Title: Whispers Beyond the Veil
First in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain...
Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. She dreams of taking root somewhere, someday, but, until she can, she makes her way by reading tarot cards. Yet she never imagined her own life would take such a turn...
After one of her father’s medical “miracles” goes deadly wrong, Ruby evades authorities by hiding in the seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine, where her estranged Aunt Honoria owns the Hotel Belden, a unique residence that caters to Spiritualists—a place where Ruby should be safe as long as she can keep her dark secret hidden.
But Ruby’s plan begins to crumble after a psychic investigator checks into the hotel and senses Ruby is hiding more than she’s letting on. Now Ruby must do what she can to escape both his attention and Aunt Honoria’s insistence that she has a true gift, before she loses her precious new home and family forever.
Author: Jessica Estevao
Series: A Change of Fortune Mystery
Published by Berkley Source: Publisher
Published: September 6, 2016
Genres: Historical Mystery
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Whispers Beyond the Veil fell way outside of the box of what I normally read. I did find the book engaging and entertaining. The author’s note at the end where Estevao explained what all was historically accurate was fascinating.
Following her father from town to town with a traveling medicine show is not the ideal life for a young woman. Sadly it is the only life Ruby has ever known, the only life her father has ever offered her. Most of the time she goes along with whatever scheme her father has found that will make them rich, even though the voice advises her accurately when she listens to it. Readers meet Ruby right before one of his ideas goes horribly wrong and she is the one left looking like the guilty party. Fleeing to her aunt’s hotel in the United States seems like the only option she has. Knowing she can’t tell her aunt the whole truth behind her unexpected appearance and not wanting to lie or be deceitful Ruby soon finds herself in a mess of half truths and white lies. All too familiar with the art of a con she finds life at the Hotel Beldan to be an opportunity to start fresh and be herself.
The part that was lacking for me was the mystery. I felt that that portion was a bit overwhelming and kind of all over the place. Ruby overheard several conversations that lead to motives behind the murders. She also seems to be more interested in investigating the murders than Yancy, the cop who is in charge of solving the cases. Yancy is all too easy persuaded to believe that Ruby is behind them with just a simple circumstantial suggestion from another. I do suppose crimes were investigated and solved differently in 1898.