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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Audiobook
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
Written by: 
M. Louisa Locke
Narrated by: 
Cynthia Wallace
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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Audiobook

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

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 to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns.

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 her clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought about 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.

©2009 M. Louisa Locke (P)2012 M. Louisa Locke

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    KarenB 04-26-13
    KarenB 04-26-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable story, annoying narration"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator used an extremely annoying and fake sounding voice for the main character and her attempts at accents were way short of the mark. I skipped the middle three hours of the narration because I could tolerate no more of it. I have never written a review, even though I listen to books all the time, but this one was so disappointing I felt I must.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Karen S. Garvin Maryland 05-31-13
    Karen S. Garvin Maryland 05-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing protagonist"

    I wanted to enjoy this book because the era is interesting to me. But the protagonist starts out strong and then turns to jelly as soon as a handsome man appears on the scene. Too predictable; I don't mind the romance but this was a tepid as they come.

    I was expecting the Sybil character to have a main part in the story, but she's put away after the first few chapters. I thought that aspect of the story might have been a lot stronger. Annie became annoying and I found myself not really caring what happened to her. The only character I was curious about was Nate.

    There were too many descriptions of clothing and backstory and not enough real mystery. I don't care how So-and-so got their clothing unless it relates to the mystery. The epilogue was a poor excuse at wrapping up the book. I felt like several chapters were missing and the author just got tired of writing and filled in the blanks to get it over with.

    "Sparks fly?" Not really. There's plenty of tinder here, but no logs to keep the flames burning. The story's premise is sound but it just doesn't deliver.

    I haven't listened to any other narration by Cynthia Wallace, but this annoyed me. Sorry. I thought her attempt at doing the men's voices was pretty good, although there were a few glitches where she slid from one voice into another and it should have been edited out. The women's voices were all pipsqueaky or breathy and Southern-drawly. Cynthia's own voice, when she just read the narration, would have been fine for Annie's voice. I thought the gushiness was just too over-the-top.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 02-22-13
    Simone 02-22-13
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    "Great story, but didn't like the narration"

    Living in San Francisco, I did enjoy listening to a victorian mystery that takes place in that amazing City. the story was very entertaining and it wasn't too obvious who did it. At some times, the author is trying to hard to emphasize the "independant woman" tag line.
    I only gave the performance three stars as I was very annoyed by the different voices the narrator tried to attempt. The main character, although strong and independant, has a very irritating breathy and high pitched voice. It reached a point where I almost stopped listening and switch over to the Kindle book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 10-14-12
    Anna 10-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth it!"

    I have been waiting for this series to become available on audible for a long time and it was worth the wait. A light hearted mystery series with typically modern female protagonist in a historical setting.
    The story keeps you guessing until the end and if you are a fan of the historical mystery genre this is definitely a must and I'll be waiting again for the next in the series to be released by audible (Uneasy Spirits - available now only in print).
    I would have given this 4 stars if it wasn't for the tired formula of a mystery with a Darcy/Elizabeth romance - he wants to protect her and she is torn between her love for him and her yearning for independence - (Lady Julia, Lady Emily, The Parasol Protectorate - to name a few) a tired blueprint but I can't fault the author considering it works every time.
    The narrator was good overall but not great or consistent with accents and probably wasn't given enough time to develop the main characters voice, was a bit breathy and off-pitch to be endearing - I really do think these faults are due to a lack of direction though, rather than talent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 09-28-15
    Frank 09-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story spoiled by poor narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the story is interesting, and I liked the characters, but the narrator made me stop before I finished.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the main character's attitude!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Wallace’s performances?

    Maybe. I always listed to a sample before buying, and the sample sounded wonderful. Her natural voice is rich, smooth, and melodic - a pleasure to listen to. But she struggles mightily with creating different voices for other characters. The Irish accent drifted between Spanish, German, and Vampire. I think she'd be great with more practice, or when reading a book that's written all in third person.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-22-15
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    "narrators voice too high pitched & sickly sweet "

    cute story, good character development.....did a good job with some of the mens voices ....but the ladies were annoying....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer imperial beach, ca United States 08-03-14
    Amazon Customer imperial beach, ca United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible narrator!"
    What would have made Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery better?

    The narrator ruined this book for me. I will avoid any books in the future that Cynthia Wallace narrates. The story was enjoyable once I switched to reading it from my kindle.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 02-28-14
    Lisa 02-28-14

    Lisa

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    "Yikes! Not a good narrator!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Unfortunately, the narrator ruins the story.


    Has Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Wallace’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Could you see Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly but I wouldn't know actors.


    Any additional comments?

    I previously read the book and thought it a decent story. However, I couldn't listen to the narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-03-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 07-03-13
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    "Good book HORRIBLE reader"

    I stuck with this book because the story was worth it; however, the narrator was awful. She did a terrible job when changing characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lori-Ann 10-29-12
    Lori-Ann 10-29-12
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    "really enjoyed"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I loved the time period and the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Good story...shame about the narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator had a childish whinny voice and, although she tried to change the tone per character, was dull throughout.


    What other book might you compare Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery to, and why?

    I would compare this to "The curse of the House of Foskett" as its set in the same era but back home in London and the main character is a female who solves the crime alongside her ward.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Wallace?

    I would have cast Emma Gregory as the narrator as she has a clear voice.


    Do you think Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow up book would be a good idea as the main character has two roles to play within the time of life when women were not suppose to know a lot or were not listened to. But thed narrator has to change.


    Any additional comments?

    My mistake before buying the book was not to read the reviews and not listen to the sample I just liked the overview. Wont do that again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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