A fake spiritualist is shocked when she has a real ghostly experience.
Daisy Gumm Majesty makes a living catering to the spiritualist beliefs of wealthy women near her Pasadena home. Since the suicide of her husband, who was unable to stand the physical and mental pain of the wounds he sustained in the Great War, she’s lived with her parents and Aunt Vi, watched over by her husband’s best friend, Pasadena detective Sam Rotondo. Imagine her surprise when the spirit of Eddie Hastings takes over her body at a séance. Declared a suicide, Eddie was actually murdered, and both he and his distressed mother call on Daisy for help. Daisy does not dare tell Sam, who’s always annoyed when she becomes involved in murder cases (Ancient Spirits, 2012, etc.). Instead, she sets out to investigate on her own. Fortunately, an old friend is a secretary at the law firm of Eddie’s father, a man as widely disliked as Eddie was liked. Daisy also talks to her family doctor, who finds out from the coroner that Eddie died from a heroin overdose, although no needle or drugs were found. Sam is furious when Daisy tells him about the cause of death. Despite the care the powerful elder Hastings took to hush up Eddie’s death, however, Sam begins to investigate, thinking that it may be connected to a drug smuggling case he’s already working on. Despite Sam’s warnings, Daisy continues to poke into the case, only to find that a hornet’s nest awaits her.
A slight, simple mystery for readers who’d like to learn more about life on both sides of the tracks in California during the Jazz Age.