Bloody Lessons

Bloody Lessons

Series: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery (Book3)

In Bloody Lessons, the third book in the USA Today bestselling Victorian San Francisco mystery series, it’s the winter of 1880, and the public school teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters.

Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called in to investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau, and the case becomes personal when they discover that Nate’s sister Laura may be one of the teachers being targeted.

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The author never sugar coats how difficult life is for women in this oft glamorized time in American history. From the boarders to the boarding house help, the reader will quickly see how close women live to the edge–from pressure to keep up their hard work lest they be fired from their poorly paid jobs, to having their reputations ruined, which for a “lady” might mean anything from loss of family prestige to being cast out of one’s home). Yet, love, laughter and happiness are threaded through the book. The characters grow, change, become better people–or they are unmasked for the villains they are.
-- R. P. Dahlke, author of Dead Red Mystery series
These make great bed-time reading. They won’t give you nightmares, but you will quickly feel a part of Nate and Annie’s world. And as the novel gathers pace towards the end, this becomes a genuine page turner – not least because the writer has allowed us to become so fond of her well drawn cast of characters.
-- Catherine Czerkawska, author of The Curiosity Cabinet
Ms. Locke’s background as a college professor (recently retired) of U.S. History and Women’s History have proven to be a boon in her writing of this dynamic series. Although the books stand alone well, I recommend that you start with the first book, Maids of Misfortune, so you can appreciate fully the growth of the characters and beauty of the San Francisco setting.
-- Laura Strathman Hulka
Story Circle Books Reviews

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