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Uneasy Spirits

(A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,238 ratings  ·  305 reviews
In this sequel to Maids of Misfortune, it is 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 her advice.

Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published October 8th 2011 by M. Louisa Lock
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Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting cozy mystery. Better than the first book, which is often the case. The characters are familiar and we learn more about them. I enjoy a book that takes into account a character's internal struggles.
There's also a look at psychological issues, trying to see them from the perspective & knowledge of Victorian San Fransisco. The situation was warmly and kindly portrayed.
As in most cozy mysteries, this one is light, enjoyable and keeps one interest.
I look forward to picking up
Cindy Amrhein
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nola Arganbright
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Great mystery

I enjoyed book two of this series more than book one. I became very engrossed in the story and the characters. Extremely good plot.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-library
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 ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of grit, murder, mayhem, and mosters, so it is always refreshing to read a book that looks at life through the rose colored glasses of gentility. Very often, this can only be accomplished by reading books published in the nineteen thirties and forties. Even during that period, hard boiled noir seems really tame by today's standards. Ms. Locke's descriptions of various locations in San Francisco eschew Victorian gentility while making the locales come to life.

The Victorian Era was
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 ...more
Erik Quinz
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I would argue that this book has a gloriousness that examines how hard the passion it takes to accomplish a thing and is not possible with ordinary passion and sometimes makes the spirit disappear and becomes bored, the book has a good selection of language and understanding of how that spirit should,
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The widowed San Fransisco boarding house operator who moonlights as a fortune teller is invited by one of her boarders to investigate some local spiritualists who appear to be up to no good. Her investigation leads to attempts on her life and she is neatly rescued twice by her lawyer-suitor. Nate confesses his love to Annie and all ends happily. A sweet little Victorian mystery.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I looked back at my review of the first book in this series and saw that I finished it two days before Christmas last year. An odd coincidence. I enjoyed this second entry more than the first actually. The subject matter was more engaging for me this time around. Pleasant entertainment.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Did not enjoy as much as the first in this series. Seances, mediums and ghostly apparitions are not my cup of tea. However, I do like the characters and will continue reading the series.
R.P. Dahlke
Oct 19, 2011 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
Thom Swennes
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
KL Caley
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book by chance when it showed up rather cheaply on a Kindle titles sale and the outline sounded quirky and I must say I am very pleased with the find. I didn’t realise it is actually the second in the series and I’m quite glad as I think that would have put me off but actually, it was very easy to read without having read the first. You could quickly pick up who the characters are and each of their rough backgrounds, but you are also not swamped with information about them ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Uneasy Spirits” is the sequel to “Maids of Misfortune”, and is part of M. Louisa Locke's Victorian historical mystery series featuring Annie Fuller, a young widow running a boarding house in San Francisco. Recurring characters include her young Irish maid Kathleen Hennessey, her cook Beatrice O’Roarke, and various boarders. To make ends meet, Annie takes on the persona of a clairvoyant named Madam Sibyl.

Annie is asked by one of her boarders, Miss Pinehurst, to help her expose a fraudulent
Betsy Cornwell
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: left-coast-crime
Yes. Scholarship does add immensely to my enjoyment of a book. I might even go on to read some of Dr. Locke's scholarly writing about the lives of 19th century women.
Lately I've felt inspired to seek out books about powerful women. So many authors think that means a man in heels. Locke has created a believable, very female, protagonist who has found ways to build her own life within the constraints of her time. Her culture makes it very difficult to find love without sacrificing her
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book on my mother’s iPad, which reverted to my ownership when we discovered the housekeepers were using it rather than my mother!
So, historical detective novels: don’t deliberately avoid them but don’t usually choose them, either. I was surprised at its readability and despite a simple premise (blackmailing séance attendees), the final twist that gave the ending pizzazz.

The real attraction here was the historic perspective of San Francisco, geographically, politically, and socially
I had mixed feelings about this book. I love the setting of Victorian San Francisco and its brief inclusion of the politics of the time. I think Annie is an interesting protagonist and her feelings on the role of women do not seem overly modern and anachronistic. Still, despite the large circle of people who care about her, she continues to set off on her own (ok) without telling anyone where she is going(not ok) and consequently finds herself in a dire situation requiring rescue.

So often in
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
The second book in the Victoria San Francisco mysteries series. I truly enjoy this series of cozy mysteries. This book was a bit more exciting than the first and definitely had some extra twists. This time around, I had an idea of "who dunnit" but couldn't grasp the entirety of it until the end.

I was disappointed that there was more swering in this book. The majority of it happening all together made it even worse. The clean nature of the first book was one of the reasons I invested in the next
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I already had this book, but waited to read it until after I acquired #1 in the series. In this one, Annie is trying to investigate a medium and her husband. Her maid Kathleen also gets involved, and they get Kathleen's friend Biddy a job in the mediums house to try to get inside information. Annie begins to attend seances, and is intrigued by a young girl who projects 'spirits', seemingly changing her personality, voice, and even to some extent, her looks, according to the 'spirit' she is ...more
Rachel Friedland
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great follow-up to the first one. Almost all of the characters in Maids of Misfortune are back, and there has been some character development in a good way. Nate and Annie, especially, do spend some time reflecting on their relationship in a way that really works with the story as a whole.

One thing I thought was really interesting was the exploration of spiritualism in the 19th century, from multiple sides of the issue, and it was interesting to read the excerpts from the San
Faith Justice
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Actually 3.5. Another enjoyable, historical mystery, the second in this series. Locke does an excellent job with the historical details and really brings 19C San Francisco to life. In this one her protagonist, young widow Annie Fuller, investigates a fraudulent ring of spiritualists who seem to have more malevolent intentions than bilking credulous clients. The pacing is lively and the characters are well-developed and exhibit complicating flaws. My main issue is with the plot which follows the ...more
Michael Brunson
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.'
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Suzanne Garrison
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

I have never sought out mysteries for reading material, but Locke has changed my mind. The book was both engaging, and historically accurate, and I couldn’t help investing my imagination and emotions in the relationship between Annie and Nate.

When I run across a series of books, I like to read them in chronological order. The San Francisco Mysteries are able to stand on their own. I usually stop reading a mystery when the killer’s identity is discoverable 1/2 through the book, but Locke
Alisha Henri
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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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

Other books in the series

A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (8 books)
  • Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1)
  • Bloody Lessons (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #3)
  • Deadly Proof (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #4)
  • Pilfered Promises (A Victorian San Francisco Mysteries, #5)
  • Kathleen Catches a Killer: A Victorian San Francisco Novella
  • Dandy Delivers (A Victorian San Francisco Novella Book 3)
  • Scholarly Pursuits (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Book 6)
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