Thursday, March 12, 2015

History Corner / Book Review:: Medium Dead by Paula Paul


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Random House via NetGalley
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


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Synopsis:


Sure to delight readers of Jacqueline Winspear and Ellis Peters, Medium Dead, features Queen Victoria herself €”and she's rumored to have slain a local psychic in Newton-upon-Sea. Now the task of clearing her name and catching the real killer falls to Dr. Alexandra Gladstone. 

Under Victoria's reign, women are barred from calling themselves physicians, but that hasn'€™t stopped Alexandra Gladstone. As the first female doctor in Newton-upon-Sea, she spends her days tending sick villagers in the practice she inherited from her father, with her loyal and sometimes overprotective dog, Zack, by her side. 

After the corpse of village spiritualist Alvina Elwold is discovered aboveground at a church boneyard, wild rumors circulate through the charming seaside village, including one implicating a certain regal guest lodging nearby. Tales of the dead Alvina hobnobbing with spirits and hexing her enemies are even more outlandish, €”but as a woman of science and reason, Alexandra has no doubt that a murderer made of flesh and blood is on the loose.

Finding out the truth means sorting through a deluge of ghostly visitors, royal sightings, and shifty suspects. At least her attentive and handsome friend Nicholas Forsyth, Lord Dunsford, has come to her aid. Alexandra will need all the help she can get, because she'€™s stumbled upon dangerous secrets, €”while provoking a deadly adversary who wants to keep them buried.


Review:

This was a nother 'can't put down' mystery! Set in Victorian England, while Queen Victoria is still in mourning, it provides a great bit of historical background for the time period, while providing an intriguiing mystery. As the clues keep leading the reader in different directions, you will be rapidly turning the pages, trying to figure out who is really the killer and what really happened. The characters are all interesting, and Paul does an excellent job in putting them correctly in time and place, adding to the feeling that you really are back in Victorian England! I'd love to see this series set into a TV drama series- there are SO many possibilities with that idea! It's perfect for reading by the fire on these rainy pre-Spring days!

I can't wait to chekc out the rest of the books in the series too- Symptoms of Death, An Improper Death, and Half a Mind to Murder. 


About the Author:

Paula Paul writes novels that touch the heart and challenge the mind. She has published 25 novels, some with major New York publishers and some with small presses. They include historical fiction, mysteries, YA and literary novels.

She is a native of Texas. She wasn't really born in Lubbock, as her profile info states. She was actually born outside of Lubbock on her grandparents' farm. She grew up on a ranch about 80 miles from where she was born and attended a country school where she graduated as valedictorian.

She has a degree in journalism and worked for several years as a print journalist, winning a number of state and national awards. She has also won national awards for her novels. Check out her website for more.

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