Harvey breaks away from her popular Drake Chronicles to bring fans the first in the saga of a young psychic in Victorian England. The story is engaging and the budding romance between Violet and Colin entertaining. But it is Harvey’s meticulous descriptions of the ghosts — real and conjured up by Violet’s duplicitous mother — that truly steal the show.
All Violet ever wanted was to break free from her mother’s charade that keeps her rag-tag family hanging on to the fringes of polite society. Violet’s mother is known as a popular medium, and with the help of Violet and the family’s servants perpetrates elaborate ruses to con grieving families. But when the group arrives at the estate of Lord Jasper, Violet begins to actually see ghosts. Now it is up to Violet to help the soul of a recently departed teenage girl find peace — and catch a murderer along the way! (WALKER, Jun., 352 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780802798398, HC, 12 & Up)