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Whispers of Warning

(A Change of Fortune Mystery #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The latest in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…

Partially reformed con artist Ruby Proulx is starting to feel at home in her aunt’s seaside hotel. She loves the feeling of being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps her aunt keep her bu
Paperback, 323 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Book of Secrets
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
WHISPERS OF WARNING is the second book in Jessica Estevao's A Change of Fortune Mystery series, though it can easily be read standalone. This enjoyable character-driven novel set at the turn of the last century is as much historical fiction as it is mystery, with just a touch of the paranormal.

The women's suffrage movement of the late 1890s and the popularity of spiritualism at the time take center stage in this book. Clever and unconventional protagonist Ruby Proulx lives and works at her aunt'
Cindy Burnett
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I loved Jessica Estavao’s first book in this series, Whispers Beyond the Veil, and I have been anxiously awaiting her next one. As soon as I was approved for it by the publisher, I stopped reading my current read and started Whispers of Warning. Thankfully, Estavao’s second book did not disappoint, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did Whispers Beyond the Veil. To top it all off, the ending is spectacular; I was so pleased with the last paragraphs. Kudos to Estevao for writing such a magni ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Absolutely loving this series. Full review to come closer to release date.

4.5 Stars!
I was eagerly awaiting the release to the sequel Whispers Beyond the Veil. Having loved Estevao's debut historical mystery, I couldn't wait for more.

I can say with absolutely conviction the Whispers of Warning was everything I was hoping it would be. A touch of mystery. A hint of danger, and the historical feel that I most certainly crave with a slight edge of the paranormal to really keep
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
The second book in this series continues the trend of not having the murder happen until the midpoint of the book. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but my personal preference is to have things kick off within the first few chapters. As is, the investigation ends up feeling a bit too rushed and the discovery of clues too convenient. The characters are okay though I still feel they're lacking in emotional depth. Ruby, our heroine, is also still keeping some important secrets from the people who ...more
Mark Baker
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Between plans to open the new pier in Old Orchard, Maine, and suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge being in town, things are busy for Ruby Proulx. The Belden, the hotel her aunt owns, is completely booked. Then a guest is murdered. With the police focused on the pier opening, Sophronia finds herself trying to track down the killer. Can she do it?

Once again, I found myself caught up in turn of last century Maine. It’s a great look at life back then. The mystery took a little while to really take
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A historical thriller, the second book in the series and a new author for me. The history information is impressive and there are several themes which will take you on a journey back in times.
Ruby Proulx is settling into her new life as the physic medium at Belden, her Aunt Honoria's seaside hotel. A leader of the suffragist movement and a spiritualist, Sophronia Foster Elderidge arrives at the hotel. She plans a march for women's right to vote. The march takes places and violence erupts Later S
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, won
This was the second in a series in which I hadn't read the first book, but that in no way impacted my ability to enjoy this one. I will say that so much of the first book was referenced I did wonder how much of it was actually spoilers. I enjoyed this story immensely and found the time period and location to be really interesting. The characters themselves were excellently crafted and the bit of psychic spin they were centered against was right up my alley. My only issue with this murder mystery ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Whispers of Warning by Jessica Estevao is the second story in A Change of Fortune Mystery series. Ruby Proulx and her Aunt Honoria are thrilled when suffragist and spiritualist, Sophronia Foster Eldridge checks into the Belden for a month long stay (quite a coupe for the hotel). At a suffrage rally, Sophronia states she is writing a book about corruption and secret dealings by powerful men. She will sell her manuscript to the highest bidder and use the money to further suffrage movement. Despite ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A turn of the century [1899] story which involves Ruby, a medium, in a seaside hotel in Maine. The hotel is known for its psychics, spiritualists, etc. It is also a time for suffragists and a well-known one, along with many others, arrive in the seaside town to spread the word on women's right to vote. When the well-known woman is murdered, Ruby takes it upon herself to do some investigation.

The plot is not difficult to follow and the characters are of a variety of ages and types. This historic
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really hope there is a third book on it's way, because I'm in LOVE with this series! The characters are so intriguing, the plot lines sufficiently convoluted to leave you guessing until the big reveal, the history is well researched and expertly entwined, and the spiritualism is such an ingenious back drop for this series!! Kudos to Ms. Estevao on a unique series! This book finds Ruby in the midst of the polarizing time of suffrage, while trying to keep herself off the stage (literally) and as ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
almost 3.5 stars

Slow to get into the story. There is a lot of set up before the murder takes place at about halfway through. The characters are interesting with room to grow. The late nineteenth century time period is ideal for the hotel catering to spiritualists. I will definitely read more in the series.

I received a copy of this title from the publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
Sara Smith
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-reader ARC of this book through the Random First to Read program.

I didn't realize this was #2 in a series. It can stand alone since all of the author's comments to earlier events are explained in enough detail. I would prefer to read books in order though.

This historical fiction is during the suffragette movement. Honoria owns a seaside hotel and to make up for being a smaller business, she stands out by being a spiritual establishment with her own medium and other persons wh
"Whispers of Warning" is the second novel in Ms.Estevao's "Change of Fortune" Mystery series. This was the first novel in this series that I have read and I was not disappointed. It works well as a stand alone, but I want to go back and read the first one. Ruby Proulx is staying at her aunt Honoria's "metaphysically" hotel that caters to a certain type clientele. Ruby herself is a medium who is coming into her own powers. She finds herself in awe of a certain guest who is staying at her aunt's ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A slow and steady mystery where the character development is more important than the actual mystery. Which ended up working incredibly well for the author.
I enjoyed reading the thought processes of both leading lady, Ruby, and leading man, Yancey. I was so into seeing how the relationships developed and what was being revealed about several characters that I wasn't even particularly interested in seeing who the murderer was. It might also be that I felt no connection whatsoever to the victim, bu
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I read the first book in the Change of Fortune mystery series (Whispers Beyond the Veil) a month back in preparation for reading this, which I had requested from NetGalley based on the cover alone. I found Whispers Beyond the Veil to be a fun, intriguing start to a new series, and I was excited to get to the second book. As we all know, the whims of the reader can sometimes run amok, but having finally read this,
Jane Irish Nelson
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Possibly 3.5 stars. I liked this book. But I also had some reservations regarding it. Most disconcerting was the fact that not until about two-thirds of the way through the book did it give information showing exactly when it is set. Not even the blurb on the book or on the author's website includes that information. There are a few internal clues, but not terribly specific: Spiritualism is very popular, women did not yet have the vote, and Maine was a dry state. The other problem I had was that ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: daniele

Whispers of Warning
Change of Fortune Mystery, Book #2
By Jessica Estevao
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Brought to you OBS Reviewer Daniele


Partially reformed con artist Ruby Proulx is starting to feel at home in her aunt’s seaside hotel. She loves the feeling of being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps her aunt keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysic
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. Any reviews I give are done obligation free, and are unpaid… well, unless you count getting this book for free… but we won’t go there. ;-)

This is the second book in the ‘A Change of Fortune Mystery’ series, and I really enjoyed the first – ‘Whispers Beyond the Veil’. So it was therefore a relief when the second book was just as good.

Though, saying that, you’re probably wonderi
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Partially reformed con artist Ruby Proulx is starting to feel at home in her aunt’s seaside hotel. She loves the feeling of being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps her aunt keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysically inclined guests.

As Old Orchard prepares for the opening of their pier, the town starts to fill with people eager to be part of the festivities. One of those people is renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffr
Avery Daniels
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ruby has a good heart in spite of her con-artist rearing from her no-good father. She is afraid people will see through the attempts to be good and see the con she used to be. She doesn't even trust her own psychic abilities. Aunt Honoria is the family she always wanted, and will do anything for her. Officer Warren Yancy provides the potential love interest, he struggles with his growing feelings for her. Lucinda (Lucy) is Officer Yancy's sister who has become Ruby's fast friend and is a great s ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very good series. It is probably one of the most creative backgrounds/plots I have seen in a long time. I have to admit that when I saw this was available in the First to Read program, but the second in a series, I ran out and got the first book to read first. The first one is called Whispers Beyond The Veil. Now, you don't really need to read the first book, but I recommend it. You'll get to know the characters and the background a lot better. I am assuming that the way it ended that ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Whispers of Warning is the second book in A Change of Fortune Mystery series. I had not had the pleasure of reading the first novel, Whispers Beyond the Veil. Despite that I was able to jump right in without feeling as though I missed something. In this delightful series the heroine, Ruby Proulx, is a physic who finds herself from time to time drawn into the middle of a mystery, and what else can this modern girl do but solve it.

Whispers of Warning is set during the 1800's during the women's suf
I enjoyed the second book in this series just as much as the first. This is quickly shaping up to become one of my favourite series.

I love the character of Ruby. She is smart, and determined and despite her very checkered past, has the best of intentions most of the time. But I like that she is far from perfect and has moral dilemmas to deal with even as she tries so hard to go straight and be worthy of the wonderful new life her aunt and the Belden are offering her. It makes for very entertaini
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Although the second in the Change of Fortune series, Whispers of Warning functioned well as a stand-alone. I liked the setting--a spiritualist hotel with echoes of the real spiritualist towns of Lily Dale, NY and Cassadaga, Florida.

Ruby Proulx is happy to be living with her aunt in a hotel which offers various psychic readings to its guests. Ruby is a "clairaudient"--a voice guides her talent as a medium, and her abilities are growing.

When Sophronia Foster Eldridge arrives as a guest, Ruby is i
There's a lot of (well-done) backstory in this, making me think I should have started with #1. If I had, though, might not the backstory in #2 have become repetitive? At any rate, Ruby is now living with her Aunt Honoria and helping in the hotel, which has a niche as a destination for those who believe in spiritualism. Ruby has some gifts, but more skills honed by her years in medicine shows with her fraud of a father, and acts as the hotel medium. She and her best friend Lucy are excited when a ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I couldn't get into this book. When I applied through First to Read I did not realize it was the second in a series. It made it hard to know what was going on. So it truly is not the auther's fault but my own. It's very hard to start a series in the middle of it. It took me longer to read as I kept reading a few pages and stopping. I did this until I finally made myself finish it. Her writing seems good enough but hard to get to know a character that has already been built in a pre ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Second volume in the "Change of Fortune" series. Ruby Proulx is finally free of her snake-oil-touting con-artist father and is beginning to settle in at The Belden, her Aunt Honoria's seaside hotel. Ruby earns her keep as a psychic medium for the hotel’s demographic: guests inclined to believe in the supernatural and metaphysical.

When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge, is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Ruby takes it upon herse
Fraser Sherman
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The second in a paranormal mystery series about Ruby Proulx, a reluctant psychic working as a medium at her aunt's hotel. In this version, a prominent suffragette/medium (based, I suspect on Victoria Woodhouse), arrives, eager to use Ruby's skills to advance the cause but things go wrong (of course) and the suffragette winds up dead. With the police chief happy to close the book on this annoying woman, Ruby winds up taking point. This would get four stars if I like cozy series, but my taste work ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this even more than the first. I get annoyed by the trope of (view spoiler) ...more
Nancy H
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent second entry, this book in the 'Change of Fortune' series features Ruby Proulx and her aunt's seaside hotel as they try to solve the murder of one of the guests, an outspoken Spiritualist and suffragette. Ruby tries hard to solve the crime without anyone finding out about what she considers a shameful past. The plot is good, the characters are very well-drawn, the location is fabulous, and the historical notes about people's obsession with spiritualists and other paranormals is very ...more
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