In this second book in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, 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 mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels.
Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.
In Uneasy Spirits, this cozy historical mystery of romantic suspense, Annie delves into the intriguing world of 19th century spiritualism, encountering true believers and naïve dupes, clever frauds and unexplained supernatural phenomena. She will soon find there are as many secrets as there are spirits swirling around the Frampton séance table. Some of those secrets will threaten the foundation of her career as Madam Sibyl and the future of her relationship with Nate Dawson, and, in time, they will threaten her very life itself.
Uneasy Spirits is the second book in M. Louisa Locke's Victorian historical mystery series, followed by Bloody Lessons.
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Captivating historical mystery
Too many to mention, the narration was dramatic and held my attention throughout this novel that had me on the edge of my seat. Annie is such a strong character she has such determination.
Yes she has great flair and her voice is clear and is easy to listen to. She added so much to this novel in her narration.
Victorian mystery at its best.
The wealth of historical detail makes this novel one I will enjoy listening to many times.
"Stilted narration ruins listen"
I will not buy another audiobook with the same narrator.
Her phrasing is poor; it's like listening to the "speak out loud" feature on my iPhone.
The premise behind these stories is intriguing. I have tried 2 of them but will return this one because I forgot the narration grated on my ear. Worth trying one in print.
"Another wonderful historical mystery"
I love this series! I enjoy the characters and the mystery, but what sets it apart is the setting of historic San Francisco. SF has been one of my favorite places to visit, and I enjoy learning about what it was like in the late 1800’s. Although there is a lot of historical detail, it always seems appropriate to and integrated into the story.
The narrator has a pleasing voice and I find her relaxing to listen to -- a good listen for commuting or before bed. Although this installment in the series has some mildly creepy aspects. There were a few times I decided it would be better listened to in the light of day!
definitely recommend. well developed characters and story line.
PB Ryan's Nell Sweeney mysteries
Her inflections and character voices were well done and her diction very clear.
When Annie Fuller was alone with the young girl it was unnerving.
What I admire is how the author involves the reader in the mystery through relatable characters and rich historical detail.
The story was elementary. It is easy to pick out the bad guy. I think I would listen another book.
I found the reader hard to follow when she changed her voice for the different characters. She would start reading in character and her voice would change to normal before the end of character's quote. I gave the reader 3 stars for effort.
"A wonderful 19th century San Francisco romp"
Well done, Ms. Locke. Annie is a compelling character, a heroine with just enough flaws to make her intriguing. This story centers around spiritualism of the day and Annie's efforts to expose a fraud, while examining her conscience about her own avocation. In the process she stumbles across a greater peril in progress and almost loses her life several times in pursuit. She meets a young girl who may indeed have the gift, but at such a cost. The narration is all well done with the exception of Nate, who is simply grating. The narrator simply isn't able to capture a male sounding voice for him and it somewhat disrupts the flow of the story to my ears. However, this is still a five star read and listen. I can't wait to crack open the next story and see what trouble Annie has gotten into now. Well done!
Refreshing read. We forget how women rights was not then. We take ours for granted. Difficult years put to an enjoyable story! Thanks
"Nice old fashioned mystery"
I enjoyed this mystery very much. It's not modern and some of the language seemed kind of stilted, but it seemed ti fit with time. It was worth reading and I will be buy the others in the series
I'd previously downloaded three ebooks in this series but hadn't read them yet and then I was gifted an Audible copy of one of them and have just finished listening to it.
Uneasy Spirits is the second book in 'A Victorian San Francisco Mystery' series and even though I haven't read the first one yet, it was perfect as a stand-alone in the series.
It is nicely written with the added touch of excerpts from a local newspaper of that time which I presume are authentic and which added to the story.
Ms. Locke's ability to tie the various characters in with each other's lives was a strong point and she was able to effortlessly show the caring for each other on the 'good side' and the distrust between the 'bad side' of the two different groups of people in this story.
Seances, mystery, murder and a touch of light romance all make this an interesting read/listen and I am quite eager to read the rest of this series.
Alexandra Haag was most entertaining as the competent narrator.
"Do things really happen just by chance?"
Victorian San Francisco !
Great story. Fast moving also gives you a wonderful glimpse back in time.
"Intelligent, vastly entertaining mystery!"
Another highly ejoyable read from M Louisa Locke. Lots of character development and historical detail but neither ever bog down the story. The mystery kept me guessing right up to the final clue.
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