Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco MysteryM. Louisa Locke

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery by M. Louisa Locke Book Summary

First book in the USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco Mystery series.

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 possesses 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 his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson wrestles with a difficult decision. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to prove 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, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy, gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco. 

Maids of Misfortune is the first book in M. Louisa Locke's USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, followed by Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, Deadly Proof, Pilfered Promises, Scholarly Pursuits, Lethal Remedies and Entangled Threads.. Locke's shorter works, collected in Victorian San Francisco Stories: Vols 1 and 2, and Victorian San Francisco Novellas, feature beloved minor characters from the series. There are also two boxed sets of the novels, Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 and Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 5-7.

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (M. Louisa Locke) Book Reviews

Maids of MisfortuneGreat plot lines. Empowering, gives women a sense of pride. Both plot line completions were exciting..Score: 4/5

InterestingIn an era of underestimating the intelligence and business acumen of women, the protagonist finds a clever way to dispense her wise advice, but gets caught up in a murder mystery..Score: 4/5

Great book!I was looking for a free book to download to pass some time. I very much enjoyed this story and will soon begin reading the next book in the series!.Score: 5/5

Maids of MisfortuneI 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..Score: 5/5

Maids of MisfortuneI was truly impressed with this Victorian Mystery. It opened my eyes to life in San Francisco in the 1800s. Belonging to one class was quite an educational experience. Women were only supposed to perform certain tasks. But the main character uses this opportunity to find the culprit and bring him to justice..Score: 5/5

Loved it!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!!.Score: 5/5

A fine, clever bookThis is a very fine, clever book. Except for ignoring the fact that no one on a warm San Francisco August morning would expect anything except a cool windy afternoon, the author did an excellent job with the facts of Victorian San Francisco..Score: 5/5

Actually...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..Score: 4/5

Maids of misfortuneInteresting plot with realistic characters. Thanks, g.Score: 4/5

Excellent!!!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!.Score: 5/5

Great Story and CharactersFirst 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. :)...Score: 5/5

Step Back in TimeCaught up in the characters as they solve the mystery, the era and setting of the story unfold for the reader with just the right amount of detail to bring realism to it without slowing the pace. The author does an excellent job of giving the reader a feel for San Francisco in the late 1800's, especially for a young, single woman with good business sense at a time her opportunities were limited but her spirit was undaunted..Score: 5/5

ReviewCaptured me when I got to the double life and could not put it down until I found out who the real muder was.Score: 5/5

Loved itGreat writing, wonderful story and characters. Recommend highly!.Score: 5/5

Maids of MisfortuneEngrossing and fast paced story. Rapid pace held my interest. I found the aliases confusing at times. I liked the female main character and her willful personality. I enjoyed her feminist perspective. And the depiction of women at the turn of the 20th century. I’d like to read more my this author..Score: 3/5

Everything was good, except...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..Score: 4/5

Maids of misfortuneSuch a delightful and suspenseful book at the same time!!! Cannot wait to read more!!!!.Score: 5/5

Maids of misfortuneI loved the spunky heroine of the story Annie’s adaptability is great wonderful twists and turns.Score: 5/5

Maids of MisfortuneA great story of a young single woman in nineteenth century San Francisco, and murder. Couldn't wait to read the next one!.Score: 5/5

Maids of MisfortuneI really enjoyed this book. There aren't a lot of stories involving independently acting, smart, outspoken and strong willed women of the late 1800's. The heroine of this story is all of these and is very likable. The book is entertaining and provides insight into the period, how women were perceived and choices made about how to be in that world. Well done..Score: 3/5

Maids of MisfortuneSuch a great story!!! Great mystery..Score: 5/5

Great Book!!!I love reading books where the lead character is female & think book is one of the best!! A strong woman, standing on her own, in the Victorian Age. Great idea!!.Score: 5/5

Aids of missfortuneI truly enjoyed this book! I thought it was a little longer than it needed to be. I also loved that it was a stand a lone. History, mystery, and romance! My favorite ingredients for a good read. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Maid of MisfortuneEnjoyed the book. Easy reading..Score: 4/5

Well planned and executedThis novel is packed full of many delightful characters, a strong storyline and is evenly paced. There is appropriate humor, heart warming respect and prolonged mild suspense. A feel good novel. A cosy to wile away a weekend. Bought the series based on this first book..Score: 5/5

Maids of MisfortuneJust 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..Score: 4/5

Maids of MisfortuneThoroughly enjoyed this book! Endearing characters and an engaging storyline with the beautiful city of San Fransisco as the backdrop - what more does one need? I look forward to reading more of this series from M. Louisa Locke!.Score: 4/5

Great start to a seriesThe characters were well established leaving me with a desire to continue following their life journey through the rest of the series. Enjoyed the book!.Score: 5/5

Maids of misfortuneExcellent 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..Score: 5/5

Interesting bookHistorical novel that sheds light on how much things have changed in society. Good read..Score: 5/5

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..Score: 4/5

Unfortunately MaidsShows 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?.Score: 4/5

Maids of Misfortune : A San Francisco Victorian Era Murder MysteryOkay so start popping the hot popcorn. Get comfy and in a nice soft place so you can spend glorious hours reading the twists and turns injected into this fabulous read. You will love the characters and especially the setting if you love period novels. KSW.Score: 5/5

Good FunEnjoyed this book. Kept me interested throughout. Good story and lots of interesting 'scenery' and period specific detail..Score: 4/5

Maids of MisfortuneMildly interesting.Score: 3/5

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Interesting charactersEnjoyable. Excellent characters. Interesting story!.Score: 4/5

A fun read, especially for free!Nice to hear about my favourite city way back when. The whodunit kept you guessing almost to the end. Fun..Score: 3/5

Maids of misfortuneEnjoyed it. Liked the lead character..Score: 3/5

Maids of MisfortuneVery compelling story and interesting characters. A pleasure to read..Score: 4/5

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A great holiday readI really enjoyed reading about this feisty independent woman doing things her way in the repressed late 19th Century. There was suspense, humour and good old fashioned values! Can't wait to get the next one Sarah - South Australia.Score: 4/5

Maids of misfortuneGreat cosy mystery, plunges you into 19th century, and keeps in suspense..Score: 5/5

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