An Annie Fuller Mystery, No 2
M Louisa Locke
10/2011 / ISBN 9781466373549
Trade paperback Fiction/Adult/Victorian mystery/San Francisco
by Barbara Buhrer
Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, owns a boarding house
she inherited from her aunt. To supplement her income she dons a
black wig and becomes Madame Sibyl, clairvoyant who dispenses domestic
and business advice to needy clients.
Miss Pinehurst, one of Annie's boarders, fears for her sister's
sanity from attending séances conducted by Arabella Frampton
a medium who supposedly connects her with her dead young son. Miss
Pinehurst wants Madame Sibyl to help her prove the medium a fake.
With the assistance of Kathleen, her Irish maid, and Ned Dawson,
an up and coming lawyer who wants to marry Annie, Annie meets with
the Framptons and their intriguing mysterious partner, Evie, who
as a child has different personalities which are used by them to
make money. Their investigations uncover dark and disturbing actions
in the world of mediums and spiritualists. There is danger before
they are able to unravel the mystery.
This is a skillfully crafted mystery. The world of the Victorian
era in San Francisco is thoroughly explored. The atmosphere is really
fraught with mystery. The characters are wonderful: Kathleen who
wants to imitate a Pinkerton agent and Nate who wants to marry Annie
but is afraid he can't afford it.
Reviews of other titles int this series
Maids of Misfortune [review]
Uneasy Spirits [review