While this book’s setup sounds interesting, too much talk and too little action makes the story drag and the constant discussion of Daisy’s hatred of Germans grows old quickly. The main redeeming feature of the story is Daisy’s ability to laugh at herself.
In 1921 Daisy Gumm Majesty finds that she can provide for her family by being pretending to be a spiritualist for people with more money than sense. She rationalizes her behavior because she has to take care of her husband Billy, who was hurt in the war. When a friend asks her to teach a cooking class, she is dumbfounded, but gamely agrees, expecting that she will make a mess of things. What she doesn’t expect, however, is for a student to disappear. As Daisy tries to help solve the mystery, she is shocked by what she finds. (FIVE STAR, Jun., 256 pp., $25.95)