“Stages a thoroughly gripping murder mystery in the spiritualist world of 1920’s London.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
It was a dark and stormy night. (I couldn’t resist that remark!) Well-heeled guests, dressed in their best post-war finery, gathered round a small table to hear reports of ghostly secrets whispered into the shell-like ear of the flapper-tastic medium, Gloria Sutter. But like on all dark nights, nothing is as it seems, and before the evening is over there will be a murder among the gathered.
“The Other Side of Midnight” is the first book I’ve read written by the award winning St. James. Her characters are uniquely refreshing, and far from the usual stereotypes I’ve found in similar “lost generation” novels. England between the wars was alternately hedonistic and disheartening. Young men returning from World War I tried to come to grips with the horrors they had seen while simultaneously maintaining the polite fiction that all was well. Young women dared to step out of traditional roles, earning their own money and living alone.