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Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery [Kindle Edition]

M. Louisa Locke
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)

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In this sequel to Maids of Misfortune, it is the fall of 1879 and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, has a problem. Despite her growing financial success as the clairvoyant Madam Sibyl, Annie doesn't believe in the astrology and palmistry her clients think are the basis for her advice. 
 
Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels. 
 
Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.
 
In Uneasy Spirits, this cozy historical mystery of romantic suspense, Annie delves into the intriguing world of 19th century spiritualism, encountering true believers and naïve dupes, clever frauds and unexplained supernatural phenomena. She will soon find there are as many secrets as there are spirits swirling around the Frampton séance table. Some of those secrets will threaten the foundation of her career as Madam Sibyl and the future of her relationship with Nate Dawson, and, in time, they will threaten her very life itself. 
 
Uneasy Spirits is the second book in M. Louisa Locke's Victorian historical mystery series, followed by Bloody Lessons. There are currently three short stories based on the characters from the novels, Dandy Detects, The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage, and Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong.


Editorial Reviews

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"This is a skillfully crafted mystery with wonderful recurring characters who are the kind of people that live with the reader long after the book is finished" -- RP Dahlke, author of A Dangerous Harbor 
"The resolution was suspenseful and harrowing. This cozy has great characters, interesting plot, period detail, and suspense sprinkled with romance for a great mystery. If you like the Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson, you will most likely enjoy this series." -- Ariel Heart, Mystery and My Musings

About the Author

M. Louisa Locke is a retired professor of U.S. and Women's History, who has embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. The first two published books in her series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco, Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits, feature Annie Fuller, a boardinghouse owner and clairvoyant, and Nate Dawson, a San Francisco lawyer, who together investigate murders and other crimes, while her short stories, Dandy Detects and The Miss Moffets Mend a Marriage, give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries. Locke is a frequent contributor to Publetariat, an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, and a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative. Dr. Locke is currently living in San Diego, where she is working on Bloody Lessons, the next full-length installment of her Annie Fuller/Nate Dawson series. For more about M. Louisa Locke and her work, see mlouisalocke.com/ or follow her on twitter and facebook.

Product Details

  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466373547
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: M. Louisa Locke (October 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U570I0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better! October 18, 2011
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This is Ms. Locke's delightful sequel to Maids of Misfortune, and the second in the Annie Fuller historical mystery series. Set in the late 1800's in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco, California, I felt like I was there, walking these streets as they were a hundred years ago.
By day, Annie Fuller makes her living as the proprietor of a respectable and well established boarding house, but at night, she becomes Madame Sybil, fortune teller. Annie may have been brought up studying finance at her father's knee, but this is the only way any grown man in the 1800's will accept the financial advice from a twenty-six year old woman, much less pay for the privilege. And, Annie, has finally found someone who isn't like her dead husband in the attractive young lawyer, Nate Dawson whose awkwardness around Annie, is both touching and charming.
The story opens with the scene in which we witness the murder of an elderly woman, and in a totally separate venue, we're introduced to a very strange young girl. The two incidents, we later learn, are intricately woven together and the result will culminate in a surprise ending.
Annie gets involved when one of her boarders, Miss Pinehurst, fearing for her sister's sanity, begs Annie to help her prove that the clairvoyants her sister insists upon paying, are fake. Stepping into the world of Simon and Arabella Frampton, Annie is sure that Miss Pinehurst is right and determines to expose them... until she meets with Evie May, the odd child we saw in the beginning.
Evie May is a chameleon, a child whose different personas are used by the unscrupulous Simon and Arabella Frampton as a way of making lots of money.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Reading October 17, 2011
By V.V.
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Locke's use of dialogue is excellent. I hate getting to the end of her books. It feels like I am moving away from friends. I think is perfect reading on a rainy day while sipping a warm cup of tea. Although, I must admit I read it on hot summer afternoon.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is the second book in the Victorian San Francisco series, but it was the first on that I read. I had no trouble reading it without having read the first one without it spoiling the earlier mystery though it does take up with the inter-character relationships where it left off.

There is a prologue and little flash away bits at the end of each chapter that are seemingly detached from the main story line, but they do eventually make sense when it all ties together. The prologue tells us about a murder from the victim's perspective.

The main part of the story opens with business as usual for the widowed boarding house owner Annie Fuller. Her husband's death left her destitute so she has turned a home inherited from her uncle and aunt into a boarding house. This does not quite pay the expenses so she tried using her good head for business to become a financial adviser, but that failed because in Victorian times nobody took a woman seriously when it came to that sort of thing. So this forced her to get creative and offer the same advice in disguise as a palm reader and maker of horoscopes. She does not believe in the clairvoyant, but if that's what it takes to give the advice and get paid for it then so be it. It is because of this very knowledge that one of her boarders seeks her out with a family dilemma. Miss Pinehurst's sister is in the snares of an unscrupulous pair who hold seances and the sister Mrs. Veck believes she is now communicating with her lost child. Annie agrees to participate in de-bunking the Framptons by attending their seances.

Meanwhile, Nate Dawson, Annie's lawyer clerk friend and love interest is just returning to town after helping with round up on the family ranch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet! March 4, 2012
By JustMe
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This is a lovely book, and I found it even more interesting than the first two, what with the paranormal twist. As with her other books, this one takes you back in time, and those who know San Francisco can really feel what it was like back then. These are the kind of books that just make you feel good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! March 30, 2012
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Love this book as a follow-up to Maids of Misfortune! Very exciting right from the beginning with detailed descriptions of San Fran and it's surrounding areas allowing the reader to feel like they are in the story. Wonderful plot and looking forward to the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed it March 6, 2012
By G. Cox
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This is the 3rd work I've read by M. Louisa Locke, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the overall plot better in this book than the previous two. I didn't think the ending was as strong as in _Maids_, but I thought I saw the writer's style maturing and settling down, and the events and human reactions were believable throughout. There were not nearly as many typos as in the previous works, which I greatly appreciate.

One aspect that intrigued me was the attitude toward spiritualism that was reflected in the book. From what little reading I've done of the period, there was a great curiosity about the supernatural at that time. Some of the book's characters are true believers, some believe it is all perpetrated by con artists on the gullible, but Annie, our main character, wonders if there might be at least some basis to the beliefs. That doesn't make up the main plot of the book, but I was interested in the way various characters react to the question.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Suspenseful.....
I liked it, suspenseful to the end. Love how it all unraveled. Quite a traumatic end with the house on fire and our heroin Anne Fuller. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Della E. Fordham
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
It was interesting to read about the people that tried to cheat people out of their money by playing on their emotions....and possibly contacting loved ones who have passed. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by BLedgerSmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned read
Enjoyed the characters, the story, as well as the writing. Reading as I do, this was a little light reading for enjoyment only. Loved it!
Published 2 days ago by Mary Ellen Miscavage
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneasy Spirits
Felt it was well written. Moved right along. The story was laid out in such a way that you are able to follow what's happening. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dottie Endicott
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better.
This is an interesting tale, with apparently accurate historical and geographic references to 19th-century life. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MRB
4.0 out of 5 stars LIFE IN VICTORIAN ERA
I have a problem with the books (this is the second one I have read in the series). I guess I'm too "modern" (even though I'm OLD). Read more
Published 8 days ago by DOLORES A. MAHLER
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystery
Uneasy Spirits captures a taste of the times in San Francisco when smart women weren't to work in the jobs assigned to smart men, and people sought solace from mediums who... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Karann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Anyone interested in the supernatural should read this book. A great who done it. Held my interest through out. Brought the time of the story to life.
Published 15 days ago by Carol J Donahue
5.0 out of 5 stars suspensful
The story is placed in early San Francisco. Anne Fuller is the lead in the book and she has a boarding house. However she can not make ends meet. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars uneasy spirits
found this book very interesting about fraudulent mediums and murder I would recommend this book to all who likes the mysteries
Published 20 days ago by art black
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More About the Author

M. Louisa Locke is a retired professor of U.S. and Women's History, who has embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. The published books in her series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco, Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, feature Annie Fuller, a boardinghouse owner and clairvoyant, and Nate Dawson, a San Francisco lawyer, who together investigate murders and other crimes.

Her short stories, Dandy Detects and The Miss Moffets Mend a Marriage, give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries. For those of you who have read her work, Locke would love to hear from you at mlouisalocke@gmail.com, and she would really appreciate it if you would spend a few minutes writing a review on Amazon.com.

Dr. Locke is an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, and a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, and she is currently living in San Diego with her husband and assorted animals and working on the next installment of her series. For more about M. Louisa Locke and her work, see http://mlouisalocke.com/ or follow her on twitter, facebook, and pinterest.

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