Monday, September 5, 2016

Cozy Monday

Whispers Beyond the Veil (Change of Fortune Mystery #1) by Jessica Estevao (Berkley Prime Crime trade paperback, 6 September 2016).  

Ever since her mother died, Ruby Proulx has been travelling with her father, a snake-oil salesman, picking up a little money for herself by doing tarot readings.  After one of her father's get-rich-quick schemes ends in disaster, Ruby goes to Old Orchard, Maine to find her mother's sister Honoria Belden.

Old Orchard is a seaside resort experiencing a boom during the Gilded Age.  Many luxurious new restaurants and hotels are flourishing due to an influx of wealthy tourists. Ruby's aunt owns the Hotel Belden, which is unfortunately not one of the large new structures.

Unfortunately, the Hotel Belden is not new, nor does it have the fancy amenities that some of the newer hotels have.  In an effort to compete, Honoria has decided to cater to Spiritualists, with a staff including a numerologist, an astrologer, and other psychic practitioners, only a few of whom have arrived.

When one of the consultants is found dead on the beach, Ruby is worried about the effect it will have on her aunt's health, as well as her business.  When another death occurs, Ruby determines to find out exactly what's going on.

Ruby is an intelligent and appealing protagonist, and readers will be eager to see how her investigation fares. 

The publisher has generously offered a copy of Whispers Beyond the Veil  to one of my readers.  Please comment below before 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 12th.  Entries from the US only, please.  
Please don't forget to include an email address where I can contact you if you win!

FTC Full Disclosure:  Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book.


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    1. I think it's as good as it looks, but I can't enter your name in the drawing without a valid email address.

  2. Sounds like a series I would read and enjoy!!

  3. I love period set books. This one sounds like one I would definitely get into. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

    1. Thanks for reading Stuff and Nonsense, Robin!