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Tuesday
Aug272019

Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao

Why I read this book:

My yearly trip to the Maine Crime Wave always involves picking up a new book by an author I've not read before. When I saw Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao on the bookseller's table, I was immediately drawn in by the cover featuring a woman in 19th century clothing with the Old Orchard Beach pier in the background. When I read the description and saw the main character was a Proulx from Canada, I decided to buy the book. As it happened Jessica Estevao was at the Crime Wave and was very approachable.

My one sentence summary:

Sometimes the voices in our heads are the most sane.

Kudos:

I loved the world building of the period and appreciated a lot of the little details about dress and customs. The romance between Ruby and Yancy was entertaining. I look forward to it developing further in the series. The paranormal flares give this mystery a unique flavor. It reminded me of Mary Robinette Kowal's series Glamourist Histories, which I loved.

Quibbles:

This book is written in first person alternating between Ruby and Yancy's points of view. It was a little difficult to orient myself at first when the point of view changed.

Final verdict:

This is a series I will likely keep reading. I'm awaiting Ruby's reunion with her con artist father and finding out about Yancy's time in the service that so changed his personality according to his sister. Many fun personalities with a dash of the paranormal. 

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