It's 1956, and Lee Plunkett has taken over the family business as a private investigator despite his reluctance to follow in his father's footsteps. When murder intrudes on a group of ghost seekers, Lee is asked to solve the case by a cop on the verge of retirement. At the urging of his perpetual fiancée Audrey, Lee enlists the help of Mr. O'Nelligan, a scholarly Irishman with a keen eye for solving mysteries. The duo is drawn into a murder investigation involving the "Spectricator," a machine designed to communicate with the dead. Soon, Plunkett and O'Nelligan are knee-deep in a suspect pool that includes a surly medium, a former speakeasy queen, a mysterious Spanish widow, and a whole slew of eccentric servants. Engaging, charming, and smart, The Séance Society by Michael Nethercott is a fresh take on the traditional mystery genre for readers who love original characters, witty dialogue, and a great whodunit.
"Nethercott's debut sparkles with a mix of W.B. Yeats and Elvis quotations, well-placed red herrings, and an endearing trio of protagonists."Library Journal
"This clever series opener offers a mid-century take on the traditional drawing-room mystery…There is a sweet charm to this mystery, ensuring that readers will want to see more from O'Nelligan and Plunkett."Booklist
"A classically styled Holmesian whodunit."
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||O'Nelligan and Plunkett Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
MICHAEL NETHERCOTT's work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year, Gods and Monsters, and Crimestalkers Casebook. He is a past winner of The Black Orchid Novella Award, The Vermont Playwrights Award, and The Nor'easter Play Writing Contest. He lives with his wife in Guilford, Vermont.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am not going to give anything away...I hate that..So all I,m going to say, is that it,s been along time since I enjoyed a book of this kind. It will fill all your emotions..Takes you right in, and will hold you to the last well written page.. Im thrilled another will be released at the end of september.
I LOVED this book. I never read books over, but I would this one. I am a golden age mystery freak. I settle a lot with current writers. Not here!! This was everything I wanted in a mystery. I am just impatient for the next. Buy this , if you enjoy Christie, Sayers, or especially Pamala Branch (which if you don't know you need to) you will love this!!! Horray a golden age style writer that is still alive!!!