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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

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M. Louisa Locke, a retired professor of U.S. and Women’s History, has embarked on a second career as an author of historical fiction. Based on Dr. Locke's doctoral research, her Victorian San Francisco mystery series includes Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons, top selling books in the historical and cozy mystery categories, and short stories, Dandy Detects, and The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage, which feature characters from the novels. Locke is currently living in San Diego with her husband, a dog and two cats, and the third book in the series, Bloody Lessons.

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Product Details

  • Series: Victorian San Francisco
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466373547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466373549
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M. Louisa Locke, a retired professor of U.S. and Women's History, has embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. Her Victorian San Francisco Mystery series 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 give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries.

As Louisa Locke, she has recently started writing as part of the open source science fiction world of the Paradisi Chronicles and Between Mountain and Sea, the first book in the Caelestis series, and Butler's Brother, a short story she has written with Ashley Angelly, are now available on pre-order. 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 mlouisalocke@gmail.com.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By RP Dahlke on 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By V.V. on October 17, 2011
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Rose on May 16, 2012
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JustMe on March 4, 2012
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Cox on March 6, 2012
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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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