Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DANDY DETECTS (A Victorian San Francisco Story) by M. Louisa Locke and narrated by Alexandra Haag **AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**

Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story | [M. Louisa Locke]

(I received a free copy from the author for review consideration.)

In this short story it is the fall of 1879 and San Francisco swelters under a heat wave while Barbara Hewitt, a reserved schoolteacher, uncovers a mystery with the help of her son's Boston Terrier, Dandy.
This 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, Bloody Lessons, and the short story "The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage".

After reviewing Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits here on my blog, I found Dandy Detects to be a delightful window into Barbara's life and mindset. Previously a minor character living in Annie's boarding house, we learn the reason Barbara is wary and somewhat reserved.  It was also interesting to view Annie and her boardinghouse from a resident's perspective.  
The basis of this short story (just 41 minutes for the audiobook) is the mysterious disappearance of a neighbor woman and her dog.  Barbara has made a real effort to meet the neighbor, feeling a kinship with her circumstances, but when she disappears after one hot night, Dandy's behavior supports Barbara's fears. 
The narrator, Alexandra Haag,  has a nice, rich, soothing voice, although at times I was distracted by what was almost a robotic quality of careful enunciation and steady tone. But overall, I thought she did a great job. 
The audiobook is prices at $3.99 and the ebook is just 99 cents.

Author's website HERE.

Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Uneasy_Spirits_800x1200_72dpi Bloody Lessons: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery  The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage: A Victorian San Francisco Story  Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story

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