Monday, April 13, 2015

Medium Dead by Paula Paul

Good morning, everyone! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Paula Paul's Medium Dead. There is a tour wide giveaway on this one, so be sure to read through to the bottom for the Rafflecopter.

The village of Newton-upon-Sea is rocked to its core when a woman is found murdered in the local cemetery. Turns out the woman was a noted medium who claimed expertise in contacting the dead. Villagers soon begin to report strange sightings at the crime scene, including Her Majesty Queen Victoria. And as the village doctor soon discovers, those visions - strange as they might seem - could be quite accurate. But why would the Queen be in Newton-upon-Sea to begin with and what could she possibly have to do with the murder of a medium?

Medium Dead is a light and fluffy sort of historical mystery. Alexandra Gladstone, her assistant Nancy, and the other villagers make for an interesting cast of characters but none of them really shines or feels fully rounded. That could be in part because this isn't the fist Alexandra Gladstone tale, something I wasn't aware of in the reading.

In terms of the mystery, things roll along at a nice pace but become more than a bit convoluted towards the end; what was meant to be a twist was more confusing than surprising.

Medium Dead does work as an introduction to Alexandra and Newton-upon-Sea and Alexandra herself - a female doctor in an era when women weren't even supposed to get a basic eduction much less become physicians - is generally appealing, but unfortunately the book as a whole is kind of underwhelming.

Rating: 2.5

To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

As I mentioned above, there is a tour wide giveaway here. To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.