It’s 1922 in sunny Pasadena, a perfect setting for moviemaking and mayhem. An intriguing plot with ample twists moves along at a fast pace to the startling ending. This is the fifth book in the Spirits series and returning characters are here in all their glory. New characters add their unique flavor to the mix.
Daisy Gumm Majesty is a spiritualist. Only her family and closest friends know she is a fraud, although she does possess enough talent to conduct a grand séance. She’s been commissioned to hold a séance for the grandmother of a famous movie star. When he and his co-star, the spoiled Lola de la Monica, start receiving threatening letters, Daisy is already on the scene to babysit the hysterical actress. Unfortunately, so is the ever-present detective Sam Rotondo. (FIVE STAR, Jul., 275 pp., $25.95)