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  2. Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Oct 11, Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing Shelves: giveaway. Whispers Beyond the Veil marks the beginning of a superb historical mystery series. Jessica Estevao manages to create an extremely likeable, flawed heroine, Ruby Proulx, and place her in an equally enjoyable setting, the charming seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine. As the book opens in , Ruby is traveling in Canada with her father, a charlatan who enlists Ruby in his fraudulent schemes.

After one of his supposed cures causes a death, Ruby escapes to Old Orchard, Maine to join her estr Whispers Beyond the Veil marks the beginning of a superb historical mystery series.

The Hidden Fortune within the Mind and Beyond

After one of his supposed cures causes a death, Ruby escapes to Old Orchard, Maine to join her estranged Aunt Honoria and avoid being charged with the murder. Honoria owns the Hotel Belden which caters to spiritualists, a popular interest during this time period. Meanwhile, Old Orchard is building a large pier to attract more visitors, and the additional people mean an increase in crime. As the story unfolds, several individuals are murdered, and Ruby takes it upon herself to help the police solve the murders. The historical aspects of the story are wonderful, and the characters well-developed.

The story held my interest through the entire book, and the resolution was particularly creative. While I really loved the entire book, one of my favorite things about Whispers Beyond the Veil was how different it is from anything else I have read. As I mention frequently in my reviews, I feel like I encounter an overabundance of the same types of stories over and over again, and it gets old. I highly recommend this clever, well-written, and very entertaining novel. Thank you to Berkley Publishing for this wonderful book.

View all 8 comments. Aug 25, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it really liked it Shelves: arc-book-read , kindle-books. I love historical fiction, I always have and when you combine that love of history with a bit of paranormal woo hoo you truly have one fun story that every bit as hard to put down as it was fascinating. Told in an era of time where spiritualists were seriously becoming popular and just about anything seemed to go, this was a fun tale that not only brought a touch of history to it but was completely entertaining as well with a slight edge of romance and a mystery that will keep you guessing until I love historical fiction, I always have and when you combine that love of history with a bit of paranormal woo hoo you truly have one fun story that every bit as hard to put down as it was fascinating.

Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao

Told in an era of time where spiritualists were seriously becoming popular and just about anything seemed to go, this was a fun tale that not only brought a touch of history to it but was completely entertaining as well with a slight edge of romance and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. This was a great read that was just what I was hoping it would be and left me wanting the next book.

I think this will be a really fun series that everyone will love. Nov 06, Veronica rated it liked it Shelves: historical-mystery. This was a debut book and it felt like it in many ways. The story follows 20 year old Ruby Proulx who was raised by her conman father. When his latest scheme goes horribly wrong, Ruby finds herself on the run and seeking shelter at the home of a maternal aunt in Maine, whom she's never met.

This Aunt, Honoria, owns and runs a small seaside hotel that caters to those in the Spiritualist Movement that was popular at the cusp of the twentieth century, for our story.

Upon arriving at this idyll This was a debut book and it felt like it in many ways. Upon arriving at this idyllic hotel, Ruby dares to hope that it will turn out to be the stable home she's always wanted. She soon finds, however, that she may share certain, innate "gifts" with a long line of female ancestors. When the bodies of murdered hotel guests start popping up, Ruby has to work to save the place she hopes will be her new home. As a mystery, this had a bit of slow start being that the first murder doesn't happen until well into the story.

While Ruby makes for a decent heroine, I can't say, in retrospect, that she does any real sleuthing.

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She more or less finds things out by accident or through her very uncanny ability to always be in the right place at the right time to overhear some crucial bit of information. There is also this tendency for information to be shared off the page and then reported on later by some character or another.

As a bit of historical fiction, the setting and the inclusion of various spiritualists was fun and new but I think the author could have expanded on this a bit more. As it is, there is a sense that readers are only allowed to skim the surface of Maine in The same can be said of characterization. There are several secondary characters that are likely to stick around and yet I never got the sense that I got to know any of them very well.

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This even includes Officer Warren Yancy who, even though he contributes to the story through his own POV parts, still remains largely a question mark. He has his own family scandal in his past and has his own reasons for being wary of spiritualists. Presented as a likely future love interest for Ruby, there wasn't sufficient interaction between them in this book for me to really get a sense of how they'd work off of each other. All in all, it wasn't bad for a debut book but there is room for improvement, both in plotting, pacing, and characterization. I did like Ruby and the hotel setting enough to give the second book a chance to see how or if things improve.

I hope they will. Even the covers mirrored each other; a woman in a fancy dress, umbrella over her right shoulder, gazing off into the distance.


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The answer to that question is a big fat no. I liked this one as much as I liked the first, average rating for an average read. I have an image of the characters in my mind, the location and some of the ending but not the big whodunit piece of the pie. I would normally downgrade it a star for this but I kind of feel like this is on me since I am still riding the average vibe from the other book.

So three stars because negative me is cutting this book a break.


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Aug 30, Okan Anuas rated it it was amazing. Delightful read! Ruby and her father have conned people all their lives. When a new idea goes wrong, Ruby is forced to flee the life she's known and live with an aunt she's never met. She tries to cover up her past but a series of deaths threaten to destroy her aunt's livelihood and unravel the new life she's made for herself.

Desperate to help her aunt and herself , she decides to investigate a little on her own. Jessica Estevao's debut is funny, cozy, and lovely to read. The characters are di Delightful read! The characters are distinct and develop well. The many side plots and details add up cleverly. However, it is the historical accuracy and engaging writing style that makes Whispers Beyond the Veil a must-read.

I loved the characters, the dialogue which never becomes too tiresome or overdone , and the element of supernatural and magic in an otherwise realistic book. Be warned though: if you are looking for a pure murder mystery, you may be disappointed. The actual mystery is only revealed midway through the book.

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Whispers never lost my attention. I was eager to read it to the very end, and I am excited for future mysteries from Estevao! Apr 27, Scottsdale Public Library added it Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction , adult , fantasy , mystery , paranormal. Ruby escapes her ne-er do well father and heads to her dead mother's family, thinking she has killed a man. She hasn't but her father has and wants to pin the blame on her. She is lovingly received by her aunt and surprised to learn the truth about her mother's family: they all have psychic talents.

She just thought she was going crazy. There are a few murders and mysteries as Ruby settles in to her new home, ever watchful about her past returning. This book is fun, not overly cozy or romantic, Ruby escapes her ne-er do well father and heads to her dead mother's family, thinking she has killed a man. This book is fun, not overly cozy or romantic, its historical aspects are perfect for the story and add to it rather than overwhelm. First in a series. Sep 06, Mark Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves: , mystery. They are about to reopen the family home as a resort for spiritualists, and the summer of will be make or break for them.

But when her past catches up to her and a murder threatens her new home, will Ruby be able to solve any problems? The characters are charming, and I fell in love with them.