No Comfort for the Lost

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No Comfort for the Lost

No Comfort for the Lost In this historical mystery series a courageous nurse and a war scarred police detective in s San Francisco champion the down trodden and fight for justice After serving as a nurse in the Crimea

  • Title: No Comfort for the Lost
  • Author: Nancy Herriman
  • ISBN: 9780451474896
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this historical mystery series, a courageous nurse and a war scarred police detective in 1860s San Francisco champion the down trodden and fight for justice After serving as a nurse in the Crimea, British born Celia Davies left her privileged family for an impulsive marriage to a handsome Irishman Patrick brought her to San Francisco s bustling shores but then disappIn this historical mystery series, a courageous nurse and a war scarred police detective in 1860s San Francisco champion the down trodden and fight for justice After serving as a nurse in the Crimea, British born Celia Davies left her privileged family for an impulsive marriage to a handsome Irishman Patrick brought her to San Francisco s bustling shores but then disappeared and is now presumed dead Determined to carry on, Celia partnered with her half Chinese cousin Barbara and her opinionated housekeeper Addie to open a free medical clinic for women who have nowhere else to turn But Celia s carefully constructed peace crumbles when one of her Chinese patients is found brutally murdered and Celia s hotheaded brother in law stands accused of the crime A veteran of America s civil war, detective Nicholas Greaves is intent on discovering the killer of the girl, whose ethnicity and gender render her as powerless in death as they did in life Nicholas s efforts are complicated by Celia, who has a knack for walking into dangerous situations that may lead to answers or get them both killed For as their inquiries take them from Chinatown s squalid back alleys to the Barbary Coast s violent shipping docks to the city s gilded parlors, Celia and Nicholas begin to suspect that someone very close to them holds the key to a murderous conspiracy

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    1. Melodie on said:

      I never used to read historical mysteries, until a friend talked me into trying the Lady Darby books. Historicals are SO much better than they used to be! I loved the San Francisco setting in this one and the characters were so well drawn they seemed to come alive. I liked Celia. She came from a wealthy British family, but went off to become a nurse during the Crimean War. She married an Irishman and came to the States with him. He took to the sea and now she may, or may not, be a widow. She liv [...]

    2. Janie on said:

      I highly recommend Nancy Herriman’s No Comfort for the Lost, a historical mystery that keeps you guessing about who the murderer is until the very end. I kept turning pages, forming a suspicion about whodunit only to change my mind two chapters later. The author skillfully incorporated the setting of 1867 San Francisco into the story, so many sights and sounds that made me feel as if I was watching a film rather than flipping through pages.The story’s heroine, Celia Davies, is NOT your avera [...]

    3. Book of Secrets ☘ on said:

      NO COMFORT FOR THE LOST is a historical mystery set in 1860s San Francisco, during the rise of anti-Chinese sentiments among whites in the city. Celia Davies is a nurse who runs a clinic for disadvantaged women. Celia is shaken when one of her patients is murdered, a young Chinese woman struggling to escape a life of prostitution. Celia forms an alliance with Nick Greaves, a Civil War vet turned police detective. Both Celia and Nick have troubled pasts and emotional baggage, and in a way they’ [...]

    4. Sarah on said:

      I can see why his historical fiction adult novel has received rave reviews on . The setting is great--I really got a feel for old San Francisco, the seedy parts and all. Celia runs a free women's clinic and serves all types of clientele, even the Chinese prostitutes. She isn't the most respected white woman in town because of this, but, of course, she's a force to be reckoned with. Detective Greaves admires her, even when he doesn't want her involved in the murder investigation of a former prost [...]

    5. Veronica on said:

      Set in 1867 San Francisco, during the height of racial tensions between whites and Chinese immigrants, No Comfort for the Lost was an okay start to a new historical mystery series. It gives us two main protagonists in Celia, a trained nurse and maybe-maybe-not widow, and Nicholas, a civil war veteran now working as a detective with the SFPD. They are each likeable and aware of the other's attractive qualities but, for my money, they don't spend enough page time together for me to decide if there [...]

    6. Britney on said:

      I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.A nurse in the 1800's decides to investigate the murder of one of her patients, who happens to be chinese. The Anti-Coolie Association just started in San Francisco so no one besides Celia Davies cares to look into the murder. She convinces Dectective Greaves to help.Both Davies and Greaves are strong characters. They are both determined to find the killer at all costs.I did like the historical fiction aspect.It took a bit to get s [...]

    7. Lesa on said:

      Nancy Herriman's first Mystery of Old San Francisco, No Comfort for the Lost, is a riveting historical mystery set in 1867, a compelling story that brings the city and the times to life. This issue-oriented story is intense and dramatic with two strong lead characters. Celia Davies, a nurse, teams up with a Civil War veteran turned police officer, Detective Nicholas Greaves, to investigate a murder. And, these two are the only ones who really care about justice for the victim.Celia lied about he [...]

    8. Kym Lucas on said:

      No Comfort for the Lost by Nancy Herriman -- A solid mystery filled with historical detail but without a great deal of violence, language or sex. Disclosure: The author provided an advanced reader copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. Also, you should know that I very rarely give anything five stars, so a four star review means the book was pretty good!In 1860s San Francisco, racial tension ran high, with unemployed workers blaming their lack of jobs on Chinese immigrants who worked [...]

    9. Donna on said:

      No Comfort for the Lost is a wonderfully written historical mystery set in San Francisco in 1867.Celia Davies is a nurse who has opened a free medical clinic for women, especially the Chinese. The clinic is in the house that she shares with her cousin, Barbara, a Chinese herself, and her housekeeper, Addie. Celia takes her job very seriously. Barbara is a nervous sort as she worries about all the troubles that the Chinese have here in San Francisco. No one wants "their kind" here.One of the Chin [...]

    10. Mark Baker on said:

      Celia Davies spends her days helping the women of 1867 San Francisco via her free medical clinic. One of her patients, a former Chinese prostitute is found murdered, and Celia must know what happened to her. Meanwhile, Nicholas Greaves is the police officer assigned to the case, and he is determined to get justice for the young woman. But where will the investigation lead?This is a good debut that will please any fan of historical mysteries. The characters are intriguing, and their history makes [...]

    11. Roy St. on said:

      This book was an extremely enjoyable read. Very well-written with excellent character development and descriptive imagery. Many plot twists kept me on edge, and the ending took me by surprise. I didn't want to put it down. I highly recommend it.

    12. Anna Huber on said:

      Herriman skillfully brings 1867 San Francisco to life, in all its beauty and treachery. Weaving together an intriguing mystery and a fascinating clash of cultures, No Comfort for the Lost will keep readers turning the pages long into the night.

    13. Bethany on said:

      2.5 stars although I don't like to give half stars. However I didn't like it enough for three stars but it wasn't all that terrible.This wasn't a bad book/plot it's just I wasn't invested in the characters or what was happening to them. I think I mentioned in an update that if it wasn't for the fact I was listening to the audio version of this I would have been skimming. It got to the point where I just wanted to skip to the end to find out who dunnit and why. I felt it took forever to get there [...]

    14. Virginia on said:

      I really enjoyed this book! It's a well-told mystery with engaging characters that are easy to identify with. The view of old San Francisco is really interesting too - the details are woven in very naturally (not like some historicals with tedious explanations). This book was the perfect escape and I was just sorry it ended! I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series and more by this author!!

    15. Becky on said:

      This was a good mystery! At one point I didn't have a clue who might have killed the Chinese girl. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see how things progress with Celia and Nick. Will Patrick show up dead or alive? This novel set up the story nicely. If you read this book series out of order, you may be lost or disappointed, so start with book one.

    16. Megan Joice on said:

      San Francisco is awash with racial tensions. Celia and Nicholas are drawn together when a Chinese woman is found murdered by the docks.This was a very easy read. There was nothing completely out of the ordinary in the story or in the characters. That made for not a very challenging read, but it was pleasantly engaging. I'd describe the experience as a beach read mystery novel.

    17. Marsha on said:

      Excellent beginning to a new series. She captured old San Francisco perfectly. The mystery was well plotted, as well as the characters. The story is set around the problems of the Chinese and Irish workers. The main characters are a female doctor who runs a female clinic and a police detective who are determined to find justice.

    18. Aimee on said:

      I saw this author is moderating a talk on historical suspense at the Kerrytown Bookfest next weekend with two other authors I read, Deanna Raybourn and Anna Lee Huber, so I decided to give this a try. I really enjoyed it (3 1/2 stars) and will definitely read the next one in the series.

    19. Annie on said:

      Not a very complicated story or characters. Entertaining historical suspense novel but nothing too deep or substantial.

    20. Deborah Wright on said:

      This is one of the (many) times I wish we could give 1/2 star ratings on , because I'd give this book a 3.5 rating. Worth reading if you enjoy mysteries in an historical setting.

    21. OpenBookSociety.com on said:

      openbooksociety/article/noNo Comfort for the LostA Mystery of Old San Francisco #1By Nancy HerrimanISBN#9780451474896nancyherrimanBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:In this historical mystery series, a courageous nurse and a war-scarred police detective in 1860s San Francisco champion the down-trodden and fight for justiceAfter serving as a nurse in the Crimea, British-born Celia Davies left her privileged family for an impulsive marriage to a handsome Irishman. Patrick brought her t [...]

    22. Julie Failla Earhart on said:

      This is the first novel in the “A Mystery of Old San Francisco.” Author Herrimann introduces readers to his two main protagonists. First is Crimea veteran Celia Davies. She came to the States with her husband, Patrick, who promptly signed onto to a sailing vessel and has disappeared.Celia, a recent immigrant from Great Britain, feels for the Chinese immigrants who often live in squalor. She opens a free clinic for the prostitutes, funded by her late uncle. She lives in the uncle’s house wi [...]

    23. Pat on said:

      The book description lays out the plot pretty well. Celia Davis runs her medical clinic for women no one else can be bothered with. The nursing skills she learned in the Crimea make her a woman who is sensitive and compassionate, and it also makes her good at reading people. Detective Nick Greaves is a wonderful protagonist as well. He served in the Civil War and wants to put it all behind him. He carries a secret from his upbringing in Ohio, one that drives him to strive for justice for those w [...]

    24. Leigh Anderson on said:

      I recently checked out the first book in Nancy Herriman’s new mystery series set in old San Francisco, No Comfort for the Lost. It was pretty good and I will probably keep reading the series as it comes out.I recently left my heart in San Francisco, so I’ve been looking for a good Victorian San Francisco mystery series. I was very excited when this one was recommended to me.The book was pretty good, much better than M. Louisa Locke’s series. Celia and Nick are realistic and likable. You ca [...]

    25. Viviane Crystal on said:

      British-born Celia Davis became a nurse and served in the Crimean War, a womanly career frowned upon by late 1800 society. Now Celia has become the caretaker of her half-Chinese cousin, Barbara, and has opened a free clinic where she cares for anyone in need. Her concerns compel her to visit even the ill Chinese prostitutes in Old San Francisco, acts that further ostracize her from “decent” society. In 1867 there is a huge and growing anti-Chinese segment of society that is part prejudicial [...]

    26. Mylissa on said:

      Mysteries aren't generally my thing. It's not what I seek out to read but this one intrigued me with the SF historical placement - I'm a Bay Area girl and I've worked on a project that involved the Barbary Coast, so right around the time frame this is set. It wasn't long so I had to give it a go round. There are some really good things about this book, lady detective is always a good way to go, gruff secretive fellow who is clearly going to fall for lady detective who takes no shit and is consta [...]

    27. Marla on said:

      This was like a fusion of two other series that I like, the Charlotte and Thomas Pitts books and the Victorian San Francisco Mysteries(by M. Louisa Locke). Looking forward to reading the next in the, hopefully long, series.

    28. Debbie on said:

      "No Comfort for the Lost" is a historical mystery set in 1867 in San Francisco. The mystery was clue-based. Pretty early on, I correctly guessed whodunit and why. However, the mystery was more complex than that implies, and there were parts of the overall scenario that I didn't guess. The mystery kept me engaged in the story.While the writing was good at giving me a feel for the city at this time, some things seemed a little ahead of their time. There probably was anti-Chinese sentiment around a [...]

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