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Uneasy Spirits (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #2)

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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,080 ratings  ·  133 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 (first published October 8th 2011)
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Erin
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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
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Barb
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
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Marla
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
Hilary
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
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R.P. Dahlke

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
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Cindy Amrhein
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
Kristy
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
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Sara
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.
Patricia
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
Bob
This is a mystery book set in victorian times. The hero of the book is a woman who, in today's world would be a financial analyst and advisor. In those times, women would never be consulted for those things, so she found a way around it. By calling herself a spiritualist and claiming that her advice comes from the great beyond, she is able to offer her services in an acceptable manner. The trouble begins when she is called upon to check out another spiritualist who may be bilking clients out of ...more
Peg
This mystery, set in Victorian San Francisco was interesting, holding my attention 'till the end. The topic of clairvoyants and fortune tellers serves as a basis for the story. I was particularly interested in the authentic excerpts from the 1879 San Francisco Chronicle advertising seances and psychic readings. Who knew that there was such an interest in that sort of thing in that day. I have now realized that this book is a sequel to the author's other novel, Maids of Misfortune. I may pick up ...more
Sarah
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
Tahmina
This is the second part to this series and is just as good as the first. This novel takes you about a couple of months after the first book. She asked to make an investigation into a family that has moved into a house and are doing super natural things and giving people advice from the supernatural world. She sets to investigate and immediately realizes that there is something going on and is a bit scared of one the girls that is part of the act. Evie May seems to have something going on with he ...more
Degeorgetown
I hate that I could only give this book three stars. I loved the characters and the setting so much but there were just too many flaws in other parts of the book.

What I loved: Annie and Nate are such well written characters and I found myself really invested in their romantic subplot. The author also does an amazing job describing victorian era San Francisco, I loved the descriptions of what the characters were wearing and how they celebrated halloween. The main plot about Annie investigating t
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Ariel
Annie Fuller's father taught her everything he knew about finance and investing, now that Annie is on her own nobody wants financial advice from a woman, so she pretends to be Madam Sibyl and has a thriving side business. This is why one of her boarders comes to her for help to prove a seance group that has gotten control of her sister is fraudulent. Annie begins to attend the seances and clearly sees many tricks but when a young girl is used on some clients, Annie is stumped as to how this girl ...more
Jody
This is #2 in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series and the sequel to Maids of Misfortune. I found this book to be equally entertaining and would advise readers that they need not read the first book to enjoy Uneasy Spirits. We are in the year 1879 at a time when women's attributes in the business world are not yet appreciated. Annie Fuller wants to impart her financial advice, but finds it necessary to don a disguise as Madam Sibyl, the fortune teller/astrologer to be able to do so.

Annie
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Joan Adamak
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
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Jeannie
I loved the setting and the way the character moved about San Francisco back in the time when my grandparents and great grandparents lived there. That really colored the story for me. The mystery was well done, It all unraveled as a surprising end that most probably wouldn't figure out ahead of time.

The mystery revolves around seances and people believing in talking to the dead. The author cleverly shows the fake side of seances while leaving you clearly back on the fence in this arena at the e
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Lisa Cox
This is the 3rd work I've read by M. Louisa Locke, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the overall plot better in this book than the previous two. I didn't think the ending was as strong as in _Maids_, but I thought I saw the writer's style maturing and settling down, and the events and human reactions were believable throughout. There were not nearly as many typos as in the previous works, which I greatly appreciate.

One aspect that intrigued me was the attitude toward spiritualism that was ref
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Sally
I begin more books these days than I finish, because there are so many available. My favorites are those with a gift for language that takes my breath away. This book is not one of those.

What it is, is a solid body of work. What kept me reading was the accuracy of the details. She did a wonderful job on Women's issues and history, and the lives open to women of the time period. She portrayed accurately the jobs available to women and the way they lived. I am a genealogist and my knowledge of tim
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Dropspun
All right, I've just read "Uneasy Spirits" by M. Louisa Locke, the second in a series called "A Victorian San Francisco Mystery". Since other people have already described the book, I'll just tell you what I think about it.

I liked it. If you liked Locke's first book in the series, "Maids of Misfortune", I believe you'll like this. Once again the author surprised me with information about the fake "mediums" of the time (1879), and the prevalence of the belief in them during that period in San Fra
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Sophia
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
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Mike
This is the 2nd book I've read by this author in this series of mysteries and it didn't disappoint me. I really enjoyed the first book and it was nice to see the characters' personalities becoming more defined in the second book.
This book's main character, Annie, is very independent and with her past you cannot blame her but of course it's not viewed that well by her compatriots that are in the book because of course in the Victorian era women weren't supposed to be independent and they were su
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adlin
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
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Nancy Butts
I enjoyed this one even more than the first novel in the series [Maids of Misfortune]. I like the well-researched setting of 1879 San Francisco, and the author does a good job of weaving in social and political information from her first career as a college history professor. But that wouldn't matter if the characters weren't brought to life with well-crafted prose, which they are. Likeable heroine, with of course a jolt of always-at-odds romance with the tall, dark, and craggy young lawyer: tho ...more
Michael
All right! I'm hooked!

I've read a lot of free books offered through a website associated with Amazon. I wondered how they could make any money giving so many books away, l got the first book in the Victorian San Francisco series free. I enjoyed it so much I bought this one immediately after writing my review. I bet you can guess what I'm going to do right after writing this one. I'm unable to resist the next in the series, especially because it's based on education in Victorian San Francisco.
Sharon
I was first introduced to M. Louisa Locke's Victorian San Francisco mysteries with a short story called Dandy Detects. The cute tale introduced me to Annie Fuller and the guests at her boarding house, and intrigued me enough to pick up the other two books in the series.

"Uneasy Spirits" is the second book in the series, but it works just fine on its own. In this story, Annie Fuller investigates fraudulent mediums Simon and Arabella Hampton -- at risk to herself, of course.

Locke's books are rich i
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Linda
Annie Fuller is a widow in 1879 San Francisco who is supporting herself by running a boardinghouse in a property she inherited and telling fortunes under the name of Madam Sybyl. She is very knowledgable in the field of finance, but the only way anyone will take the advice of a woman is if it comes to them through the reading of a palm, so this is how she makes use of her talents. When one of the women in Annie's boardinghouse asks her help in exposing a group of spiritualists who are defrauding ...more
Sara
Won this book on Goodreads, and really enjoyed it. The author has really well-developed characters and a great plot. I enjoyed the back and forth tension between the two main characters, Mrs. Fuller and her suitor, Mr. Dawson. I also like the fact that the supporting characters in the form of servants were also very well rounded. It didn't have the "class distinction" that many historical novels do. It was very refreshing to read a historical novel that ISN'T set in the middle ages. I can't say ...more
Johanna Haas
Well-researched and interesting. This book plunged me into Victorian San Francisco and the world of spiritualists and mediums. The author is a professor of women's history and this book really shows her nuanced understanding of different women's (and men's) lives during the past. It's also a rollicking good mystery, and nontraditionally arranged, which is a plus.
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After being a professor of history for over 30 years, I am now retired and writing full time. The books in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, are based in part on my dissertation research on women who worked in the Far West at the end of the Nineteenth Century, and they feature Annie Fuller, a young widow who gives domestic and business advice as the clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl. She is aided ...more
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Other Books in the Series

A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (3 books)
  • Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1)
  • Bloody Lessons (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, #3)
Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1) Dandy Detects (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1.5) Bloody Lessons (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, #3) The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #2.5) Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, #3.5)

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