Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Uneasy Spirits, by M. Louisa Locke

It's rare that I can find much to admire in a mystery that I take a month to finish, but Locke's domestic history of San Francisco is so nuanced, detailed, and seamless, that I found the book very enjoyable - from the classified ads for mediums and spiritualists that begin every chapter, to the food and colors and technologies of the time that enrich every subsequent paragraph.  Annie Fuller, aka Madame Sybil, is asked by one of her tenants to debunk a pair of spiritualists who are taking financial advantage of the bereaved.  And she does with the help of her maid and her beau.

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