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.