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Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

by M. Louisa Locke

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Series: Victorian San Francisco Mysteries (2)

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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 na#65533;ve 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 s#65533;ance 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… (more)
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Annie Fuller (aka Madam Sibyl) is asked by one of her boarders to investigate the medium Arabella Frampton. With the help of Kathleen, her maid, and Nate Dawson, friend and lawyer, they enter the world of spiritualism. ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
The second in a cozy historical mystery series set in 1879 San Francisco, this was better than the first one. Annie Fuller, a widowed boarding house manager, is a compelling heroine and she and her friends are very well described. Her sometimes boyfriend, Nate Dawson, also has a good back story and he struggles as a young lawyer to get some meaty cases.

The plot is based on the then-popular fad of spiritualism and seances. Annie tries to help a friend by debunking a husband and wife team who practice their craft on unsuspecting victims. However, Annie does make some foolish choices and the “accidents” that keep happening are obvious to everyone but her.

I think the pacing and the length of this book were very good, and the author is skilled with description. What I didn’t like was the large number of characters. Were they all necessary to this plot? The mystery itself was well done and although it wasn’t a huge shock, it was a nice twist.

No foul language or sex, and very little violence. ( )
  mcfitz | Sep 19, 2017 |
Annie gets pulled into the middle when one of her boarders asks her to look into some possibly fraudulent mediums that have ensnared the boarder's sister. And then the plot thickens...

And- I like Nate and Annie for each other, but- wow. They both have Issues! especially about clear communication, and I really get bored when the plot requires that people not tell others things that are obviously relevant to them all. Unfortunately, this novel depended on that a bit much, hence the 4.5 rather than 5 stars.

I love the historical context of this series! Details big and small make the era and place vivid.

I am enjoying this series a lot! but it's pricey if you do not happen to catch a deal on an individual book. ( )
  cissa | Jan 18, 2017 |
Annie Fuller, widowed and running a boarding house in Victorian San Francisco has found that the only venue open to her to make a living, is as
Madam Sibyl, clairvoyant, specializing in business and domestic advice.

Annie doesn’t really believe in spirits but she keeps getting involved in solving mysteries. This time she is investigating spiritualists for fraudulent practices. Kathleen, her maid, accompanies her to the Frampton séances and Nate Dawson, friend, lawyer and romantic interest helps by gathering information.

An intriguing look at Victorian San Francisco, the politics, the history and the Spiritualism that ran rampant at this time. A little bit of a Sybil multi-personality disorder within a mystery with several threads, inferences that can be drawn and a nice flowing pace.
An enjoyable read. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jan 9, 2017 |
Continuing the tale of Annie and Nate, Annie is now investigating a seance to help one of her boarders whose sister has fallen under the spell of the psychic. Going undercover as a client, she tries to uncover their tricks and is sucked into a deeper mystery than she expected.

This one was quite a page turner. Again, I was able to figure out a lot of what was going on about halfway through the book, but I enjoyed the mystery nonetheless. It was also nice seeing more of Kathleen, who I really enjoyed and of course, Nate and Annie. ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
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Dedicated to all the family and friends who gave their support suring the writing of this book. Special thanks to my writer's group, Ann Elwood, Abigail Padgett, and Janice Steinberg; my frineds Jime and Victoria Brown, Sally and Cecil Hawkins, and Terry Valverde; and my loving husband, Jim, and my daughter Ashley, and her family who hae given me such joy.

A special thanks to my father, Joseph H. Locke, who has provided me with the modl of how to grow old with grace, courage, and good humor.
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Annie Fuller leaned across to stare at the woman's hands resting palms up on the dark green velvet tablecloth in front of her.
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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 na#65533;ve 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 s#65533;ance 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

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