Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Haunted Mansion, Conan Doyle and Wilde as Sleuths and Murder

Conan Doyle receives an invitation to Thraxton Hall, a haunted mansion, for a meeting of the SPC, Society for Psychical Research. He accepts the invitation because a young woman, the owner of the mansion, asked for his help. She is a talented medium and in a vision saw herself being shot during a séance. She came to Conan Doyle because she recognized him sitting at the table.

Oscar Wilde can't resist the lure of a beautiful woman and a haunted mansion, so he tags along on the adventure. The mansion is suitably crumbling, filled with strange servants, and boasting a curse. Even the members of the SPC are a rather strange lot bent on antagonizing each other.

If you like paranormal mysteries, you'll enjoy this book. The plot is full of twists and the strange characters that contribute to the feeling of menace. Conan Doyle and Wilde make an irrepressible duo trying to solve the mystery before the medium is in fact murdered. If you object to historical characters being used in this rather frivolous way, you won't enjoy their antics, but if you put aside their real
personalities it is all rather amusing.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.