1872: Violet's mother earns her money by pretending to be a spiritualist, talking to the deceased relatives of the bored or desperate ones, who have enough money. It is all fake though, Violet and their orphaned Irish servant Colin are helping to set up the tricks. Then, out of a sudden, Violet does see ghosts for real, one of them, Rowena died a year ago and is trying to lead Violet to her murderer who seems to be among the guests of their host, Lord Jasper. All the while Violet is torn between two men, the reasonable choice: rich and charming and good looking or the choice of her heart: Colin, the boy she grew up with, who put spiders into her bed in their youth and whose kisses are making her knees weak, but from an even lower social step than herself.
I really loved the atmosphere of spiritualists, pretended seances and real ghosts at the end of the 19th century. The love story is quite foreseeable, but sweet nontheless. The language seemed a bit too modern in parts for me and some bits of the story are a bit too easy/ fast paced for my liking, but overall this was a great read. Love, humour and suspense in front of a historical background.
To me one of the highlights so far this year!