Strong Spirits (Daisy Gumm Majesty Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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It's the 1920s and Daisy Gumm Majesty is doing her part to ...
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Strong Spirits (Daisy Gumm Majesty Series #1)

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Overview

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.

AWARDS:
Romantic Times Top Pick
Reviewer's Choice Awards, finalist

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

THE DAISY GUMM MAJESTY MYSTERIES, in series order
Strong Spirits
Fine Spirits
High Spirits
Hungry Spirits
Genteel Spirits
Ancient Spirits
Dark Spirits
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614174608
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works!
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Series: Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 11,781
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

In an effort to avoid what she knew she should be doing, Alice folk-danced professionally until her writing muse finally had its way. Now a resident of Roswell, New Mexico, Alice enjoys saying no smog, no crowds, and yes to loving her herd of wild dachshunds. Visit Alice at aliceduncan.net.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Surprised it was free.

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Clever setting-well written

    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

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Strong Spirits Strong on Humor

    Alice Duncan has published a couple dozen novels, mainly Western romances. With "Strong Spirits," she ventures out into the comic romance arena to wonderful effect. The book stars Daisy Majesty, a bright, somewhat cynical young lady who reads fortunes and holds seances for a living, and who tells us -- in a chatty, charming, and humorous voice -- of her misadventures in the world of the rich and cunning in 1920s Pasadena. Her main client is the beleaguered Mrs. Kincaid, whose wealth cannot shield her from many family problems, chief among which is her penurious, cranky, mean husband. When Mr. Kincaid disappears, along with a pile of bank notes, pandemonium ensues, and Daisy must navigate skillfully between the demands of Mrs. Kincaid and the suspicions of the attractive, albeit rather grumpy, Detective Sam Rotondo. Meanwhile, Daisy has a war-invalid husband smouldering at home, and her love for him is tempered by her frustrations with his moods. How will she deal with all this? Much, but not all, is resolved in this book, and Daisy is scheduled to appear again in subsequent volumes. Daisy's voice is often sardonic, sometimes hilarious. The author achieves the breezy charm of someone telling a wonderful story off the cuff, as if over coffee and biscuits, though sometimes Daisy indulges her every thought to the reader's dismay. Still, she can elicit guffaws. Here are a few samples (one or two of which bring to mind Mark Twain): "According to my mother, a sharp smack delivered to the rear portion of the anatomy did wonders to clear up fuzzy thinking in the head portion of the same body." "I really hated it when people assumed I was a cheat and a humbug, even though it was true." "It would be terrible if I burst out laughing when I was supposed to be summoning the dead." "I glanced at the ceiling, hoping God would spot my face among the millions he saw daily, and asked Him if He didn't think I had enough burdens to bear already . . . " "I was seriously beginning to consider purchasing a Hudson as my next car. You know, when I got rich. Ha! Sorry. Sometimes I get these silly fancies." Having fun reading this book, however, is no silly fancy. "Strong Spirits" is strong medicine for readers who've grown tired of the same old romances. This one is quick, funny, and knowing. Here's hoping Daisy Majesty sticks around to tell us many more of her adventures.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    Dazzling! Very highly recommended

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Highly recommend !! Jmm44

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Kentucky41

    Charming book. Reminded me of the old movies of the 20's and 30's. This book is a great treat.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Ms

    Delightful mystery...if a mystery can be delightful? This one is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Great find!

    Snappy, witty dialogue. Story is post WW l, which is a nice switch from the typical, present day cozy setting. Well written, very nice treat for a free book! Nothing graphic. Mild reference to bedroom scene, minimal language. I am happy to pay for book #2, and can't wait to see what kind of scrape Daisy finds herself in!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    I love this book!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Cute story

    I loved Daisy and her narration... the mystery was mild, but it had me guessing at its peak.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Enjoyable read.

    Good mystery, fun read. Wanted to see what would happen next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    I had fun reading this!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Fun book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    It was light and fun reading, it put you into her mind and I felt it was myself experiencing her feelings

    Nice reading and funny

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Lite readiing

    Kind of old fashioned but a fun read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Fast and fun

    The hero of this book is fun and spunky, coupledd with a good plot. Have fun reading this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    Daisy Reads Tarot Cards-fun!!

    Great story told by Ms Duncan. I love Daisy Gumm Majesty and her wonderful madcap tale of being a *caring conperson* -she only tells the client what they want to hear. Her love for Billy Majesty is so special and her love for the rest of her family too. Daisy's nemesis Pasadena Detective Sam Rotondo is a great character which she has a hard time dealing with. I'm hoping this will be a series and I'm eager for July's FINE SPIRITS I want to get to know Daisy, Billy & Sam better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    DAISY MAJESTY IS A WINNER!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    delightful 1920s mystery

    Seventeen years old Daisy Gumm marries Bill Majesty just before the latter goes off to fight in the Great War. In France, the Kaiser¿s troops gas Billy before shooting him. Billy returns home not as a World War One hero, but as an invalid with bad lungs and legs. Daisy must bring in money for the family to live on if they are to survive. She applies her only talent, conducting séances, a skill she has developed since she turned ten. Much of her repeat clientele consists of the wealthy living in the Pasadena, California area. Daisy¿s best customer is Mrs. Kincaid, wife of a banker. When Mrs. Kincaid hysterically calls her, Daisy arrives to provide solace to her client. Apparently, someone stole several thousand dollars worth of bearer bonds from her husband¿s bank. Detective Sam Rotondo believes either the wheelchair bound Kincaid or cashier Del Farrington committed the crime. Sam demands Daisy work undercover finding relevant information about the Kincaids on her visits. Fans of 1920s mysteries will gain much pleasure from Alice Duncan¿s strong period piece police procedural. The story line provides a feel for the era as tidbits are treated as a matter of fact so that readers will feel they entered a time warp. Daisy who tells much of the tale is the nucleus that keeps the plot together as the rest of the cast interact through her though some of her humorous Twain-like soliloquies can distract a reader from the investigation. Fans will enjoy the strong spirited debut of Daisy Gumm and want more works like this one from Alice Duncan, an author who has taken over the early twentieth century bailiwick. Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2002

    Classic Alice Duncan--with a twist

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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