August 13, 2015

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

Maids Of Misfortune

Written by    : M. Louisa Locke
Published in  : 3 December, 2009
Genre           : Mystery, Historical Fiction  

Source : Goodreads
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 his death was 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, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco. 


I had been book slumped last week, did not know what to read as every story sounded so similar. I have been browsing for good suggestions and found a couple of eBooks on Amazon. Maids of Misfortune had a good number of reviews, raving about how intriguing plot it has, downloaded to my phone through the Kindle app immediately. Let me confirm that the reviews were honest because I kinda devoured this novel and did not want to put it down until I finished, it restored 'the reader mood', I missed in these last few weeks.

 The protagonist, Annie Fuller plays the role of a young widow who was broken before, but has become a strong independent woman later. She runs a boarding house successfully and also plays the role of a Clairvoyant, Sibyl, to earn more money to support the smooth running of boarding house, a secret known to a few. When one of her amiable client dies in a mysterious situation, she tries to probe into the mysteriousness of death and solve it. She does an undercover as a maid in the Mr. Voss house and investigate in the case with the help of a Harvard lawyer Mr. Dawson, the Voss Family attorney. 

Reading this novel was absolutely pleasure, it did not give a chance to find out who the real killer is till the very last chapter and left me mystified throughout the story. It really had an excellent flow, everything sounded so real. There was no unnecessary speeding up  of the story. It literally left me on a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter, made me think a character as the killer until the next one is portrayed with more sound proofs. 

I am happy, satisfied with the story, the characters were loving and warm-hearted, can feel the tense till the end and leaves us with a happy ending. I would sum it up as an Enthralling novel, recommended it to anyone looking for a jolly good read.   

My Rating

    Happy Reading!!!


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