Hungry Spirits (A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery, Book 4): Historical Mystery

Hungry Spirits (A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery, Book 4): Historical Mystery

by Alice Duncan

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Hungry Spirits (A Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery, Book 4): Historical Mystery by Alice Duncan

Daisy Gumm Majesty, spiritualist to people with more money than sense, is asked by a Salvation Army captain to teach a cooking class for immigrant German ladies. Since Daisy's only culinary talent is burning water, she's is sure the captain is nuts.

But Daisy steps up and forces herself to confront her own prejudices about Germans, whom she blames for her veteran-husband's war illness.

Then one of her students disappears and Daisy discovers that the help her students need has nothing to do with cooking—an anarchist's scheme about to boil over.

"Daisy's upbeat attitude gives her great appeal. Recommend to fans of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs." ~Booklist

Strong Spirits
Fine Spirits
High Spirits
Hungry Spirits
Genteel Spirits
Ancient Spirits

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614174646
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Publication date: 08/21/2013
Series: Daisy Gumm Majesty Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 137,371
File size: 1 MB

About 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

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Hungry Spirits (Spirits Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1921 Pasadena, debutant Stacy Kincaid who recently jointed the Salvation Army asks Daisy Gumm Majesty to teach a cooking class. Once the spiritualist understands her adversary, the daughter of her best client, is serious, she explains she burns water. Her family including her severely war injured spouse laugh at the concept of her teaching immigrants to cook as all including Daisy are thankful for Aunt Vi doing the cooking. However when Salvation Army Captain Johnny Buckingham asks, she says yes; she cannot refuse him. Daisy learns that some of her students might be Germans. Though she knows these women did not cause the Kaiser's war or the mustard gas permanent injuries to Billy, she loathes the race. Johnny gives her and the students cookbooks, which he chose based on price. Her first meal works reasonably well though one of the students vanishes before class ends when Police Detective Sam Rotondo arrives. However, the women want help from Daisy that has nothing to do with cooking while an anarchist scheme is boiling over. The latest post WWI era "Spirits" novel is a terrific historical that contains a strong mystery subplot. Daisy and the strong cast including the repeat characters from previous books (see Strong Spirits and Fine Spirits) and the cooking class make for a fascinating deep look at 1921 California. Harriet Klausner
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
In Hungry Spirits, set in 1920s Pasadena, Daisy Gumm Majesty knows how to make ends meet, for herself and her fractured family. Husband Billy, gassed in the war, is in a wheelchair struggling to breathe. Aunt Vi cooks beef wellington for the rich and famous while Daisy learns to scramble an egg. White bread, and the effective use of stale breadcrumbs, unites the students of a Salvation Army cooking class. And Daisy, who's still not sure about those eggs, becomes their teacher. I've seen the Pasadena of today, and I loved imagining how it was through author Alice Duncan's words. I grew up knowing the consequences of war in British families, but Alice Duncan brings those consequences to life on this side of the Atlantic too. I loved Daisy's Methodist roots (yeah, I have some too). And I loved her concern for people, her ability to set aside her own doubts (about Germans) and her neighbors' (about "communing with spirits") in order to get the job done. Daisy doesn't in fact commune with spirits. She reads the cards because it earns money and keeps the listener satisfied. She channels her imaginary spirit for the same reasons. She makes her own clothes, looks and acts her part in public, and in private is just a really nice young woman holding her own in a complicated world. If that world's complications happen to include cooking classes and car chases, well so be it. Hungry Spirits is definitely a fun and enjoyable little slice of life, with mystery and history entwined, and a pleasing humanity. I'll be looking out for more of this series to add to my to-read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book as well as the other in this series. Began to really enjoy the characters after the first book. Can't wait for the nextin the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book series!! Once you start you can't wait to read the next one.
PamBo56 More than 1 year ago
I'm reading #5 now. I've loved all of the Daisy Gumm mysteries, which aren't your typical mysteries. Sometimes, I want to be Daisy.
Bookacholic More than 1 year ago
I won't tell you much about the series, as I do not want to ruin it for you. I have read all the previous books, 1-3, and I have read 4-7, and am waiting for book to come out. I will tell you that the book is set in the early 1920's, but don't let that detour from reading them. Alice is a very easy to follow along writer. These books are not sexy books, I found them refreshing and delightful. I can't wait for the next in the series. Read them you won't be disappointed.
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Great book as all of her writing.
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