Madam Sibyl’s First Client
This short story, a prequel to Maids of Misfortune, the first book in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, finds the young widow, Annie Fuller, meeting her first client as the pretend clairvoyant, Madam Sibyl. If she can’t convince this client that she can make money for him with her financial advice, she doesn’t know how she will be able to hold onto her boarding house and her precious independence.
This short story, which comes chronologically after Maids of Misfortune, 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 mysteries, Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons. 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.
Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong
In Maids of Misfortune, the first book in Locke’s Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, Annie Fuller, a young boarding house keeper and reluctant clairvoyant, met a kind older Chinese cook and manservant in the midst of her investigations into a mysterious death.
In this short story, Annie Fuller once again turns to Mr. Wong for help in solving a puzzle that could have life or death consequences. For those of you who are familiar with Locke’s Victorian San Francisco Mysteries, Mr. Wong Rights a Wrong comes right after Bloody Lessons, the third book in the series.