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.