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Publisher's Summary

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 to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns.
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 her clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought about 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.
©2009 M. Louisa Locke (P)2012 M. Louisa Locke
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By KarenB on 04-26-13

Enjoyable story, annoying narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator used an extremely annoying and fake sounding voice for the main character and her attempts at accents were way short of the mark. I skipped the middle three hours of the narration because I could tolerate no more of it. I have never written a review, even though I listen to books all the time, but this one was so disappointing I felt I must.

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By L8NiteReader on 09-28-15

Interesting story spoiled by poor narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, the story is interesting, and I liked the characters, but the narrator made me stop before I finished.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the main character's attitude!

Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Wallace’s performances?

Maybe. I always listed to a sample before buying, and the sample sounded wonderful. Her natural voice is rich, smooth, and melodic - a pleasure to listen to. But she struggles mightily with creating different voices for other characters. The Irish accent drifted between Spanish, German, and Vampire. I think she'd be great with more practice, or when reading a book that's written all in third person.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Sham on 03-08-15

Good story...shame about the narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator had a childish whinny voice and, although she tried to change the tone per character, was dull throughout.

What other book might you compare Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery to, and why?

I would compare this to "The curse of the House of Foskett" as its set in the same era but back home in London and the main character is a female who solves the crime alongside her ward.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Wallace?

I would have cast Emma Gregory as the narrator as she has a clear voice.

Do you think Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

A follow up book would be a good idea as the main character has two roles to play within the time of life when women were not suppose to know a lot or were not listened to. But thed narrator has to change.

Any additional comments?

My mistake before buying the book was not to read the reviews and not listen to the sample I just liked the overview. Wont do that again!

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By Chrissie on 08-15-15

Loved the book not the narration

Started to listen to the book. After one chapter I'd had all I could take of the narrator.

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By Joanne on 07-30-16

Story ruined by narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Did not get far enough into the story but will buy as a kindle book.

Has Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery put you off other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

Another narrator.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

Surely someone checks narration. It seems a good story. It's only the second time in years of purchases that I had to give up.

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