Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. Read more...
Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. She dreams of taking root somewhere, someday, but, until she can, she makes her way by reading tarot cards. Yet she never imagined her own life would take such a turn
After one of her father s medical miracles goes deadly wrong, Ruby evades authorities by hiding in the seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine, where her estranged aunt, Honoria, owns the Hotel Belden, a unique residence that caters to Spiritualists a place where Ruby should be safe as long as she can keep her dark secret hidden.
But Ruby s plan begins to crumble after a psychic investigator checks into the hotel and senses Ruby is hiding more than she s letting on. Now Ruby must do what she can to escape both his attention and Aunt Honoria s insistence that she has a true gift, before she loses her precious new home and family forever "
- ISBN-13: 9780425281604
- ISBN-10: 0425281604
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 352
Series: Change of Fortune Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Old Orchard, Maine, at the turn of the 20th century provides the setting for Estevao's excellent series launch. Tarot card reader Ruby Proulx and her father split up after the Invigorizer, an electrical device used in her father's traveling show, electrocutes a young man they asked to be a permanent part of the Invigorizer act. Heeding her father's advice, Ruby heads for Orchard Beach, where her late mother's estranged sister, Honoria Belden, runs a hotel. Honoria's summer business looks to be ruined when her in-residence medium fails to show, so Ruby uses her well-honed cold reading and con skills to pretend to be psychic. The arrival of a fraud investigator, the murder of a guest, and the agendas and secrets of various other players keep the plot turning. The richness of the character backstories allows Estevao to strike a perfect balance, neither relying on a deus ex machina ending nor telegraphing the solution too early. Under the name Jessie Crockett, Estevao is the author of the Sugar Grove mysteries (A Sticky Situation, etc.). Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Sept.)