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
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. From Goodreads.
Historical fiction is not one of my preferred genres but this was mystery mixed with romance and it was surprisingly good. Annie is a strong MC who knows a lot about the financial world of the time, but, as this is not appreciated, she has to give her advice disguised as a fortune-teller. When one of her clients dies she gets involved in finding his killer.
I was sure I had guessed the killer about midway in the book but I was way wrong and I really like it when that happens.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke
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