Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery - M. Louisa Locke

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

By M. Louisa Locke

  • Release Date: 2014-12-06
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 459 Ratings)

Description

It’s the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie’s husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco’s most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl’s clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe it is suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco.

Reviews

  • Unfortunately Maids

    4
    By Severma22
    Shows that no maid, however fortunate, ever made a living wage. These women are tough cookies. Smart, inventive, and most of the upper crust women try the best they know how too take care of those around them — insert vast amounts of wit. Only 4/5 because of the gentlemen. They do need some help from their “hunks”, but when the hunk tries the same help over and over, who can blame a gal (Lady) when she blows up?
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Blanket3
    Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke was the first book I read in this series. I can honestly say that I fell in love with Annie's character right away and then with all the rest! Nate, Annie's borders and her staff were all lovely characters! Ms. Locke's description of San Francisco in the late 1800 was such a treat. I recommended the books to my sister and she enjoyed reading them as much as I did!!! I highly recommend this series!!
  • Everything was good, except...

    4
    By Ann not Annie
    I enjoyed reading this mystery. I found the story moved along and the setting and characters were interesting. The reason I gave it only 4 star was that the circumstances surrounding the murderer's actions were kind of flimsy. The coincidence with the bag, really? Would I read another one by this author, probably.
  • Review

    5
    By 09doc
    Captured me when I got to the double life and could not put it down until I found out who the real muder was
  • Maids of misfortune

    5
    By RRengaV
    Excellent and gripping book. Brought San Francisco of late 1800s in front of you. I could imagine horse carriages moving about San Francisco hills instead of cable cars. Great writing and I loved it.
  • Great Story and Characters

    5
    By wah0995
    First time reading this author. Kudos to Mrs. Locke. I think the characters are well developed and the story lines are great. I felt I was right there with Annie in this time period. I love historical-type mysteries This is a great piece of literature. I do plan to read the next book Uneasy Spirits to continue on my adventure with Annie and Mr. Dawson. :)..
  • Excellent!!!

    5
    By KWJN
    A fantastic mystery. As much as I tried, I never totally figured out the ending. The book comes alive and is a true page turner. The San Francisco Victorian history is a bonus. It is truly interesting. This is a series to read!
  • Maids of misfortune

    5
    By Leanne Angela
    Such a delightful and suspenseful book at the same time!!! Cannot wait to read more!!!!
  • Great start to a series

    5
    By Piece of fun
    The characters were well established leaving me with a desire to continue following their life journey through the rest of the series. Enjoyed the book!
  • Maids of Misfortune

    4
    By Jfstars52
    Just finished reading Maids of Misfortune and looking forward to starting Uneasy Spirits. I have always enjoyed historical books, especially those that include actual facts that represent the era they were written about. I also enjoy books with strong female characters who are intelligent and headstrong.

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