Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

· A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series Book 1 · M. Louisa Locke
347 reviews

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First book in the USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco Mystery series.

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 possesses 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 his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen.

Nate Dawson wrestles with a difficult decision. As the Voss family lawyer, he would love to prove 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 USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, followed by Uneasy SpiritsBloody LessonsDeadly Proof, Pilfered PromisesScholarly Pursuits, and Lethal Remedies. Locke’s shorter works, collected in Victorian San Francisco Stories: Vols 1 and 2, and Victorian San Francisco Novellas, feature beloved minor characters from the series. There are also two boxed sets of the novels, Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 1-4 and Victorian San Francisco Mysteries: Books 5-7.

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347 reviews
Kathryn Shaw
September 3, 2017
True to the period in prejudice, social structure and work experience. Although it's a good mystery, it's also a reminder of how far most of us have come.
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Linda Hamilton
July 20, 2016
Enjoyed the suspense and the thoroughly believability of the story. I do think it could have been shorter as the killer was easy to guess before the last chapters.
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Sharon Busch
July 20, 2020
Very well written, good story line, intriguing characters, it you like historical novels you will love Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery.
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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. Writing as Louisa Locke she is a founder and writes in the Paradisi Chronicles, an open source science fiction series by multiple authors. For information about both of these series go to

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