Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story
In the fall of 1879, San Francisco swelters under a heat wave while Barbara Hewitt, a reserved school-teacher, uncovers a mystery with the help of her son’s dog, Dandy. This short story is set in the Victorian gas-lit world of Annie Fuller and her O’Farrell Street boarding house, which Locke wrote about in her historical mystery, Maids of Misfortune. For those of you already familiar with that world, welcome back. For the rest of you–welcome.
The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage
This short story, set in 1879 San Francisco, features two elderly dressmakers, Miss Minnie and Miss Millie Moffet, who face a moral dilemma of no small dimensions. They turn for advice to Annie Fuller, a widowed boardinghouse owner who supplements her income as a clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl. This story is an amusing glimpse into the lives of Annie Fuller’s two most eccentric boarders. For those unfamiliar with Locke’s mysteries and the late nineteenth century world they portray, this is just a taste of things to come. Enjoy.