Image of The Spiritualist: : A Novel


Image of The Spiritualist: : A Novel

Set in the mid-1800s and capturing that era's fascination with the spirit world, this gripping historical mystery captures both the physical setting of the time and its emotional and psychological underpinnings. Table-tipping, spirit-writing, seances and mediums were the stars of their day. The precarious position of women dependent almost entirely on their fathers and then husbands is clear. A complicated plot and characters make this a book you can't put down. Chance's research is complete yet so subtly used that the reader never feels lectured.

In 1856, Evelyn Atherton's rich husband is murdered. Evie never made a good society wife, and recently her husband had become fascinated by a charismatic medium, Michel Jourdain, the darling of at least part of the social set. When Evie becomes the prime suspect, she soon realizes she can't depend on either her late husband's family or their society friends. If she's going to clear her name, she'll have to retrace her husband's steps and go into the world of spirit rappers and others she can only believe are charlatans, even as she herself is identified as a medium. (THREE RIVERS PRESS, Jun., 432 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor