Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke

Do you know what makes a good mystery? Not figuring out the mystery too soon. When the mystery was solved, all the pieces were there, in plain sight, but I had another character pegged as my main suspect.

I found Maids of Misfortune as a recommendation from Bookbub. If you haven't read my review of the Bookbub site, do so now!

"It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.

"Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl's clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe it is suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

"Nate Dawson has a problem. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to believe that Matthew Voss didn't leave his grieving family destitute. But that would mean working with Annie Fuller, a woman who alternatively attracts and infuriates him as she shatters every notion he ever had of proper ladylike behavior.

"Sparks fly as Anne and Nate pursue the truth about the murder of Matthew Voss in this light-hearted, cozy historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco. Maids of Misfortune, is the first book in M. Louisa Locke's historical mystery series, followed byUneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons."Source

As you may or may not already know, historical fiction is my all time favorite genre. I'm not picky on specific time periods, but I love reading of times I did not witness.

Annie Fuller is a woman not normally associated with this 1870's. She is opinionated, loud, and a feminist, of sorts! She calls out the annoyingly restricting clothes deemed appropriate and fashionable of a lady, and when she goes undercover in her investigations, she loves the freedom of exposing a little ankle!

I do not read a lot of mystery, so maybe I didn't see the clues until they were laid out in front of me, but I had a suspect in mind that not even Annie had! Of course, I was wrong, but a good mystery gives many suspects for the reader to.... well.... suspect.

This book is great for any aged reader. There is only one scene that could trigger sensitivity (sexual assault), but the novel isn't heavily descriptive in that scene.

Pick up your copy today! Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

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