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Sometimes truth is the greatest illusion of all.

In a cold January morning in 1856, Evelyn Atherton's husband is found murdered after attending an exclusive séance. Having "married up" into New York society, Evie herself is the immediate suspect. Ostracized and vulnerable, she knows that to clear her name she must retrace her husband's last steps. And so, joining forces with her husband's best friend — and the only Manhattan lawyer who will accept her case — Evie dives into the mysterious underworld of the occult.

Before long, the trail brings them to a charismatic medium, Michel Jourdain. Evie's instincts tell her the smooth-talking Jourdain is a charlatan — and her only hope for exoneration. But getting close to Jourdain means embracing a seductive and hypnotic world where clues to murder come through the voices of the dead.

Caught in a perilous game in which she is equal player and pawn, predator and victim, Evie finds there is no one to trust, perhaps not even herself. As her powerful in-laws build a case against her, and with time running out, Evie must face the real ghosts of her past if she is to have any hope of avoiding the hangman.

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"Set in 1857 New York City, this erotically charged chiller from Chance (An Inconvenient Wife) features spirit rappings, table tippings, deception and murder among its titillating treats. Michel Jourdain, a captivating Creole medium, has enthralled Dorothy Bennett, a sickly society matron who holds regular 'spirit circles' to communicate with deceased loved ones. At one sance — attended by Evelyn 'Evie' Atherton; Peter, her attorney husband, whom people suspect she married for his fortune; and Ben Rampling, Peter's law partner — an errant pistol shot nearly kills Michel. Suspecting the misfire was no accident, Peter determines to investigate, but winds up dead from a knife wound in the East River just days later. When society shuns the upstart Evie, who's charged with Peter's murder, Ben offers his legal assistance. Dorothy gives Evie refuge at her mansion, where the seductive Michel, whom Dorothy plans to adopt, instructs Evie in spiritualism. Evie's eerie discovery that the thirst for justice can reach beyond the grave enhances the neat resolution." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The Spiritualist sweeps the reader into the richly detailed world of upstairs/downstairs New York City of the 1850s. The heroine's life and sanity are at stake in this unique murder mystery, and compelling characterization and clever plot twists abound. There's not a ghost of a chance that Megan Chance's enthralling story will let you put it down." Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boleyn

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"[The Spiritualist is] a suspenseful tale of dark obsession and erotic mysticism...Intricate plotting and elegant characterizations will keep readers turning the pages faster and faster toward the startling, unexpected conclusion." Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

Review:

"The Spiritualist is darkly mesmerizing historical suspense infused with a fabulously seductive supernatural atmosphere and riveting authenticity." Amanda Quick, New York Times bestselling author

Synopsis:

Acclaimed author Chance weaves together a tale of murder and intrigue, class and the occult, as one woman's search for a killer reveals that truth may be the greatest illusion of all.

About the Author

Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is also the author of An Inconvenient Wife and Susannah Morrow. Visit her online at www.meganchance.com.

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Kristen M, March 2, 2010 (view all comments by Kristen M)
This story was engaging and well-written but I was a bit annoyed by the plot. After a short while, I started wondering if Chance was going to take the predictable route as to whom the murderer would turn out to be and I was right. This was still an enjoyable book despite the compulsion to shout "I knew it!"
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queenmirella, August 1, 2008 (view all comments by queenmirella)
On a cold night in January of 1957, at her husband Peter’s request, a highly sceptical Evelyn Atherton reluctantly attends a séance with him. Peter’s interest in spirit circles was born from the need to reach out to his dead mother. Evie wanted no part of the new craze where society’s elite paid great sums of money to commune with the dead through self-proclaimed mediums, or swindlers. Having been married for only three years, Evelyn had become unsettled over her husband’s apathy towards her. Was it because he married her even though she was far below his station?

During the séance, a gunshot resounds which barely missed Peter. Afterwards, Peter, departs in search of answers. Several days pass. Evie does not hear from Peter and she begins to worry. When Peter is found murdered, she learns that not only society, but her in-laws turn on her.

Her world takes on a nightmarish quality. Because she is of the lower classes, and because her marriage catapults her into the highest echelons of society, she becomes the primary suspect in his murder.

At the reading of the will, Evie learns Peter has left everything to her and has excluded his entire family. This, coupled with the knowledge of her estranged and dwindling relationship with her husband, convinces the police and his family she is responsible for his murder and is arrested.

Shunned by society, no one comes to her aid. To make matters worse, her entire inheritance is frozen pending trial. With no means, Evie struggles to find an attorney who will take her case. Peter’s law partner, Ben, comes to her aid and readily accepts the case. Dorothy Bennett, the wealthy socialite who arranged the ill-fated spirit circle posts bail and invites Evie to reside with her in the belief that the spiritualist who lives with her, Michael Jourdain, can contact Peter's spirit and learn the identity of the true murderer.

Convinced Michael is a fake, Evie comes to believe he is responsible for her husband’s demise. Only by living under the same roof with can she find her husband’s true murderer and prove her innocence. Soon after her arrival, Peter begins to appear in her nightmares and in visions. Each time, he warns her not to trust a man close to her. Evelyn is soon troubled by Michael Jourdain, whom she finds both intriguing and abhorrent. Confused by her burgeoning feelings, matters go from bad to worse when other members of the spiritualist community realize she is a true medium herself.

As time runs out and the time for trial nears, Evie finds herself trapped amidst duplicity, suspicion, charlatans, murderers, and lies. She must unravel the web of mystery and deceit soon, lest her own sanity be at risk and she succumbs to madness like her mother before her.

Megan Chance has successfully recreated the time and feel of old New York. In this delicious novel, she serves up a tale of desperation and despair while maintaining historical accuracy to accurately depict societal norms and beliefs and the desperation of the living to maintain contact with loved ones who have passed. This mystery novel has many twists and turns to keep readers enthralled to the very shocking, but satisfying end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307406118
Author:
Chance, Megan
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.02x5.16x.93 in. .68 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780307406118 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in 1857 New York City, this erotically charged chiller from Chance (An Inconvenient Wife) features spirit rappings, table tippings, deception and murder among its titillating treats. Michel Jourdain, a captivating Creole medium, has enthralled Dorothy Bennett, a sickly society matron who holds regular 'spirit circles' to communicate with deceased loved ones. At one sance — attended by Evelyn 'Evie' Atherton; Peter, her attorney husband, whom people suspect she married for his fortune; and Ben Rampling, Peter's law partner — an errant pistol shot nearly kills Michel. Suspecting the misfire was no accident, Peter determines to investigate, but winds up dead from a knife wound in the East River just days later. When society shuns the upstart Evie, who's charged with Peter's murder, Ben offers his legal assistance. Dorothy gives Evie refuge at her mansion, where the seductive Michel, whom Dorothy plans to adopt, instructs Evie in spiritualism. Evie's eerie discovery that the thirst for justice can reach beyond the grave enhances the neat resolution." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Spiritualist sweeps the reader into the richly detailed world of upstairs/downstairs New York City of the 1850s. The heroine's life and sanity are at stake in this unique murder mystery, and compelling characterization and clever plot twists abound. There's not a ghost of a chance that Megan Chance's enthralling story will let you put it down."
"Review" by , "[The Spiritualist is] a suspenseful tale of dark obsession and erotic mysticism...Intricate plotting and elegant characterizations will keep readers turning the pages faster and faster toward the startling, unexpected conclusion."
"Review" by , "The Spiritualist is darkly mesmerizing historical suspense infused with a fabulously seductive supernatural atmosphere and riveting authenticity."
"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed author Chance weaves together a tale of murder and intrigue, class and the occult, as one woman's search for a killer reveals that truth may be the greatest illusion of all.
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