was sure I missed a sentence or two that might explain the scene a little better.
  • (4/5)
    This was a solid, well written book with a pretty good plot - I guessed the bad guy about half-way through. I usually don't go for the undercover-in-disguise sort of mystery, but this one was done well enough that I didn't mind it, and it was a plausible way for our amateur detective to detect. I'll probably read the next one, but won't rush out to buy it - mainly because I think when I stared reading this book I wasn't in the mood for it, so it felt as though it dragged a bit.
  • (4/5)
    Rather a fun read, giving enough clues to draw you into playing the whodunnit game. Best characteristic of this book for me was the description of time, place and mores. While there was a bit of romance in the development, fortunately it was not the trite descriptions in many romantic mysteries. I think if the book had been shorter, the story would have had more impact; but I was reading it at a disadvantage as an ebook on my laptop, which is not the most pleasurable of reading experiences.
  • (4/5)
    Needing a reading break, I picked up this book because it was a Victorian mystery, set in San Francisco and it was discounted. I'm so glad that I picked it up! It's not overly complicated, and you probably could figure out the villain if you try, but it was a fun read with a splash of romance.

    Annie is a widow whose deceased husband took advantage of her and squandered all their money before committing suicide. Left on her own she was fortunate to inherit the house that she now rents to boarders. Determined to make it on her own and be independent she is passing herself as a clairvoyant to help supplement her income for the boarding house she is running. When one of her clients ends up dead, she works - with the help of his family's lawyers - to investigate his death.

    Overall, this was a quick, enjoyable read. I went into it looking for something light and was pleased that, while light, the story was really engaging. Loved all the characters that were introduced from the boarding house.
  • (3/5)
    This was really cute. A spunky heroine, and a leading man who's a lawyer. The mystery was okay, a few clever pieces, but I didn't really have a favorite suspect through most of the story so that dampens the reveal a little. Still, I wanted to read the next one when I was done, so it was definitely a fun read. Unfortunately, Victorian San Francisco Mystery #2 is apparently a short story of about 35 pages, which is a disappointment.
  • (5/5)
    This was a lot of fun. Of course I'm always as interested in the human factor of a story (and, yes, the romance) as I am about the technical details involved in a crime. The book is filled with an entire cast of interesting characters from the kindly Chinese valet, to the surprisingly spirited widow who pretends frailty but who is actually quite cunning. As with the best mysteries, I could not figure out whodunnit until the end, and I think a sense of unpredictability in a mystery is key. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
  • (1/5)
    This book was so poorly written, or at least written in a style that I find distasteful, that I couldn't get past the first chapter. So take this "review" for nothing more than a comment on style. I have nothing to say about the content, characters, plotting, resolution, etc.