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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Paperback – December 3, 2009
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When I finished this book I immediately missed Annie (a liberated woman ahead of her time!) and the other characters, showing just how well they had been brought to life and made, dare I say...memorable. The mystery was well plotted so I went down the wrong path along with the police at first. The setting of Victorian San Francisco and period details are rich and layered, easily woven in the overall story from the attitudes towards Chinese and class divisions to the strict propriety rules restricting women. The journey back in time seemed so complete I felt jarred if pulled back into the modern world when my reading was interrupted.
The climax and revealing of the murderer was tense and an edge-of-your-seat ordeal where Annie is in very real danger. The ending was satisfying and I put the book down smiling at the wrap-up.
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M. Louisa Locke has a Ph.D. in history, and her research is meticulous. However, she never lets it stand in the way of her story-telling, and, in fact, her deep knowledge of the past enriches the story and makes it more credible even as it overturns your pre-conceptions of the nineteenth century.
Very highly recommended and I look forward to her next book when it becomes available.
One of the fortuneteller's favorite customers dies unexpectedly in his home. The police are sure it was suicide, but our main character is convinced it was murder. So far this is a pretty standard murder mystery situation.
Unfortunately, what the author does with the situation doesn't manage to make it more than run-of-the-mill. I wanted to like the book more than I in fact did, since the author obviously lavished loving care on period details such as descriptions of furnishings and servants' activities. Plus, for anyone who might not realize that there were smart and capable women even way back then, she champions women's rights at every opportunity. But period details and women's rights do not make an involving murder mystery, unfortunately.
Another problem is that the author runs into some difficulties when she attempts to write conversations in the style of English that people in San Francisco would have used more than a century ago. The occasional modern phrase slips in, and there are some strange typos when she tries to use old-fashioned words ("straightened circumstances" instead of "straitened"). All of this kept me from feeling that I was there, experiencing the story along with the characters.Read more ›
At twenty-six, Annie is a widow without family to protect her. Since her husband squandered his money and her inheritance before he committed suicide five years earlier, the San Francisco home she inherited from her aunt and converted to a boarding house is the only thing that saved her from being forever dependent on her dead husband's family, who blamed her for his suicide. Annie inherited the house after she settled her late husband's debts. However, one of her husband's creditors believes he can intimidate her and rob her of a successful business, as well as her independence.
If all of this isn't strange enough, Annie does the unthinkable for a woman in 1879. She decides to go undercover, as a maid named Lizzie, and find out what happened. In the process, she finds herself falling in love with her dead client's attorney, Nate Dawson. As Annie and Nate chase criminals, Nate finds himself strongly attracted to Annie and thoroughly confused by her intelligence, independence, and sometimes-unladylike behavior. He soon learns that Annie is also versed in finance and the stock market, thanks to her father, and that she knows a great deal about her client's financial affairs.Read more ›
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I found this book incredibly boring. Not sure if I wasn't too generous giving it two stars. Will not be continuing with this series.Published 16 hours ago by PFOR
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery is by M. Louisa Locke. It is well written and the characters are represented realistically as they might be in the Victorian... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by P. Blevins
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