In this sequel to Maids of Misfortune, it is the fall of 1879 and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, has a problem. Despite her growing financial success as the clairvoyant Madam Sibyl, Annie doesn’t believe in the astrology and palmistry her clients think are the basis for the domestic and business advice she dispenses, which is making her feel increasingly uncomfortable. Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller’s young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked by one of the people in Annie’s boarding house to investigate and expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in this investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels. Nate Dawson, the 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 figured out a way to make enough money to support her. In Uneasy Spirits, this light, romantic novel of suspense, Annie Fuller, with the help of Nate Dawson and Kathleen Hennessey, delves into the intriguing world of 19th century spiritualism, encountering true believers and naïve dupes, clever frauds and unexplained supernatural phenomena, and she will soon find there are as many secrets as there are spirits swirling around the Frampton séance table. Some of those secrets will threaten the foundation of her career as Madam Sibyl and the future of her relationship with Nate Dawson, and, in time, they will threaten her very life itself. Reviews "This is a skillfully crafted mystery with wonderful recurring characters who are the kind of people that live with the reader long after the book is finished" -- RP Dahlke, author of A Dangerous Harbor "The resolution was suspenseful and harrowing. This cozy has great characters, interesting plot, period detail, and suspense sprinkled with romance for a great mystery. If you like the Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson, you will most likely enjoy this series." -- Ariel Heart, Mystery and My Musings
For over twenty years, M. Louisa Locke was a professor of U.S. Women's history. Now retired, she has taken her story telling in a new direction with the publication of Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, based on the research she did for her doctoral dissertation on working women in the U.S Far West.
Maids of Misfortune was a finalist in the historical fiction category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and is currently on the historical mystery bestseller category in the US and UK Kindle Bookstore. Her short story, Dandy Detects, is based on characters from the novel.
For those of you have read Maids of Misfortune, or Dandy Detects, Locke would love to hear from you, and would really appreciate if you could spend a few minutes writing a review on Amazon.com
Locke is currently living in San Diego with her husband and assorted animals, where she is working on Uneasy Spirits, the next installment of her series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco. If you are interested in learning more about the Victorian San Francisco and the events portrayed in her books, join her author page on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mlouisalockeauthor/
Locke also writes about her experiences as a self-published author in her blog, The Front Parlor, http://mlouisalocke.wordpress.com/ and she is a regular contributor to the website on self-publishing, Publetariat.
For more about M. Louisa Locke and her work, see http://mlouisalocke.com/