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Summary

As a young woman widowed by World War I, Raissa James is no stranger to ghosts. But when an invitation arrives from Caoin House, her uncle's estate in Mobile, Alabama, she's finally ready to cast off the shadows of her past. And what better way to do so than with a grand party in her honor? An aspiring authoress, Raissa's eager to soak up more of life - and immerse herself in the dark history that haunts the estate.

But the revelries come to an abrupt end when one of her uncle's guests takes a deadly plunge. And when a ghost from the property's past, a Confederate soldier, reveals himself to Raissa, she's more determined than ever to get to the heart of the mysterious deaths that plague Caoin House. Enlisting the help of Reginald Proctor, a self-proclaimed medium, she holds a séance to shed light on old secrets. But she discovers that some secrets, even those long dead, still have a startling hold on the living....

©2016 Carolyn Haines (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Gwen J.
  • 13-11-16

Fabulous listen!

This selection was thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyed. A great whodunit, quite refreshing. Carly Robins did commendable job.

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  • Chuck
  • 18-08-17

I thought it was just okay.

Many of the catch phrases and words she used were to modern to fit in to a story set a hundred years ago. the story was interesting but a bit of a stretch at times. I got into the book so far I just had to hang on and listen until the end. I could not wait to for it to finish.

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  • Buttons
  • 07-11-16

Excellent Story

This is one of the best stories I have read in a while! Love Miss Haines!!!

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  • carina
  • 27-08-16

Good Ghost Story

I was surprised by the awareness that in the 1920s, the Civil War was only 60 years past. So many big changes: automobiles, women's fashions, WWI, prohibition. Yet, this story in Mobile, Alabama shows that a lot hadn't changed. The importance of bloodlines, Ku Klux Klan, social status/reputations, and long-time secrets kept for generations. The Book of the Beloved was a secret that kept departed souls from moving on to find peace. They're waiting for truths to be told concerning evil deeds of grandfathers; stolen Choctaw children sold as slaves or murdered, lonely wives with their slave male prostitutes while husbands were off at war. Much is revealed when a young women who sees ghosts visits her uncle's estate. She eventually unravels the mystery and motive for the death a man fallen from the roof during one of her uncle's parties. Seances, scary attic adventures, a kidnapping, all woven together to make an intriguing tale of ghosts and a smart young woman detective. Most enjoyable.

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  • Brenda S
  • 29-07-18

Good story. I just had some issues with it.

I'm not sure if it was just me not focusing or something about the book, but for whatever reason i did have a hard time focusing at pivotal points. I had a hard time following who was related to who when the plot was unfolding. kinda important in tbis book.

Also I did think the gay topic was a bit too much in the face of all the other things going on. I'm not saying there weren't gay people back then but there were a lot less. Plus it seems like the major characters are usually (in other books as well) ok with it. Seriously, at this time in history this would doubtfully be the case.

I did like the ghost part of the book even though they were mostly malevolent.

I also thought the narrator did a good job.

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  • Tricia A. Chavez
  • 20-07-18

Unfocused but Charming

The narrator was excellent, really giving the feel of the south. The story had some very good elements but it was all over the place. Too many unnecessary scenes and side trips. It took way too long for anything to come together. Is the main character an author, a teacher, a detective? Unfocused but charming disappointment.

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  • Patricia Terry
  • 12-02-18

Wow

Crazy great plot. Spooky mystery. Intriguing, scandalous, and haunting. The plot twist at the end surprised me greatly.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-10-17

A good read

Good mix of occult and mystery. I loved the overall story. Well done Me Haines

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  • Shari S.
  • 25-09-17

A Hot Mess But Really Mesmerizing

This book is a mystery set in the upper-class world of Mobile, AL, right after WWI. But it is the ugly side of the still lingering Civil War issues that really matter in this book. It is a rather shocking story, a combination of Agatha Christie, a lurid pulp fiction book, and a paranormal story (Darcy Coates maybe). The first scene with Raissa in the attic was terrifying. The supernatural is quite scary in the novel. The problem for me was that the paranormal did not really need to be there for this to be a great Kate Morten style mystery. I think the author was writing two different books at the same time. And the fact that it was going to be apparently a series as the ending indicates really surprised me. Sure enough there is a book 2 which I downloaded immediately. So much potential and I am very curious about Raissa's next move. The reader is great at all the voices. No regrets on listening to this one even with the issues mentioned above.

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  • Jennifer
  • 19-09-17

A brilliant start to an amazing new series!

I am so pleased to have discovered this book and it's sequel. if you are looking for a nice murder mystery and a ghost story or two, grab this book! I can't wait for more in the series!