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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Book 1, The Victorian San Francisco Mysteries

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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.

Customer Reviews

Maids of Misfortune

I found the book to quite suspenseful and engaging as the writer draws you into the mystery as to who the murderer(s) might be. I also enjoyed the way the characters were developed and each held his or her own secrets. The elaborate use of languages was exciting and helped to keep the book true to the historical time period.


I started to stop reading when I found the main character playing dress-up as a clairvoyant- I don't believe in such hooey- I gave the obligatory eye roll and then realized this was the only book left in my library that I hadn't read. I was stuck with it so I kept reading
I'm certainly glad I did. I found it quite entertaining and well written. (And, hallelujah- it was not plagued with poor grammar and a million spelling errors) I liked the main character a lot - she's brave and smart and kind. The other characters were well rounded out and interesting. Best part of all is that I didn't have the mystery figured out by page five! Ms. Locke knows how to twist and turn a story well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to more of her work.

Very well written!

I truly enjoyed Maids of Misfortune. Both the storyline and the characters were well-developed. I look forward to reading Ms. Locke's other writings.

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Dec 06, 2014
  • Publisher: M. Louisa Locke
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 442 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Victorian San Francisco Mysteries
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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