- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (3 Dec. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449925030
- ISBN-13: 978-1449925031
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 153 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,542,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Paperback – 3 Dec 2009
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About the Author
M. Louisa Locke is a retired U.S and Women's history professor who has embarked on a new career with the publication of her best-selling Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, including Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, and her short stories.
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But lines like "...the conjunction of the both the moon and Venus"....is an obvious error in my eyes and someone should have spotted it There were a lot of apostrophes being misplaced, curtsy spelt that way and then also curtsey, chagrinned and not chagrined, fiance not fiancee......sigh.......
Gentlemen was used instead of gentleman, we heard about Nate's younger sister, then we learn she's his only sister then he refers to her as his youngest sister !! Parley was used and not parlay and crape and not crepe, twice used insure and not ensure, pour and not pore, discernable and not discernible, take and not taking and she also suddenly spells Sibyl as Sybil !!! That's pretty unforgivable and I can't believe this many mistakes found their way to the finished article.
I grew a little bored of Amelia dropping everything all the time. There were some highly amusing moments in it here and there. I got a kick out of the ending with the three women. That was brilliantly executed. I have the second book downloaded but I hope it's better edited. I hope perhaps Annie and Nate continue to be pals as well and not falling out !!
After some thought I'd like to edit my previous comment about adjusting the value of money: In chapter 1 we are told that Annie/Lizzie/Sibyl's house was worth $1000 max in 1879 and she had 6 rooms to let out. Looking at an inflation calculator: that would make the house worth about $23000 today. Could Ms Locke please tell me where I can buy a 6-bedroom house in San Francisco for $23000? (Note the difference to the UK where £1000 in 1879 would be worth over £100k today!)
When one of her favourite clients suddenly dies she refuses to accept the verdict of suicide and inveigles herself into the dead man's household to find out what and who caused his demise.
The characters who live there are well drawn and believable.
Though Annie falls for the handsome young lawyer I was glad she goes about things in her own way regardless of his scepticism.
I look forward to her further adventures.
The other characters were also well defined, from the lodgers in her boarding house to the family of the murder victim. I especially appreciated the portrayal of the dignified Chinese servant, rising above local prejudice, and the cross-reference to how other ethnic groups had been victims of discrimination both in San Francisco and New York.
I also enjoyed the unusual but vivid setting. Though I've never been to San Francisco, I felt a clear sense of place throughout, both in terms of geographical context and historical background - the '49 Gold Rush, Chinese immigration, etc.
All in all, a thoughtful, enjoyable read - and, without spoiling the plot, the denouement is a delight! I'll look forward to reading more by this author.
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