The Queen visits a manor in Northern England. She is traveling incognito, with most of the villagers unaware that she is in the area. She has come to avail herself of the services of the local psychic/medium, Alvina Elwold. Her greatest wish is that she be able to contact her beloved Albert one more time.
The village, Newton-Upon-Sea, is the home of Dr. Alexandra Gladstone, a rarity in that profession during the time period. Victorian England forbade females to be awarded the status of ‘physician’. Only male doctors were granted that privilege. However, Alexandra learned everything her physician father could teach her in addition to the studies which she, as a woman, was permitted to take. A forward thinking and intelligent woman, Alexandra lives with her nurse/housekeeper/friend, Nancy and her loyal dog, Zack. In addition, the good doctor has two young boys in her employ who work and live in the stables.
Alexandra is called upon to view a body in her capacity of doctor. The deceased in the local psychic/medium, Alvina Elwold.
Alvina was found in the local cemetery with her throat cut. Whoever did it was not skilled with a knife and had made several attempts before succeeding… Alexandra feels she must investigate.
She enlists the assistance of her neighbor and friend Nicholas Forsyth, Lord Dunsford. He has made no secret of his feelings for Alexandra, and it is his family manor where there is rumored to be a ‘mysterious house guest’. The two of them, along with the ever-resourceful Nancy are on the case.
“Medium Dead” was littered with red herrings to keep the reader guessing. I enjoyed the novel despite the fact that I did figure out ‘whodunit’. I liked the interaction between the characters. Many were quirky, some were downright suspicious. The setting of this Victorian murder mystery was appropriately gloomy, with a gothic feel. “Medium Dead” was a fast read for two reasons. In addition to the fact that the story was quite short in length at under 200 pages, it was also a very entertaining, light read.
If you like reading historical mysteries with just a hint of romance, then “Medium Dead” should be right up your street. Although this is the fourth novel in the Alexandra Gladstone series, it reads very well as a stand-alone. I had not read the earlier titles and I found my enjoyment of the novel was unimpeded.
In the running for the The 2016 Edgar® Awards for Best Paperback/E-Book Original, “Medium Dead” proves to be an entertaining cozy mystery written with vivid historical detail.
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Paula Paul is the award-winning author of 25 novels for both children and adults. She also had a career as a newspaper journalist and has won several state and national awards in that field. A native Texan, she grew up on a cotton farm/ranch in Bailey County, a county named for her ancestor who died at the Alamo. She loves playing the piano and learning how to or about just about anything. Oh, and big family get-togethers with her two children and their families. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband.