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Let the ghosts speak—but will the sane heed their counsel?

In 19th century Paris, Justin Trotter, an immigrant from England, is making his way as a book translator while paying for his blind twin sister’s care. One evening, Marc Noël, Justin’s well-to-do friend and fellow thespian, invites him to a masquerade party at an abandoned schoolhouse. Justin hopes this will be an o
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published April 15th 2020 by Mountain Brook Fire
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Tracey Dyck
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve been around my blog/GR account for a while, you probably know one of my longtime favorite authors is Bryan Davis. His books first lifted me on the wings of dragons when I was twelve or thirteen, and I’ve been following his writing ever since. (Wow, I guess that’s half my life.)

So when I got the chance to read his latest book early and provide a review, you bet I jumped on it! Unlike many of his previous books, there are no dragons to be found here. But there are ghosts. And plot twists
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Alyssa Roat
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've always loved Bryan Davis's work, but this one I honestly think is his best so far. The setting is wonderful, the characters complex and captivating, and tone beautifully literary while also keeping you on the edge of your seat. ...more
Chad Pettit
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you take a master storyteller, a natural narrator, plenty of mystery, and some ghosts and send them all back in time? You get the audiobook version of Let the Ghosts Speak by Bryan Davis.

And what do you do when you get a copy of this fantastical treasure? You clear your schedule because you WILL NOT want to stop listening until you get to the end.

Let the Ghosts Speak is no cozy mystery. It starts out a bit slow but quickly drops the reader into the middle of a murder mystery. B
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Mackenzie Lockhart
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let the Ghosts Speak is very different than anything else Bryan Davis has written. However, if I had to compare it to something, it would probably fall somewhere between the serious voice of the truths covered about life and death in I Know Why the Angels Dance and the pure heart of Sapphira Adi that is slowly revealed in Eye of the Oracle. In Let the Ghosts Speak, we are plunged into the storyline of Justin Trotter who finds himself wrapped up in the middle of a murder while also somehow managi ...more
Sarah
There are times I feel like I've seen it all when it comes to the speculative fiction book world. When I am heavily convinced of the idea that there's nothing truly original anymore and the best books are merely those that best repackage the usual tropes. Then I read one of Bryan Davis's books and I realize that creativity and uniqueness are far from dead and Davis is somehow getting a double dose of both. The results can be weird, I'll admit. This book is weird. But given that this is the same ...more
James
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, crime-novels
A haunting tale of murder and betrayal set in 19th century France.

The story has a framing device of a detective investigating a vicious crime, and a narrator sharing a tale in his own defense. Much like Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis), the narrator's perspective colors the facts and leaves the reader wondering how much is entirely true, and how much the narrator has misinterpreted.

For those familiar with the author, this is much deeper and artistic than his usual offerings. He's written many ent
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Autumn Grayson (Author)
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hello everyone. Recently I was given the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let The Ghosts Speak is a mystery story set in 19th century Paris. The protagonist is Justin Trotter, an orphaned English immigrant doing his best to provide for himself and his little sister. Justin’s faced tragic circumstances before, but he endures far worse after attending a party where his friend’s mother is found dead. Unfortunately, Justin is a prime suspect, and must navigate ghostly entiti
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Ava
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own-keep
I am a long time fan and this new novel does not disappoint! Let the Ghosts Speak is a historical, mystery with supernatural elements. The story and writing engulfed me on a thrilling and puzzling tale! (Just a heads up, there are some heavy and mature topics mentioned in the book so I would say this is appropriate as an older YA or adult novel.) The main character, Justin Trotter, is a translator and actor who is in the wrong place at the wrong time while at a party that completely changes his ...more
Hope McPherson
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a bit of a fan of Mr. Davis’ books, I was asked by a publicity manager from Mountain Brook Ink to give an honest review of "Let the Ghosts Speak" for the eBook release this April 15th. Review may contain spoilers.

"Let the Ghosts Speak" was definitely a new area of Mr. Davis’ literary works that I wasn’t familiar with. I adored and fell in love with his Dragons in Our Midst series and following saga. In fact, I ate up every dragon related book he published. "Let the Ghosts Speak" sadly did not
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Alyssa
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let the Ghosts Speak is a perfect blend of supernatural and historical (I KNOW), bringing in some well-known historical figures as ... yup ... ghosts. Shocking, I know. Anyways, I absolutely loved the feel of the book and how there was a balance between the historical and the supernatural - which is something that we all love. It takes place in Paris in the 1800s and I just absolutely adored the setting. Definitely a perfect setting for the book! (ahem. catacombs.)

Justin Trotter is our narrator.
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Kat Watson
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Wandering in the hallways of this author’s illusions.”
“The ghosts tell me that few remember. Remember him for the good man he was.”
“The girl’s face stayed on my mind like a haunting specter.”
“A dull thump shook my attention to a place unseen beyond the boundaries of the candlelight.”
“Only when love conquers all bitterness and all dread will you be able to let the ghosts speak.”

Full of intrigue and mystery, this book is full of captivating quotes of which I only listed a few. This most certainl
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Meagan Myhren-Bennett
Let the Ghosts Speak
By Bryan Davis

Justin Trotter seems like your average hard-working individual. But as we get into the book, we learn that he and his twin sister Justice were sent from England to France following the execution of their father and their mother's disappearance. The book appears to be a journal of Justin's life in Paris and addressed to his mother.

Justin has become friends with Marc Noël, a young man of means who insists that Justin join a party that his mother is hosting in a so
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Taylor Boettcher
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bryan Davis has always been one of my (if not my absolute) favorite authors. His books are always gripping, adventurous, and fantastic in the way of character development. I often find myself wanting to know more about the individuals background, than the next step in the story.

Let the Ghosts Speak is one of the best by Davis. I was finding myself engulfed in the world, and even went to looking up some of the history that took place around the timeframe of the story. David's book got me into wan
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Darcia Helle
Nineteenth century Paris, ghosts, murder, and madness is an irresistible combination.

I immediately bought this audiobook when I came across it while browsing Chirp’s limited time deals. So glad I did. The story is unique and kept me totally entertained.

All the characters are complex and realistic. Justin Trotter, our narrator, gets caught up in a murder investigation that points to him as the killer, while Joan of Arc’s ghost and others attempt to help him solve the case. Soon his friends are qu
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Katie W
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy and paranormal
4 stars

Le the Ghosts Speak was a book quite unlike anything I've ever read before. One of the most unique things is that it doesn't quite fit into a particular genre; rather, it seems to be a mashup of historical fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Overall, it was a well executed book. The story line was skillfully thought out and developed, and it's really a brilliant plot. The writing style fits the book wonderfully. It is, however, a very dark story, with events spiraling further out of the main ch
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Keegan
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always look forward to new books from Bryan Davis, and Let the Ghosts Speak was no exception. Let me tell you, this book does not disappoint! Every time I picked it up, I didn't want to put it down. The story line is unique (though one might consider comparing it with the classic A Christmas Carol), and the storytelling is some of if not the best I've read recently. To say more could lead to spoiler territory. Ultimately, this book proves to be both suspenseful and thought-provoking. If you're ...more
Carolena
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has followed Mr. Davis since the debut of Dragons in Our Midst, I was extremely excited to pre-order this book and eagerly awaited its release date. The book was immediately suspenseful from the beginning and held the suspense right up until the end. I wound up staying up the entire night to read the entire book because it was impossible to put down. This book was a very thought-provoking and emotional read. I wouldn't recommend this for someone who is young, and would suggest tha ...more
Jeremy
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Mr. Davis works to date (because they are all above par). This is by far one of the best books that he has written, and one of the most unique. Although, it has taken me longer to read this one than most, it is more because it is so well written and intriguing that I want to slow down and savor the story, especially when it has a mystery involved. If you want to read one of his best books, then this what you should read.
G. Connor Salter
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful combination of detective tale, gothic ghost story and historical fiction. Davis creates highly compelling characters and a number of plot twists which come out of nowhere yet make sense in hindsight. Terrific read.
Kathy Wortham
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The details of Parisian life in the mid-century and the story are very well written. That is the biggest part of my rating. Reading the 'cover' story I had expected more and various ghosts. This centers on four to six ghosts who appear and disappear. They all have a moral or something they need to learn before judgement is passed. What happens to this poor guy is downright evil in it's plotting. The killer does not get to enjoy reaping the riches and in dying implicates the main character. With ...more
Nick
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you like good books? Do you like mystery stories? Do you like spooky stories? If you answered yes to any of the preceding questions. This book has all of that in a historical setting. You won't be able to put it down. I started it, forgot the time, looked at the clock, and was done! ...more
Miralee
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Victoria Howell
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is Bryan Davis's dream book to write! A unique tale! ...more
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Bryan Davis is one of my favorite Christian fantasy writers. Justin Trotter sees ghosts. But blind affection may be the death of him.
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Bryan Davis is the author several speculative-fiction series, including Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, The Reapers Trilogy, The Time Echoes Trilogy, Tales of Starlight, and Dragons of Starlight.

Bryan lives in western Tennessee with his wife, Susie. Bryan and Susie have homeschooled their four girls and three boys.

Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S.
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