Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery : Victorian San Francisco Mysteries

  • by M. Louisa Locke
  • Narrated by Cynthia Wallace
  • Series: Victorian San Francisco Mysteries
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

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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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- KarenB

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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- L8NiteReader

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2012
  • Publisher: Mary Lou Locke