ALICE DUNCAN SERIES:

Scarlet Spirits

Scarlet Spirits

Alice Duncan

Romance / Historical Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers

When a Former Madame Bilks Bounty Hunter, Lou Prophet, Out of Money to Start a New Life, Daisy and Sam Intervene to Save Her Life in SCARLET SPIRITS, a Cozy Historical Mystery by Alice Duncan—1925, Pasadena, California—Angie Mainwaring moves to Pasadena to start a new life and atone for her past by rescuing former "sporting" girls and housing them in a mansion in her orange grove just down the street from Daisy and her folks.Unfortunately, one of the people Angie bilked to fund her new life is notorious bounty hunter, Lou Prophet. Daisy tries to make peace between Angie and Lou but Lou's not happy.Even worse, it seems that everyone from Angie's past is coming to Pasadena to avenge their grievances against her and things get out of hand when Lou shoots one of the aggrieved out of an orange tree.Now Daisy and Sam are doing a merry dance to keep Angie alive and themselves out of trouble.Get ready for the next installment in the Daisy Gumm Majesty...
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Spirits Unearthed

Spirits Unearthed

Alice Duncan

Romance / Historical Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers

Dachshund Discovers Doctor's Body in Altadena Cemetery, Daisy Gumm Majesty Investigates, in the Historical Cozy Mystery, SPIRITS UNEARTHED, by Alice Duncan"Author Alice Duncan whisks the reader to 1924 in a way that will have you wishing for skinny dresses and cloche hats." ~Deborah L. Rogers, Verified ReviewerNothing interrupts a good lover's spat like a dog – Daisy Gumm Majesty's Dachshund, Spike, in particular. Of course, they were in a graveyard, and Spike did have a shoe in his mouth – and the shoe did have an occupant. Well, a foot, if that counts. Daisy is horrified until she discovers that the occupying foot belonged to Dr. Everhard Allen Wagner, a notorious abuser of women and young girls. Good riddance!Of course, there's still a good mystery for this spiritualist-medium to people-with-more-money-than-sense to solve; after all, there may still be a risk to the good citizens of Pasadena. Her fiancé, Sam Rotondo – detective for...
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Spirits United

Spirits United

Alice Duncan

Romance / Historical Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers

It's 1924 and spiritualist-medium Daisy Gumm and her fiancé, Detective Sam Rotondo, discover a dead body tucked away in the Pasadena Public Library's bibliography stacks.Worse, Daisy's old friend, Mr. Browning, is holding the bloody knife, putting him at the very top of Sam's suspect list.But Daisy is not convinced, and sets out to exonerate her friend, only to stumble into a professor's geological study, encounter a mad scientist, and uncover a phony gold rush that someone is killing to hide.PRAISE for THE DAISY GUMM MAJESTY MYSTERIES"Well plotted with a band of whimsical characters and genuine humor..." ~Diane Morasco, RT Book ReviewsTHE DAISY GUMM MAJESTY MYSTERIES, in series orderStrong SpiritsFine SpiritsHigh SpiritsHungry SpiritsGenteel SpiritsAncient SpiritsDark SpiritsSpirits OnstageUnsettled SpiritsBruised SpiritsSpirits UnitedSpirits Unearthed
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Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

Alice Duncan

Romance / Historical Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers

Transplanted Boston Brahmin, Mercy Allcutt, has had some very exciting times as secretary to private investigator, Ernie Templeton. While it's true she's been in what she considers a wee bit of trouble (and Ernie considers out-and-out danger) a time or two, she's determined to continue learning the ways of the "real" world.However, when she sets out to find her wandering boss, Ernie, one hot September afternoon, she not only discovers a corpse, but she also finds Ernie, bound and gagged. Worse, when the police arrive to investigate the crime, they peg Ernie as the killer.Well, Mercy isn't about to let them get away with that, no matter how many times Ernie tells her to butt out of the police inquiry. The only question is whether she'll survive her investigatorial efforts once again, or if she'll become one more "Fallen Angel."
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Daisy Gumm Majesty 06-Ancient Spirits

Daisy Gumm Majesty 06-Ancient Spirits

Alice Duncan

Romance / Historical Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers

After the death of her beloved husband Billy, Daisy Majesty falls into a deep depression. Everyone worries about her, from her family to her late husband’s best friend, Sam Rotondo. She’s too depressed to eat and only mopes around the house.July passes into August, and Daisy continues to mourn; she doesn’t eat or work at her trade as a spiritualist. Although she’s in a very unsteady mood, she finally agrees to use the Ouija board for her longtime best customer, Mrs. Pinkerton. During this session, Daisy has her spirit control, Rolly, dispense some harsh truths, something she’s never done before.Daisy’s appalled, but everyone else is proud of her. Mrs. Pinkerton’s son (and Daisy’s best pal), Harold Kincaid, even offers to take Daisy to Egypt. Daisy doesn’t want to go, but her family insists, so she does.Once in Egypt, Daisy and Harold are not only plagued by the heat (it’s August, after all), but strange things happen to them. Sam Rotondo, who promised Billy he’d watch out for Daisy, hies himself to the Middle East. There, during one of a series of untoward events, Sam gets himself kidnapped in Daisy’s stead. Then something even more remarkable happens after Daisy, Harold and several Turkish fellows manage to rescue him.Neither Daisy nor Sam is quite sure what to make of their relationship once they return to staid and safe Pasadena, California. ANCIENT SPIRITS not only takes the reader on an adventure with Daisy, Harold and Sam, but warms the heart and soul.From BooklistEver since her husband Billy’s death, spiritualist Daisy Gumm Majesty can’t seem to summon the energy to eat, let alone summon spirits. When Mrs. Pinkerton, her best and wealthiest client, needs her help, however, Daisy can’t refuse. Mrs. Pinkerton’s spoiled rotten daughter, Stacy Kincaid, has once again run afoul of the law, and this time Daisy’s advice to her client proves to be exactly the medicine Stacy needs. As a result, not only does a very grateful Mrs. Pinkerton provide Daisy with a lavish reward, but Mrs. Pinkerton’s son, Harold, insists on taking Daisy with him on a trip to Egypt. Daisy’s adventurous trip to the Middle East not only turns out to be just the tonic she needs, it also marks a turning point in her relationship with Pasadena police detective and family friend Sam Rotondo. Duncan excels at integrating an abundance of fascinating historical details into the latest Daisy Gumm Majesty novel, and Ancient Spirits’ humor and colorful characters make it an excellent suggestion for fans of K. K. Beck’s Iris Cooper mysteries and Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple books. --John Charles
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