Author Michael Nethercott has had his fiction work appear in numerous magazines and anthologies including Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year, Thin Ice, and Crimestalkers Casebook. He is a past winner of The Black Orchid Novella Award, The Vermont Playwrights Award, and the Clauder Competition (Best Vermont Play) and a Shamus Award nomine. He lives with his family in Vermont and The Seance Society is his latest work.
A Brief Summary:
It’s 1956, and Lee Plunkett has taken over the family business as a private investigator despite his reluctance to follow in his father’s footsteps. When murder intrudes on a group of ghost seekers, Lee is asked to solve the case by a cop on the verge of retirement. At the urging of his perpetual fiancée Audrey, Lee enlists the help of Mr. O’Nelligan, a scholarly Irishman with a keen eye for solving mysteries.
The duo is drawn into a murder investigation involving the “Spectricator,” a machine designed to communicate with the dead. Soon, Plunkett and O’Nelligan are knee-deep in a suspect pool that includes a surly medium, a former speakeasy queen, a mysterious Spanish widow, and a whole slew of eccentric servants.
A nicely done whodunit: If you like novels similar to golden age mystery novels such as the work by Agatha Christie, you will enjoy this. The story happens in a small town in Connecticut in 1956 with a group of original characters and many motives among the suspects. We liked this book…it is well-plotted and well-written!
Our Rating: 3.7