Daisy Gumm Majesty, the engagingly honest narrator, unflappable flapper and psychic, returns with her beloved war-scarred husband, her ordinary family and her protective friend and unspoken love, Detective Sam Rotondo. Daisy's making a good living holding séances for the rich and famous, but this time her assignment is to oust a ghost.

Daisy doesn't think for a moment that the mansion is haunted, but neither is she prepared to deal with the problems of the desperate runaway she finds and aids. Daisy juggles her home life, the suspicions of Sam and the amorous adventures of her assumed charge without a clue to the possible outcomes of helping a teen runaway.

With flair, Alice Duncan again throws open the window on the Roaring Twenties, capturing the era's romance, and its endearing innocence and sinfulness with highly readable prose and stylish good humor. Sweet (Jul., 317 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger