Book Review: The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker

Book Review: The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker Review by Dawn Thomas 350 Pages Publisher: Palladino Books General Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy, Historical Fiction The book takes place in 1899 and is narrated by Tomaso Labella, a sixteen-year-old photographer. During a séance, Tomaso takes a photo of Alessandra Poverelli levitating a table. When Camillo Lombardi, a wealthy skeptic, sees the photo, he travels to Naples to discredit her. After attending a séance, Lombardi becomes a believer and finances a European tour for Alessandra and Tomaso. During the tour, Nigel Huxley, the grand inquisitor for the London Society for the Investigation of Mediums, confronts Alessandra. He believes she is a con artist and tries to prove she is an impostor. The story was inspired by the true-life story of Eusapia Palladino (1854 – 1918). She was an illiterate woman from Naples. She was able to levitate tables, ring bells, and materialize body parts and full forms. The story was well written and the characters were well defined. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from this author.

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladsone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alexandra Gladstone is a doctor and travels to her see her patients on her mare, Lady and with her dog, Zack. Several men die under mysterious conditions in Newton_upon_Sea. They were all wearing a white Freemason apron with a smear of blood. It is Alex’s job to determine the cause of death and their connection to each other. Everything seems to revolve around the Freemason temple, The Temple of the Ninth Daughter. After one evening visit, she fears someone is following her. She tries to run away and falls into a ravine. It is up to Nancy, her maid, the two young stable boys and Lord Dunsford to find her. The story takes place during Victorian times when a woman doctor is unable to perform some duties her male counterparts can do. This is the fifth book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. The author’s writing style flows very well and the suspense keeps the reader’s attention. The characters each have their own personality and they interact well…

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Medium Dead An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 178 Pages Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Alvina Elwold is a medium with a reputation. Queen Victoria hears of her and travels to Newton-upon-Sea for a séance. Before the séance can be conducted, Alvina is found murdered in the cemetery. Lady Forsythe, along with the rest of the household, is under a lot of stress having the Queen as a guest. Alexandra has her hands full with patients. Lord Nicholas Dunford asks Doctor Alexandra Gladstone to see his mother, Lady Forsythe, . He fears she is having a heart attack. When Alexandra examines his mother, she determines it is not a heart attack but a severe case of shingles. Young Beaty believes he murdered Alvina. His wife, Wilma, does not believe him and asks Alexandra to see Constable Snow to have Young Beaty released. There are twists and turns in this story, which leave you wondering who killed Alvina. This is the second book in the Alexandra Gladstone mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will enjoy this series.

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul

Book Review Symptoms of Death An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery by Paula Paul Review by Dawn Thomas 260 Pages CreateSpace Independent Publishing/Amazon Digital Services LLC Mystery, Suspense, Historical, British Detectives, Women Sleuths The story takes place in Victorian times. Doctor Alexandra Gladstone has replaced her father as the physician for Newton-upon-Sea. While attending a dinner, Elsie, a young kitchen maid runs into the dining room ranting and waving a kitchen knife. She blames Lord of Dunford for killing her lover, George. The next morning, the Lord is found dead and Elsie is to blame. While investigating the death, Alexandra gets a note to meet Quince, the leader of a bunch of ruffians. The note says she is to meet him at the pier after dark. Quince is there waiting for her but soon after see arrives, someone jumps them and Alexandra’s dog, Zack is injured. The following morning, two boys arrive at the surgery in need of medical attention for dog bites. Alexandra knows the boys are the same ones involved in the scuffle the night before. She believes they know something that would put them in danger. The day of Elsie’s trial arrives and the murderer still has not be…