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Fine Spirits (Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery #2)
by Alice Duncan
Daisy Gumm Majesty is a spiritualist and con artist. When she comes across the phantom "haunting" Mrs Bissel's basement she thinks it may be the missing heiress Marianna Wagner, desperately fleeing her unhappy home, so what should she do?
Paperback, 317 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Zebra
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I love Daisy Gunn - spiritualist to the rich of 1920's Pasadena. Daisy freely acknowledges to her friends and family that she is a fake, but she sees her job as offering relief to those who have lost loved ones in the war. In this outting, one of her clients calls her to exorcise a ghost in her basement. Soon Daisy is involved in a case of a missing heiress and the adventure is off and running. A GREAT SERIES
Although this is number two in a charming mystery series set in 1920's Pasadena, it is not particularly a mystery itself. Packaged as a romance, it's not really a romance, either. Spiritualist Daisy Gumm Majesty is called upon to exorcise a ghost from the basement of one of her clients. Since Daisy doesn't believe in ghosts, she's sure something all too real is causing the noises. Still, she has her family, including the husband who was so badly wounded in the Great War, to support, so she'll do ...more
When Daisy's husband comes home from WWI wheelchair-bound and unable to breathe well, she remembers she was always good with the Ouija board and becomes a spiritualist for the rich in Pasadena. (She needs to earn a living.) In this novel, a woman asks for her help ridding her basement of a ghost about the same time a debutante goes missing. This is the second book I have read by this author. I enjoy her characters, but I keep coming back because of the main character's stream of consciousness na ...more
I'm not sure about this series. It's promoted as a 'rolicking' type of mystery novel and the heroine is an admittedly fake spiritualist, in the 1920's. But there are serious issues addressed in this one: notably the suffering of her husband, who was crippled in WWI. I liked this book better than the first one I read of the series. It might be an example of the wisdom of reading through a series in order, as I believe the one I read comes later.
Very fun book. Maisy is hired to get rid of a basement ghost in a rich lady's house in 1920's Pasadena. There is not much of a mystery going on, more solving a situation. The author's writing style is where I have a problem with her books. The basic plot is good, but she goes on and on repeating the main character's thoughts over and over. I guess it is a way to make the book long enough? Or maybe it is really a YA book? I like Maisy's gutsiness and her language, and the setting, enough to proba ...more
Book 2 in the Daisy Gumm series has Daisy being asked to rid Mrs. Bissell's cellar of a spirit, Although Daisy says she doesn't do exorcisms, she agrees to investigate and gets herself entangled in a scheme to aid a missing girl. Detective Sam Rotondo fears Daisy is involved and tries to catch her out. Daisy and her friends go behind his back to protect the girl. There are developing issues concerning Daisy's disabled husband and a cute puppy she hopes will help alleviate his depression. Not rea ...more
Another Daisy Gum Majesty down the hatch! These books are just a fun, light read but also very interesting. I do enjoy the descriptions of just about everything, from the frustration of the old Model T and Brown the horse who doesn't want to always go to the very real problems of living with a spouse in constant pain. But her attitude is always very upbeat.
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