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Strong Spirits Mass Market Paperback – 13 Mar 2003

3.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (13 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821775170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821775172
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,167,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Strong Spirits is set in America just after the end of World War I. Daisy Gumm is a delightful character, smart, pretty and with strong moral values despite or maybe because of her chosen profession of spiritualist and clairvoyant. The fact that she chose her calling points fairly and squarely to her being a fake and she certainly believes she is but is she? The descriptive writing is superb, vividly stimulating the senses of smell, sight, touch and taste. The book gives you a fascinating insight into the political and social scene at that time and into the huge divide between rich and poor, privileged and working classes. Despite Daisy's job, which is very lucrative for her and her family, she can be very naïve and she is very much an innocent and not nearly as sophisticated as she would like to be. Although I very much enjoyed reading about the fascinating characters in the book, at times I did wish Daisy would get to the point and get on with the story. Apart from that, it was a fun read with characters that draw you in and leave you wanting more.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2013
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Set toward the beginning of the twentieth century. At the young age of ten, Daisy Gumm found her calling as a Medium. Back then Daisy considered it fun to set up an Ouija Board, pretend to have a spiritual control named Rolly, and communicate with the dead. Daisy was often paid to attend parties and conduct séances. At the age of seventeen, Daisy married William "Billy" Majesty and the United States entered the "Great War". In a chain-of-events, Daisy wed Billy in April, he went off to war, and in June the Kaiser's men gassed Billy out of his trench before shooting him. When Billy was finally well enough to return to his home in Pasadena, California, he was confined to a wheelchair, his lungs were ruined, his legs were bad, and Daisy suddenly had to make a living for their families. (Other relatives lived with them.)

Once the war is over, the spiritualist movement booms. Those with money turn to people like Daisy for comfort. By this I mean Daisy and her Ouija Board are hired to perform séances to help ease the minds of family members who have lost someone unexpectedly. Daisy considers what she does as spiritual healing. Daisy's best customer is Mrs. Madeline Kincaid, who has been hiring her since Daisy first found her calling. Daisy knows others who work for the Kincaid family. Aunt Vi is the cook and her best friend, Edie, is a maid. In fact, Edie has just become engaged to another Kincaid employee, Quincy. Now that you know a few, but not nearly all, of the people involved, on with the mystery.

Daisy is not surprised when a hysterical Mrs. Kincaid phones and claims that she is needed right away. Daisy arrives at the Kincaid mansion to find chaos. (Nothing unusual.) This time, Mrs.
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this is the first Daisy Gumm book I have read and I will certainly read the others in this series. The heroine, if you can call her that, is young and doesn't take herself too seriously! She seems to fall into death and disaster by accident rather than choice, but her kind heart ensures she follows through to the end. By the end of the book you actually care about the characters and hope for the traditional happy ending ,not "she married the prince and they all lived happily ever after ", but rather that good triumphs! I think this will appeal to anyone who wants an entertaining read on a wet weekend to cheer themselves up.
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This is a good story but there are frequent mistakes in spelling and sense. It would benefit from proofreading and revision. It's also marred by too much irrelevant detail and waffling such as the details about the gardens and the society gossip that Daisy doesn't like. The gossip plays no part in the story and doesn't need to be there. It felt difficult to keep on reading sometimes but I managed to get to the end.
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Do you like Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple? Do you like Frances Brody's Kate Hardcastle ? Then you will love Alice Duncan's Daisy Gumm Majesty.
Set in 1920's Pasadena where Daisy exercises her dubious spiritualistic gifts ( freely admitted by her !) and ends up involved with the rich and wonderfully portrayed Kinkaid family and some missing bank bonds.
Daisy is a superb character and her family and friends are wonderfully portrayed, especially that of her war injured husband Billy and their relationship. The descriptions of Aunt Vi's food made me realllly hungry !!!
I LOVED this book , I've already downloaded the next 3 in the series and am eagerly awaiting the last 2 of the 6 in the series to appear in Kindle so please let that happen soon.
A fun cozy mystery with a great heroine, do buy it !!!
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Grabbed when it was free and glad that is the case as I wouldnt want to spend too much on it!
Its not brilliant and to be quite honest I began to flag somewhat and had to more or less make myself stick it out. It did have some good points but not enough to lead me in to the next book if it involves parting with my hard earned cash.
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Nicely drawn characters and a feisty heroine though I did feel that she was inclined to repeat herself too often regarding her views on rich people and her own and her husband's situation. There was a hint that she might not be quite the fake medium she thinks she is but I t think I'd have liked a bigger hint! That said, a very enjoyable read that left me wanting to get to know Daisy better.
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