THE PSYCHIC AND THE SLEUTH
Readers are sure to love this impressive latest offering from Dee and Devon. In Victorian England, loving another man is more scandalous than being a murderer, so Robert has always kept his proclivities a deep secret. But the gently disarming Oliver is an enticement he can’t resist. A deep mystery, a family scandal and a passion that can’t be denied, painted with lyrical language, all elevate this novel a step above the usual.
Inspector Robert Court was never happy with the execution of the rag-and-bones man who was charged with murdering his cousin. Something wasn’t right, but his superiors wouldn’t let him pursue it. Instead, he’s assigned to uncover fake psychics fleecing the wives of the local gentry. Oliver Marsh has parlayed his occasional flashes of insight into a successful con game of spiritualism, comforting himself by thinking he gives his clients solace. But when he runs into Robert, he experiences a terrifying psychic episode — all centering on Robert’s cousin. A true non-believer, Robert is drawn to the man who may be able to give him answers. Now they’re racing to find a murderer — and to keep anyone from knowing of their illicit passion. (SAMHAIN, Dec., 232 pp., $14.00)