Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Medium Dead

Medium DeadAbout Medium Dead

On Sale: April 14, 2015
Pages: 188
Published by : Alibi
Sure to delight readers of Jacqueline Winspear and Ellis Peters, Medium Dead features Queen Victoria herself—and she’s rumored to have slain a local psychic in Newton-upon-Sea. Now the task of clearing her name and catching the real killer falls to Dr. Alexandra Gladstone.
Under Victoria’s reign, women are barred from calling themselves physicians, but that hasn’t stopped Alexandra Gladstone. As the first female doctor in Newton-upon-Sea, she spends her days tending sick villagers in the practice she inherited from her father, with her loyal and sometimes overprotective dog, Zack, by her side.
After the corpse of village spiritualist Alvina Elwold is discovered aboveground at a church boneyard, wild rumors circulate through the charming seaside village, including one implicating a certain regal guest lodging nearby. Tales of the dead Alvina hobnobbing with spirits and hexing her enemies are even more outlandish—but as a woman of science and reason, Alexandra has no doubt that a murderer made of flesh and blood is on the loose.
Finding out the truth means sorting through a deluge of ghostly visitors, royal sightings, and shifty suspects. At least her attentive and handsome friend Nicholas Forsyth, Lord Dunsford, has come to her aid. Alexandra will need all the help she can get, because she’s stumbled upon dangerous secrets—while provoking a deadly adversary who wants to keep them buried.
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Review: I love historical mysteries and the Alexandra Gladstone series is one I'm glad to have discovered. Medium Dead is the fourth book in this series. It is a stand alone novel, but in some cases I wished I could have read one of the previous books so I could get a better understanding of some of the relationships that were already established in this series especially Alexandra and Nicholas, because there's definitely something going on there.

This book is set in Victorian times and features Queen Victoria as a character and as a murder suspect!

Alexandra is the local doctor, though the times do not allow herself that. She's really a smart lady, as she should be for the job she holds. Her assistant, Nancy is really quite spunky too. Then there's Nicholas, Lord Dunsford, who is her love interest in a round about way. I say that because he's a peer of the realm and she's working class and though she's very good at what she does, Nicholas' mama does not approve.

They are setting out to discover who murdered the local medium, a lady found viciously slain in the local cemetery. The Queen is suspect and Nicholas' mom seems to know more about the killing than she lets on.

At under 200 pages, this story is rather fast paced. I loved the characters and setting of the story. I can't not mention the cover art to this book. It is so fantastically creepy. It's perfect for storyline.

I look forward to seeing what happens to Alexandra next and to read the previous books.

Rating: 5 flowers

5000597About Paula Paul

Award-winning novelist Paula Paul was born on her grandparents’ cotton farm near Shallowater, Texas, and graduated from a country high school near Maple, Texas. She earned a BA in journalism and has worked as a reporter for newspapers in both Texas and New Mexico. She’s been the recipient of state and national awards for her work as a journalist as well as a novelist. Her previous novels featuring Dr. Alexandra Gladstone, includingSymptoms of Death, have appeared on bookstore and online bestseller lists. She is also the author of the Mystery by Design series, which she wrote as Paula Carter. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

This one is going on my TBR list for a weekend getaway this summer - it sounds so good!

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Unknown said...

Hi there - I read this, too. A little different, I thought. I liked the characters.
@dino0726 from 
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