Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Audio Review: Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke

Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke

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 historical mystery set in the foggy gas-lit world of Victorian San Francisco.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this historical mystery. It is set in San Francisco in 1879. Annie is a young widow who owns a boarding house and poses as a clairvoyant to make money. She is very intelligent and resourceful and unconventional for her time. I really liked her character. There are other great characters as well, including Nate, the lawyer she works with while trying to prove that a client's death was murder. A fun, light mystery with just a touch of romance. I look forward to reading the next book. I am curious to see how things work out with the characters.

The audio was great. The narrator, Cynthia Wallace, has a nice voice and gave the characters distinct voices. She also did an admirable job with the variety of accents. Overall a very enjoyable listen. It is split into two parts for easier downloading.

My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !

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About the Audiobook:
Author: M. Louisa Locke
Title: Maids of Misfortune
Narrator: Cynthia Wallace
Publisher: Mary Lou Locke
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 10 hrs 3 min (Part 1:  5 hrs 11 min, Part 2:  4 hrs 52 min)
Year of Publication: 2012

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