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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Mary Lou Locke
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Aug. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008TT0XL0
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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
It reminded me a little of the t.v series Miss Fishers Mysteries but set in an earlier time period.
I highly recommend you read this book.
Can’t wait to start the next one.