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Pilfered Promises: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (Victorian San Francisco Mysteries) (Volume 5) Paperback – July 22, 2016
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Although presented as cozy mysteries of the Victorian era, what truly recommends this series are its presentation of history, and its feminist leaning. The history in each novel is backed up with squibs of actual newspaper accounts, at the beginning of each chapter, that substantiate the fictional account. The feminist side shows that women, in the late 1800s, in America, were starting to assert their independence. It also does not discount the way in which men responded. There is Nate Dawson who learns to curb his tongue when trying to make his point that he wants to protect Annie. Then there are men who think of women as their chattel. On the surface, these may seem like sweet little mysteries, but the underlying message is what provides the backbone.
One last thing I realized while reading the series is that the titles of the novels and short works really do sum up the stories in their clever play on words.
Again, I will urge that you start reading the Victorian San Francisco mysteries from the beginning. I say this because it is the backstory that will make you come back for more. In any mystery series, the actual mystery is often secondary to the importance of learning what happens next in the lives of the characters. Dr. Locke's characters are very human and quite varied. It is through these well-developed individuals that the history comes alive.