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Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story (Victorian San Francisco Stories Book 2) by [Locke, M. Louisa]
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  • File Size: 175 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HS5LY2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By Eleni TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2011
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This is a short story based on characters from the new Victorian San Francisco Mystery series by M. Louisa Locke. In 1879 San Francisco, young widow Annie Fuller struggles to survive after her late husband left her penniless and in debt, with only a boardinghouse to provide her a small income. Although Annie is a financial genius, being a woman prevents her from finding work as a financial consultant, thus she creates as her alter ego, Madam Sybil a clairvoyant specialising in business advice. Surprisingly as Sybil, she becomes successful as it seems that men prefer getting advice from a fortune teller than from an intelligent woman who understands the economy. This little story is set one month after the events of the first novel in the series; Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery. When Barbara Hewitt, one of Annie's lodgers is alarmed by her dog Dandy, she suspects that her unsympathetic neighbor is guilty of a vicious crime, which she investigates with Annie's help.

This historical mystery story is well written and interesting and the atmosphere of 1870's San Francisco is good. However, it is too short for the mystery to be developed and for the characters to become familiar. If you haven't read "Maids of Misfortune", I think that it will be difficult to understand who each person is, as very little information is provided for each person's history.

Considering that it is a very short story, which actually took me about fifteen minutes to read, it seems a bit dishonest to charge so much for it.
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This is a short story featuring a minor character from M. Louisa Locke's Victorian San Francisco series. Pretty much a classic mystery but with Dandy the dog in a starring role. I liked it, and look forward to more.
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Just my cup of tea. Nice easy reading for a simple minded soul like me. Very good reading and a good plot.
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good read
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HASH(0x975358b8) out of 5 stars Excellent, but short 21 Jan. 2011
By Amy D. - Published on Amazon.com
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This short story pulled me in instantly and I enjoyed every moment. It only took 15 minutes to read so not much of a "mystery" develops, but I loved revisiting the world of M. Louisa Locke.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97532b7c) out of 5 stars Short story 6 Aug. 2010
By S. R. Schnur - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very fond of the new Victorian San Francisco series by M. Louisa Locke and will buy anything in the series. This short story is available only on the Kindle, but it has the same boarding house and characters as book one in the series. I find short stories very unsatisfying which is why I only gave this story four stars. Book one in the series I gave five stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97819414) out of 5 stars charming addition and it's FREE! 9 Nov. 2011
By RP Dahlke - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read both of Ms Locke's mysteries, and hungry for more, decided to download this charming story and I was not disappointed. Ms. Locke's stories are great, whether long or short and this story only whetted my apetite for the next one.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x975353cc) out of 5 stars A Rear Window kind of mystery 14 Aug. 2011
By S. Warfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story reminds me of "Rear Window." Barbara Hewitt observes something going on in her neighbor's house when she looks out her own back window during an extreme heat wave in San Francisco in 1879 and looks into the neighbor's open lighted window and sees some unpleasantness going on. Barbara lives with her son, Jaimie, and their dog, Dandy, in a boarding house, and Dandy the dog is very good at detecting crimes or trouble. This time Dandy gets up and barks and growls. Barbara is a teacher during the daytime hours, and she is up at night grading papers and can't sleep because of the heat.

Although predictable, I still enjoyed this short story that is an introduction to the author's new book, and some of the same characters are in that book. I really like the characters and the setting in San Francisco and love the dog, Dandy. He's an excellent detective. This story was enough to convince me to buy M. Louise Locke's novel Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery. I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing the novel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97819684) out of 5 stars Mystery Addict 15 Aug. 2011
By V.V. - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this short story, I love a well written story, this one left me wanting more.
I read her book "Maids of Misfortune"' and now I wait for "Uneasy Spirit".
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