Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review: No Comfort for the Lost by Nancy Herriman

 Title: No Comfort For The Lost
 Author: Nancy Herriman
 Series: A Mystery Of Old San Francisco (Book 1)
 Publisher: Obsidian
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from the library
 Star Rating: 5 out 5
 Reviewed by: Marlene

 Mrs. Celia Davies a trained nurse who served in the army had come to San Francisco with her husband Patrick to start a new life and prosper. Although life has brought her some tribulations she has persevered. She has taken residence in her late uncle's home where she has opened a free women's clinic and guardianship of her niece, Barbara and assisted by her hot mouthed maid, Addie. She has set her sights on helping fellow women that cannot help themselves such as the many Chinese girls that are brought into the city only to become enslaved in brothels.

 When a friend of Celia's is found dead by the wharf, a young Chinese girl that found her way out of the brothel and into a relationship with her brother in law, she will do anything to bring the murderer to justice. This includes injecting herself into Nick Greaves' investigation, the officer in charge, especially after someone linked to her is arrested for the crime. Soon Celia will find not everyone is as who they claim to be, even someone very close to her. Set in the 1860s when tempers and prejudices ran high against the Chinese for coming to California most people turned their backs on them or turned to violence against them brought forth an Anti-Coolie Association to organize the efforts.

 Throughout the story there are instances of violence, vandalism and harassment, it almost seems to mirror today's look at immigrants in North America. At least from the snippets of news and information that I have seen. It was a sad look back at that period of time. The story was so well written and proved to be enjoyable as well as a history lesson. The characters are incredibly engaging and honest. I truly enjoyed Celia's strong will and devotion towards her loved ones and fellow women. I had great empathy for the struggles of Li Sha and Barbara. And loved the wit and banter of Addie. The villains of the story were indeed just that evil insidious villains.

 I look forward to reading the next book in this series. The review will be posted Sunday, August 14, 2016

 FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley or Windsor Public Library in Windsor, Ontario, Canada for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.

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