Victorian San Francisco Mysteries

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Maids of Misfortune 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 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 Misfortuneis the first book in M. Louisa Locke’s USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, followed by Uneasy SpiritsBloody LessonsDeadly Proof, Pilfered Promises, and Scholarly Pursuits. Locke’s shorter works, found in Victorian San Francisco Stories and Victorian San Francisco Novellas, feature minor characters from the series.

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  • Book 0.5

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  • Book 1

    • Maids of Misfortune

    • A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, Book 1
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 1.5

    • Dandy Detects

    • A Victorian San Francisco Story
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    In this short story it is the fall of 1879 and San Francisco swelters under a heat wave while Barbara Hewitt, a reserved school-teacher, uncovers a mystery with the help of her son's Boston Terrier, Dandy. This story is set in the gas-lit world created by Locke in her Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, which includes Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, and the short story "The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Short Story

    • By Christy M. on 03-01-14

    Regular price: $3.95

  • Book 2

    • Uneasy Spirits

    • A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 122

    Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels. Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another wonderful historical mystery

    • By EmilyK on 03-28-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2.5

    • The Misses Moffet Mend A Marriage

    • A Victorian San Francisco Story
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    This short story, set in 1879 San Francisco, features two elderly dressmakers, Miss Minnie and Miss Millie Moffet, who face a moral dilemma of no small dimensions. They turn for advice to Annie Fuller, a widowed boardinghouse owner who supplements her income as a clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tisk, Tisk, What's an old Maid to do?

    • By wookie's mom on 04-23-17

    Regular price: $3.95

  • Book 3

    • Bloody Lessons

    • A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, Book 3
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    In Bloody Lessons, it's the winter of 1880, and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters. Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called in to investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau. The case becomes personal when they discover that Laura, Nate's sister, may be one of the teachers targeted for attack.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another great book!

    • By Butterfly Nurse on 04-18-17

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  • Book 3.5

    • Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong

    • A Victorian San Francisco Story
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Annie Fuller, a young boardinghouse housekeeper and reluctant clairvoyant, met the kind, older Chinese servant Mr. Wong during her investigations into a mysterious death in Maids of Misfortune, the first book in Locke's Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. In "Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong", Annie Fuller once again turns to Mr. Wong for help in solving a puzzle that could have life or death consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Winner in this Series

    • By Christy M. on 07-02-14

    Regular price: $3.95

  • Book 4

    • Deadly Proof

    • A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, Book 4
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    It's the summer of 1880, and once again the lovely and inquisitive businesswoman Annie Fuller is helping San Francisco lawyer and beau Nate Dawson with a troublesome case. Nate's client, a female typesetter accused of murdering her boss, refuses to help in her own defense. Complicating matters, Nate's sister, Laura, insists on getting involved in the potentially dangerous investigation, while Laura's friend, Seth Timmons, troubled Civil War veteran, finds himself a witness for the prosecution. Will Nate be able to win his first big case?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous series!

    • By Smile on 04-02-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4.5

    • Violet Vanquishes a Villain

    • A Victorian San Francisco Novella
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In this novella, Annie and Nate Dawson, the amateur sleuths from M. Louisa Locke's cozy Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, are visiting Nate's family at their ranch near San Jose, California. What was supposed to be a pleasant romantic interlude for the two of them, plus a chance for Annie to get to know Nate's family better, turns serious when a crime is uncovered. And, as in Locke's short stories from this series, Annie gets help in resolving the crisis from a very unexpected quarter.

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  • Book 5

    • Pilfered Promises: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • Victorian San Francisco Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    It is the winter of 1880, and the future looks promising for Annie and Nate Dawson. Nate's law practice is taking off. Annie has made the transition from pretend clairvoyant to a successful financial consultant. And they are looking forward to spending their first Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays together. For Robert Livingston, the owner of San Francisco's newest grand emporium, the holidays don't look so promising. Not if he can't figure out how to stop whoever is stealing from his department store, the Silver Strike Bazaar.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful historical cozy mystery

    • By Gus on 10-19-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

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    • Victorian San Francisco Stories

    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    This is a collection of four short stories from the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. "Madam Sibyl's First Client" was written specifically for this collection and it finds Annie Fuller, the young widowed boarding house keeper, just starting her career as a pretend clairvoyant. In "Dandy Detects", the Boston terrier that lives in Annie Fuller's boarding house helps uncover a crime, and in "The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage", two elderly boarders use their dressmaking skills to avert a domestic tragedy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great supplement to wonderful series

    • By EmilyK on 10-26-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Dandy Delivers

    • A Victorian San Francisco Novella, Book 3
    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    It’s January 1881, and while the grownups in Annie and Nate Dawson’s San Francisco O’Farrell Street boardinghouse are busy with their own affairs, two boys and a dog find their own adventure. Ian Hennessey, a poor boy from South of Market, who is trying to shoulder a man’s responsibilities, gets in trouble, and his best friend, Jamie Hewitt, does what he can to help. But it is Jamie’s young Boston Terrier, Dandy, who saves the day.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Victorian San Francisco Novellas

    • By: M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated by: Alexandra Haag
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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    This collection brings together three novellas by USA Today best-selling author M. Louisa Locke: Violet Vanquishes a VillainKatherine Catches a Killer, and Dandy Delivers. These shorter works contain the light romance, humor, and suspense of the novels in her cozy Victorian San Francisco mystery series and are an excellent introduction to the gas-lit world of late 19th-century San Francisco.

    Regular price: $19.95