Duncan pens a mystery peppered with intriguing historical details. It’s well plotted with a band of whimsical characters and genuine humor and is as comforting as a warm mug of cocoa on a blustery day.
After the death of her husband Billy, spiritualist Daisy Gumm Majesty succumbs to melancholy, but when wealthy longtime customer Mrs. Pinkerton asks for Daisy’s help, she agrees to consult the Ouija board. As thanks, Mrs. Pinkerton’s son Harold invites Daisy on a trip to Egypt. Shortly after their arrival, however, peculiar things start to happen to them. Billy’s best friend, policeman Sam Rotondo, had vowed to look after Daisy, and decides to follow them to protect them from nefarious criminals who target tourists. (FIVE STAR, Feb., 274 pp., $25.95)