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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 Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,001
  • 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 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

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    11 out of 12 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.

    8 out of 13 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.

    5 out of 5 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.

    5 out of 12 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!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Love it.

    After reading Strong Spirits, I'm hooked. Will read the rest of the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    I found the book to be entertaining.  I also found it to be a cu

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I recommend this for a light read.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Plot spoilers and harriet klausner

    Harriet klausner strikes again along with her posse of plot spoilers. Please bn, do somethimg with this poster. She has gotten away with her blatent plot spoilers for so long that now everyone thinks they can ruin a book and get away with it. I personally hate to have a book spoiled before i read it. Please ban these plot spoilers and delete their posts especially harriet klausner.

    3 out of 11 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.

    2 out of 2 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!

    2 out of 5 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!

    2 out of 2 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.

    2 out of 2 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    okay

    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.

    2 out of 2 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.

    2 out of 2 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.

    2 out of 2 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

    2 out of 2 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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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