London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.
Ellie doesn't contact the dead—at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can't refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.
As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it...
St. James (The Haunting of Maddy Clare) stages a thoroughly gripping murder mystery in the spiritualist world of 1920s London. Ellie Winter and her mother were well-known mediums until they were discredited by psychic researcher James Hawley. Since her mother's death, Ellie has kept a low profile as a finder of "lost things." But the murder of Gloria Sutter, a famous psychic and Ellie's onetime friend, brings back more than memories. Gloria's brother, George, wants Ellie to investigate her death. James warns Ellie not to trust George and offers his own help. Under increasing pressure from George and the unnerving interest of Scotland Yard, Ellie fears she's losing what little psychic ability she has. Each secret she and James uncover brings them closer to the truth, and deeper into danger as dark family history is revealed. St. James's intense story drips with atmosphere and emotion. Set in the time between world wars when spiritualist belief ran high, this briskly paced mystery offers action, romance, and a puzzle that proves talking to the dead isn't a game and can be deadly.
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Great Historical Mystery!
Ellie Winter, known professionally as Fantastique, is a psychic who helps people find lost items. When a former friend, also a psychic, is murdered, she is drawn into the investigation. As she tries to find out what happened, she navigates the community of mediums and psychics, and is required to face paranormal phenomena that she didn't want to encounter ever again. As she investigates, her own life is placed in jeopardy and she has to track down the killer before he comes for her.
This was a delightful book. I enjoy historical mysteries, and I really liked the 1920's time period as the backdrop of the story, as well as the London setting. The paranormal elements added to the atmosphere. I thought the book was interesting, and I liked the main character, Ellie Winter, as well as some of the secondary ones. This was my first book by Simone St. James, but I'll definitely be reading more of hers.