Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story

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It's 1879, San Francisco swelters under a heat wave and Barbara Hewitt, a reserved school-teacher, uncovers a mystery with the help of a dog named Dandy. This short story is set in the gas-lit world created by Locke in her Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, which includes Maids of Misfortune, Uneasy Spirits, and Bloody Lessons and the short story The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage.

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Published: April 17, 2010
Words: 7,340
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452375618
About M. Louisa Locke

M. Louisa Locke is a retired professor of U.S. and Women’s History, who has embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. The first two published books in her series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco, Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits, feature Annie Fuller, a boardinghouse owner and clairvoyant, and Nate Dawson, a San Francisco lawyer, who together investigate murders and other crimes, while her short stories, beginning with Dandy Detects, give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries.

Locke's work has won a Next Generation Indie book award for historical fiction and been awarded the IndieBRAG medallion and she is a member of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative. Dr. Locke is currently living in San Diego, where she is working on Bloody Lessons, the next full-length installment of her Annie Fuller/Nate Dawson series.

For more about M. Louisa Locke and her work, see http://mlouisalocke.com/.

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Review by: kari cook on July 29, 2012 : star star star star
This is a cute short story with an amateur sleuth and a Victorian San Francisco for a backdrop. A good introduction to the series. I look foreword to reading more.
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Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Oct. 17, 2011 : star star star star
In this short story, school teacher Barbara Hewlitt is assisted by her son's dog, Dandy, in solving a mystery. The lovely piano player across the street from Mrs. Fuller's boarding house has disappeared, and the husband's story just doesn't feel right.

I find that I cannot write more about the plot without spoilers and thus will suffice to say that the settings are evocative and geographically accurate (I live in the San Francisco Bay area) and Locke clearly knows her period and subject matter.

I look forward to reading more by this author.
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Review by: jules103 on Oct. 13, 2011 : star star star star
I enjoyed this story and it makes me want to read more about these characters.
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Review by: gotmud on Aug. 29, 2011 : star star star star
this was a good book. i would read more from this author, keep the good work up.
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Review by: poodlepoodleoo on Dec. 06, 2010 : star star star
I enjoyed this short story so much, I wish it could have gone on longer.
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Review by: Casey Jones on April 18, 2010 : star star
Ambitious, I'll give it that.
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Review by: Lynn on April 18, 2010 : star star star star star
What a great short mystery, Although one could figure out what had happened, there was also a clue that what one was thinking is not the way it would end.
Great Job
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