Strong Spirits (Daisy Gumm Majesty Series #1)

Strong Spirits (Daisy Gumm Majesty Series #1)

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by Alice Duncan

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It's the 1920s and Daisy Gumm Majesty is doing her part to support her family as a medium by holding séances and interpreting tarot cards for the rich and famous.

When the wealthy Mrs. Kincaid comes to Daisy to help solve her husband's disappearance, Detective Sam Rotondo isn't far behind.

Sam isn't fooled by Daisy's choice of "vocation" and…  See more details below


It's the 1920s and Daisy Gumm Majesty is doing her part to support her family as a medium by holding séances and interpreting tarot cards for the rich and famous.

When the wealthy Mrs. Kincaid comes to Daisy to help solve her husband's disappearance, Detective Sam Rotondo isn't far behind.

Sam isn't fooled by Daisy's choice of "vocation" and blackmails her into spying on the Kincaids.

Then Daisy reads Sam's cards... and the tables turn.

Romantic Times Top Pick
Reviewer's Choice Awards, finalist

"...teems with period detail... [and] characters who make it so enjoyable, especially effervescent Daisy." ~Booklist

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Strong Spirits (Spirits Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 145 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written mystery set in southern CA 1920's• whimsical and funny with some facts of everyday life at that time thrown in! I enjoyed this book and will purchase the next in series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't expect much from free books, so this was a real treat. Love the smooth writing style. Daisy and all her family and friends are a delight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming book. Reminded me of the old movies of the 20's and 30's. This book is a great treat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the age of ten, Daisy Gumm discovers the allure of the Ouija Board, quickly learning to use it on the gullible wealthy. During her teens, Daisy's working class family comes to depend upon her income for survival, as does her war veteran husband when he comes home crippled. Daisy's very practical philosophy summarizes her approach to the world: "It's only the rich in this world who can afford to be disenchanted and blasé. The rest of us are too busy trying to earn a living." Daisy makes her living off of people like the Kincaids, who "possessed more money than sense." Mrs. Kincaid quickly comes to rely upon Daisy to restore hope when her family seems to disintegrate around her. Her daughter is arrested for drinking in a speakeasy. Her son has his own particular proclivities. And her husband chases the maids from his wheelchair before disappearing under suspicious circumstances. Daisy finds herself caught in the midst of it all, comforting Mrs. Kincaid and guiltily fullfilling Detective Sam Rotondo's demands that she spy on the wealthy family. STRONG SPIRITS defies an easy categorization, although Kensington lists historical romance on the spine. Instead, STRONG SPIRITS possess a uniquely original tone, imaginative narrative voice, and a marvelous level of the levity. Author Alice Duncan gracefully captures the roaring twenties with its Fizgeraldian affluence and defiance of the war just finished and the one yet to come. Furthermore, Daisy Gumm Majesty is one of the most delightful heroines I have ever encountered, practical, courageous, and determined. Her youthful enthusiasm never abates even when facing daunting challenges. Indeed, Alice Duncan has outdone herself with this sparkling novel. STRONG SPIRITS comes very highly recommended.
MidWest_Connection More than 1 year ago
An amusing, fun book. Daisy is a spunky gal with strong ideals and opinions forced to support herself and husband Billy, after he returns from the WWI and is pretty much confined to a wheel-chair. She believes that her chosen "profession" as a medium for the rich folk, helps them come to terms with deceased relatives (she only gives them positive feedback). She is drawn into family issues with the rich folk, and even with a detective breathing down her back (it's against the law to be a medium) she is able to help the family and the detective and her end up tolerating each other when he befriends Billy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Strong Spirits, I'm hooked. Will read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has it ALL! Seances - servants-- police -- thieves --police-- disabled people -- very rich people who think they are entitled to put down poorer people as well as servants !! Exvellent writing! Most numbered pages have 2 pages of text!
SETI More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be entertaining.  I also found it to be a cute book, however I was not sure how this is classified as a romance book?  I did enjoy the book but I feel that it is more pegged for a young adult instead.
treespryt More than 1 year ago
This book captures the era and the setting so well that I could see Colorado Blvd in 1920 as if I was there. The characters are engaging and likable. The plot fun and different. You won't be able to stop with just one Daisy Gumm mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Daisy and her narration... the mystery was mild, but it had me guessing at its peak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, fun read. Wanted to see what would happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over for most of the book. It took a long time to get to the "mystery" part of the story. Of course this being the first in a series, I can see the author's need to develop characters and background. The book was okay, but not great. I appreciated the comedic aspects of the book, but the seriousness of the war and her husband's health was too great of a contrast. Not to mention the poverty and her blase attitude about being a scam artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful mystery...if a mystery can be delightful? This one is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are crazy and great with a dose of healthy reality thrown in. I loved how the book is from Daisy's perspective and is true to the decade in terms of attitudes, dress, and social interactions.
BNreader56SC More than 1 year ago
This period mystery is a good cozy read. It was a free selection and I think one of the best. No real surprises but still enjoyable with a splash of humor from the characters. I will definitely be checking out the others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hero of this book is fun and spunky, coupledd with a good plot. Have fun reading this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Duncan's "Strong Spirits" is a winner in every way. She is a word artist, painting a story and her character, Daisy Gumm Majesty, with vitality and verve. Daisy will charm readers and I look forward to her next adventure. "Strong Spirits" surprises and enchants with each turn of the page. Ms. Duncan just keeps getting better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
STRONG SPIRITS is classic Alice Duncan good, but this time it is with a twist. Her usual romance is tempered with the supernatural and a very different setting¿the World Fair in Chicago. Alice always excels in breathing life into her characters, and this one is no exception. If you are looking for classic excellence, but something a bit out-of-the-ordinary, this one is definitely worth the time. While it is classified as a ¿romance¿ by the publisher, I found it to contain more intrigue and mystery than actual romance, although the undertones she is known for was certainly evident, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
STRONG SPIRITS is an enchanting mix of mystery and humor set in the Roaring Twenties. Daisy Gumm Majesty is an independent and outspoken woman who, when her husband Billy comes home disabled after World War I, turns to spiritualism to make a living. Daisy's best customer is the wealthy Mrs. Kinkaid, so when Mrs. Kinkaid's daughter is arrested, irregularities turn up at her husband's bank, and her husband disappears, she turns to Daisy--with her Tarot cards and Ouija Board--for help. What follows is a delightful romp with the most charming and clever heroine since Amelia Peabody. Don't miss this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The period after the Great War and Flu Pandemic and the crash of Wall Street is a period of great turmoil and upheaval. Many people turned to spiritualists and mediums for comfort. Daisy Gumm Majesty, the young wife of a war veteran crippled by mustard gas, supports her family through her fabricated talent for contacting the dead and reading Tarot cards. If this sounds dreary and depressing .... it is not. Daisy's fresh take on the "lost generation" from the point of view of those who were too busy taking care of business to be lost is enchanting. Her mixed feelings about her spiritualist talents and the tantalizing hints of her future life are intriguing. A nice read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow and boring. Nothing happens other than constant ramblings (over and over about the same things). I'll also never get why some readers find it necessary to retell the entire story as their review. We don't need a narrator . . . just an opinion. No more in this series for me.
Bewtched25 More than 1 year ago
Overall, I really enjoyed the style of writing of this book. I loved the humor and got caught up right from the beginning. Daisy was a well developed heroine that I enjoyed reading about. This book was written in first person, which I know isn't everyone's thing, but I thought it was pretty well done. I did find it annoying that the phrase, "...if you know what I mean", was used more than 10 times throughout the book. It was cute the first couple times, but got old fast. The book got bogged down with flighty detail from time to time. I think there must have been at least 2 pages on a completely random side thought about dogs. Seriously didn't add anything to the story line and was very distracting. The book was a good read and I enjoyed it overall even though I started skipping over the random side thoughts. Alice Duncan did a good job of developing a good mystery with fun characters. I got this book for free and would recommend reading it, but I don't know if I'd pay for another one in the series...there were just too many distracting details.
BookishKoals More than 1 year ago
A quick read with a nice sense of the 1920s. You get to know the characters enough that you might want to continue visiting with them in the next book in the series. Good book for a cold rainy weekend or on the beach. The plot is not intricate but there are plenty of period details regarding clothing, interiors, and activities that ring true.
Nana1BS More than 1 year ago
Intriguing mystery that kept my attention and spured me on to keep reading. Few grammatical issues but overall well written with very interesting character development.
evfamcomp More than 1 year ago
Ms. Duncan has written a fun/ funny series in the 1920's Pasadena, CA. Nice, clean, easy to read series with great characters. I used to live in that area and recognized many landmarks. One book lead to another, and each has a different plot, with recurring characters. Daisy Gumm Majesty is a strong, independent woman who is bound and determined to provide for her family in spite of her unorthodox method. Mid teen and older. I am now up to Book % and looking forward to more.