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Uneasy Spirits (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  2,279 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
In Uneasy Spirits, the sequel to Maids of Misfortune, It’s the fall of 1879 and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, has a problem. Despite her growing financial success as the clairvoyant Madam Sibyl, Annie doesn’t believe in the astrology and palmistry her clients think are the basis for the domestic and business advice she dispenses, which is making her feel incre ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published October 10th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 8th 2011)
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Dec 31, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
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Dandy Detects was an entertaining short but it was Maids of Misfortune that captured my attention and piqued my interest in Uneasy Spirits. I looked forward to the book for months and now, after reading the book, I find I have very mixed feelings.

I obviously enjoyed the book. A four star rating isn’t exactly a finger in the eye but I found that while I appreciated the piece, many of my pre-read expec
I enjoyed the first book in this series 'Maids of Misfortune' and looked forward to reading another mystery with the charming characters Ms. Locke created. Unfortunately I did not care for this story and was disappointed by the lack of growth and development the characters undergo during the course of this book. I felt I had a better sense of the characters at the end of the first book than I did after reading more than three hundred and fifty pages about them in this book.

I thought much of thi
Cindy Amrhein
Aug 30, 2012 Cindy Amrhein rated it really liked it
I got hooked into this book as soon as I started it. Victorian era is a favorite time period of mine. I found an instant connection with the character of Annie Fuller, a widow who owns a boarding house and sidelines for extra cash as a clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl. The difference is she doesn't believe in such things, but it's a means to take a woman seriously when giving financial advice learned from her father. Think about that--people wouldn't take advice from a woman, but from their dead uncle? ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book! Uneasy Spirits is another beautifully written, evocative, full-immersion trip to San Francisco in 1879. The independent and intrepid Annie Fuller is asked by one of her boarders, Miss Pinehurst, to investigate a popular medium who has seemingly manipulated Miss Pinehurst's grieving sister by channeling the spirit of her dead child. San Francisco has many such mediums, as the Spiritualist movement is very popular, and attending a seance is as fashionable as it is thrilling. Annie, ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

One of Annie's boarders asks her to investigate a pair of mediums who, Miss Pinehurt is sure, are damaging her sister's already fragile state of mind. During the course of the investigation Annie is forced to confront her own alter ego as Madam Sibyl: is she just as bad as they, misleading clients for her own ends, or is she justified because of societal restrictions?

Not quite as good as Maids of Misfortune, but I still enjoyed it. The subject matter is a little strange, but as I genera
Jan 31, 2012 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Again, I started reading this in fits and starts, getting distracted by other books, but once I started reading larger chunk of it at a time I enjoyed it more. I didn't quite have it all figured out before they gave us the reveal and there were some things that felt like loose ends but had only been in there to throw us off the trail I suppose. Still it all came to a satisfactory conclusion and I really like the descriptions of San Fransisco in the 1890's, including the little blurbs from the pa ...more
This is the first book by this author I have read, and I am sure to read more! I enjoy the history of Spiritualism in a time when palmists, palm readers, tarot, mediums and seances were extremely popular. One thing I found interesting in the book was the beginning of each chapter featuring a news headline, which I firmly believe is an actual headline from the 1870s. That said, this is a particularly well-written story with great character portrayals. The book is suspenseful, intriguing, and stra ...more
R.P. Dahlke
Oct 19, 2011 R.P. Dahlke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is Ms. Locke’s delightful sequel to Maids of Misfortune, and the second in the Annie Fuller historical mystery series. Set in the late 1800’s in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco, California, I felt like I was there, walking these streets as they were a hundred years ago.
By day, Annie Fuller makes her living as the proprietor of a respectable and well established boarding house, but at night, she becomes Madame Sybil, fortune teller. Annie may have been brought up studying finance at
Feb 16, 2012 Kristy rated it it was amazing
I cannot begin to express how much I love this series. I have never been a particular fan of Victorian settings...thinking them of no particular interest, but M. Louisa Locke has changed that!

Annie Fuller is such a refreshing character. Having been shaped by her misfortunes in life, she is determined to carry on as a successful business woman, despite the restrictions imposed by society of the time.

And what can I say about Nate Dawson. A similiarly flawed hero to match Annie's personality. He is
Good Characters

I read another mystery set during this time period in San Francisco. I felt that the characters in this were better drawn. I would like to read the first book in the series.
Thom Swennes
San Francisco, from the mid to late nineteenth century was, by far, the largest and most diverse city on the west coast of the United States. It served as a magnet, attracting peoples of all nationalities and walks of life, making it an interesting concoction of humanity. As in all cities, crimes, intrigues, and machinations run amok as everyone competed to stay ahead in the game of survival.
Twenty-six-year-old Annie Fuller, while living in a large house she had inherited, found it difficult to
Jan 18, 2017 Cissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annie gets pulled into the middle when one of her boarders asks her to look into some possibly fraudulent mediums that have ensnared the boarder's sister. And then the plot thickens...

And- I like Nate and Annie for each other, but- wow. They both have Issues! especially about clear communication, and I really get bored when the plot requires that people not tell others things that are obviously relevant to them all. Unfortunately, this novel depended on that a bit much, hence the 4.5 rather than
Michael Brunson
Mar 11, 2017 Michael Brunson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have achieved an understanding.

I have been confused as to why I actually like these San Francisco mysteries of Ms Locke. First I like books that paint a picture of how people lived in previous years. Second would have to be the meticulous detail she achieves points to how detailed her research is to accomplish this feat. Third and certainly not the least important is that she spins a very good yarn. Were any of these made into a movie it would come out a banal and pretentious "Chick Flick.' Th
Alisha Henri
Mar 16, 2017 Alisha Henri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Intriguing Tale

While I very much enjoyed Ms. Locke's mystery, Uneasy Spirits, I found myself wishing that the story moved a little faster. However, the characters are fascinating, the heroine delightful and believable, and the true villain not discovered until nearly the end of the story. My favorite part of the story? The ending, but I'm not going to say why...that would spoil the story. I know several true spiritualist mediums and trance channels and the difference between them and frauds o
Feb 18, 2017 Patt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It has romance, mystery, history, and a good plot. 1860's San Francisco is described with great detail so that in your mind you can feel like you are there. Annie, the main character, is clever and very like able. The parts about the seances were fascinating and definitely added to the suspense and the storyline. I look forward to exploring more by this author.
sharon check
Jan 27, 2017 sharon check rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mediums and Mayhem

Annie Fuller just can not resist her bodererhouse resident's request to help get her sister out of the clutches of the spiritualist she consulted after losing her child. Despite danger to her own safety Annie attends seances and private sittings with a strange child. Interesting characters and plot twists. Held my interest from beginning to end.
Jan 03, 2017 CALVIN REAMES rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable tale of mystery

Excellent backdrop for an intriguing tale into the world of the nineteenth century spiritualist activities in San Francisco. I found myself caught up in the moment during the story.
Cozy mystery set in a raw young San Francisco. A young widow is asked to investigate the veracity of Spiritualist mediums who seem to be taking advantage of prominent clients. The story lagged a bit in the middle, but was enjoyable overall.
Rebecca Webber
Dec 31, 2016 Rebecca Webber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This being my first experience with Dr. Locke's work I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Well researched, including actual historical figures and the mystery of the little girl's 'protectors' was a welcome alternative explanation as to whether or not she was a trance medium.
J M Banicki
Jan 01, 2017 J M Banicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read

The book is a mystery with platonic romance and also is historical fiction with just a drop of the occult.
Dec 24, 2016 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Very fast moving, historically accurate, likeable characters. I highly recommend the whole series. Makes you think about how people really lived in Victorian times.
When Annie Fuller is approached by one of her boarders, Miss Pinehurst, to investigate the doings of a spiritualist couple, Simon and Arabella Frampton because surely Annie being in a similar professional will know all the tricks. Annie bristles at the idea of being like those fraudulent mediums but Miss Pinehurst is worried about the sanity of her beloved younger sister and the bank balance of her brother-in-law. Following the death of her young son Charlie, Miss Pinehurst's sister became invol ...more
May 12, 2012 Sophia rated it really liked it
This book is the second book in the Victorian San Francisco series, but it was the first on that I read. I had no trouble reading it without having read the first one without it spoiling the earlier mystery though it does take up with the inter-character relationships where it left off.

There is a prologue and little flash away bits at the end of each chapter that are seemingly detached from the main story line, but they do eventually make sense when it all ties together. The prologue tells us ab
Joy McClure
Mar 17, 2017 Joy McClure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent historical novel of San Francisco

Not only was this novel a wonderful depiction of San Francisco in the late 1880's, it included a very well done description of a dissociative child.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this mystery, the second in a series. Annie Fuller owns a boarding house in 1879 San Francisco. As Madam Sibyl she dispenses sound financial advice to supplement her income. One of her boarders is concerned about her sister and asks Annie to check out a pair of psychics that claims to contact her sister's dead child. Annie investigates. A cast of delightful characters. Great flow. Never a dull moment.
Deb Weaver
Jan 07, 2017 Deb Weaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trouble with Seances

Twists, betrayal, and murder make for an intriguing mystery set in the 1890's. Characters are well developed and fun to read.
Joan Adamak
Jan 07, 2013 Joan Adamak rated it it was amazing
Exciting and Entertaining

The year was 1879. Annie Fuller, a widow, had inherited a large old house in San Francisco from her Aunt and she turned it into a boarding house as an income for herself. But she couldn’t make enough income in order to financially live. She had been well trained by her father who had been a successful stockbroker and if she had been a man, she could have earned money advising men how to invest their funds, but no one would listen to a woman. So she donned a wig, made up
Jan 04, 2017 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Uneasy Spirits was on sale and the description called to me so I decided to give it a try despite not having heard about it or the author before. I was surprised by how much I loved it. I couldn’t put it down!

Set in San Francisco of the late 1870s, the plot of Uneasy Spirits sends the young widow Annie on an undercover adventure to expose a scheme of fraudulent spiritualists. She’s exceptionally suited for this task because in addition to owning and managing a boarding house, she also supplies h
I waffled between three and four stars for this review, but finally settled on three. Basically because the ending didn’t satisfy.

This is the second in this series (the first was Maids of Misfortune) and is a slightly better read. Set in late 19th century San Francisco, the book focuses on Annie Fuller and her suitor, attorney Nate Dawson. Annie is a widow who runs a boarding house and has created a second family with those who room there. Miss Pinehurst, one of her boarders, asks her to invest
Feb 04, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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Another excellent San Francisco mystery! I've really enjoyed this series and have been reading one right after the other because I love the characters so well. Annie is such a strong woman character with an independent streak that is not looked upon favorably by most in the Victorian period, which gets her into trouble more often than not. This makes her determined beau, Nate Dawson even more interesting and likable because he doesn't try to change Annie, and instead finds a way to accept her fo ...more
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A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (5 books)
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