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Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Paperback – October 10, 2011
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"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
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As Louisa Locke, she has written Between Mountain and Sea, a novel in the open source science fiction world of the Paradisi Chronicles. To learn more about her historical mysteries or the new science fiction series go to http://mlouisalocke.com/. If you wish to be notified of new publications subscribe to her newsletter or click the yellow FOLLOW button under her photograph on her Author Page.
Dr. Locke is an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, and a founder of the Paradisi Chronicles. For those of you who have read her work, Locke would love to hear from you at email@example.com.
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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.Read more ›
The writing is quite good. The proofreading is also pretty good, and there weren't many errors. The setting is interesting, and the concept is both original and informative, as I had no idea that Spiritualism was so rampant in the late 1800's. The chapter headings are all snippets from the leading San Francisco newspapers from the time period of the book, and I thought that was a clever way to show the relevance of the book's subject matter. The characters and characterizations were fine.
As stated, things started off fine. Annie begins investigating the Framptons, a husband and wife mesmerist/clairvoyant team who hold seances, because she believes they are using their business to take advantage of people. She attends seances, and at first it's all interesting enough. But then she just keeps going to the seances, picking up almost no new information, getting almost nowhere with her romantic interest. I knew I was in trouble when I figured I was at about the 65% mark and looked down to discover I was only at the 43% mark.
At that point it began to feel like slogging, and I had to keep forcing myself back to the book by convincing myself that surely something was finally about to happen. And things did happen here and there, but afterward the pace would settle right back down to nothing.
Part of the reason for the slow pace is obviously due to the author's tendency for giving too much information on minor characters.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy the author's writing style and the use of a strong female lead in a Victorian setting. Overall, I really like this series and the characters are lovely.Published 1 day ago by j. martin
It was a very good story line. I found it interesting the interweaving of the story and events which, I assume, occurred in San Francisco during that era. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kathy Wiesneski
I FELT THE STORY DRUG IN SIOME PLACES DUE TO THOUGHTS BEING REPEATED TOO MANY TIMES. I did enjoy the story.Published 3 days ago by John F. Davison
I am now hooked on reading these fun books! The characters are likeable and the stories are mysterious to the end!Published 5 days ago by Joyce
A quirky historical mystery with supernatural and romantic elements. Not as engrossing as the first book, but I still found it entertaining.Published 5 days ago by MagicOne
A light mystery with a good feel for San Francisco. It kept me wanting to read more!Published 6 days ago by Evelyn DeFelice