Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series

Book 3
M. Louisa Locke
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In Bloody Lessons, it's the winter of 1880, and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters. 

Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called in to investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau, and the case becomes personal when they discover that Laura, Nate's sister, may be one of the teachers targeted for attack.

In this third installment in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, readers will find the same blend of a cozy mystery and romantic suspense, played out against the historical backdrop of late 19th century San Francisco, that they found in Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits.

If you are new to this series, you will still enjoy spending time with the lively residents of Annie Fuller's boarding house and visiting San Francisco when Golden Gate Park was filled with horse-drawn carriages, politics were controlled by saloon-keepers, and kisses were stolen under gaslight. 

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M. Louisa Locke
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Published on
Nov 26, 2016
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Pages
313
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
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Maids of Misfortune is the first book in M. Louisa Locke’s historical mystery series, see also, Uneasy Spirits, Bloody Lessons, Deadly Proof, and Pilfered Promises, as well as the novellas, Violet Vanquishes a Villain, and Kathleen Catches a Killer and the short stories based on the characters from the novels, which can be found collected in Victorian San Francisco Stories.

 

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