Ancient Spirits (Daisy Gumm Majesty Series #6)

Ancient Spirits (Daisy Gumm Majesty Series #6)

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by Alice Duncan

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Publishers Weekly
In Duncan’s sixth 1920s mystery featuring Pasadena, Calif., spiritualist medium Daisy Gumm Majesty (after 2011’s Genteel Spirits), Daisy’s wealthy pal, Harold Kinkaid, invites her on a Middle Eastern tour. Daisy’s unhappy WWI-vet husband, Billy, has committed suicide, leaving her morose and unable to tolerate food but willing to travel. Billy’s best friend, policeman Sam Rotondo, who feels responsible for Daisy, follows the two friends to Egypt, to protect them from villains who prey on tourists. While Duncan delivers little more than a fluffy colonialist travelogue with some clumsy bad guys thrown in for excitement, she does have a gift for creating character. Through grief, illness, and worry, unsophisticated Daisy displays abundant wit while wryly commenting on social mores between classes and between cultures. Cozy fans will find her simple, sweet, budding relationship with Sam refreshingly free of artifice. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Endearing spiritualist Daisy is off to Egypt in her sixth outing (after Genteel Spirits). [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]
Kirkus Reviews
A widow takes a trip to raise her spirits, only to walk into danger. Daisy Majesty is a good-hearted fake Pasadena spiritualist who lost her beloved husband Billy to suicide caused by the pain of his World War I wounds and gassing. Now she's so depressed that she hardly eats and restricts her visits to her wealthy longtime customer Mrs. Pinkerton. Her whole family, along with Billy's best friend, grumpy policeman Sam Rotondo, are very worried. But then her pal, Mrs. Pinkerton's son Harold, offers to take her on a trip to Egypt. After her family prods her to accept, the pair, posing as brother and sister, start off on the long, difficult journey. When they arrive in Egypt, they realize that it's too hot to do much sightseeing. So after a camel ride, a pyramid visit and a shopping expedition, they decide to leave for Turkey, much to the dismay of the Englishman who's attached himself to them. Daisy dislikes him and is not sorry to leave, but unfortunately she arrives in Turkey just in time to suffer a bad case of dysentery. In the meantime, Sam, who knows her predilection for getting into trouble (Hungry Spirits, 2010, etc.), has been writing to her, warning her of criminal activity in the area. He arrives in Istanbul just in time to see his fears come true. A pleasant read that's more romantic travelogue than mystery.

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Gale Group
Publication date:
Daisy Gumm Majesty Series, #6
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ancient Spirits 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 10 reviews.
mysteryloverLR More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read in this series, but it was such a delight that I’m going to backtrack and read the other books. The series takes place in California during the early 1920s--when Prohibition was in full swing. Daisy Gumm Majesty helps support her family--Ma, Pa, Aunt Vi and dachshund Spike--by doing spiritual readings for the privileged class. While Daisy knows she can't really commune with the Other Side, her engaging and caring ways make her highly successful at her profession. In Ancient Spirits, Daisy has just lost her beloved young husband to suicide--he’d been damaged by mustard gas during WWI and could no longer bear the pain. She is so deeply depressed that her kind and fabulously wealthy friend, Harold, persuades her to travel to Egypt with him, where he hopes she’ll recover from her doldrums. But things go horribly awry there, and Daisy and Harold find themselves in deadly danger. The ending truly warms the heart, as Daisy finds herself returning to the land of the living, with the possibility of a sweet romance brightening her future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series of books. The characters are very real and believable. Story lines are interesting and imaginative.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is one of my favorite. It is just a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for a light read. Slower then most of her books.
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BarbRN More than 1 year ago
I have read several of these books, and found them to be an easy ¿read. The characters are growing somewhat though shallow for the most part. Wouldn't make a good book discession book, but rather one to sit by the fire and enjoy with a cup of tea or glass of wine.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have found all of the Daisy Gumm Majesty Mysteries to be a fun, wholesome escape. I like historical novels and this one satisfies. Similar to the other books in the series, there is a lot of repetition about what happened in previous installments, but I still enjoy getting away to 1920's Pasadena (and Egypt).