cover image The Other Side of Midnight

The Other Side of Midnight

Simone St. James. NAL, $14 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-451-41949-1

St. James (The Haunting of Maddy Clare) stages a thoroughly gripping murder mystery in the spiritualist world of 1920s London. Ellie Winter and her mother were well-known mediums until they were discredited by psychic researcher James Hawley. Since her mother's death, Ellie has kept a low profile as a finder of "lost things." But the murder of Gloria Sutter, a famous psychic and Ellie's onetime friend, brings back more than memories. Gloria's brother, George, wants Ellie to investigate her death. James warns Ellie not to trust George%E2%80%94and offers his own help. Under increasing pressure from George and the unnerving interest of Scotland Yard, Ellie fears she's losing what little psychic ability she has. Each secret she and James uncover brings them closer to the truth, and deeper into danger as dark family history is revealed. St. James's intense story drips with atmosphere and emotion. Set in the time between world wars when spiritualist belief ran high, this briskly paced mystery offers action, romance, and a puzzle that proves talking to the dead isn't a game%E2%80%94and can be deadly. (Apr.)