Solving crime isnt only for the living.In turn-of-the century New York City, the police have an off-the-books spiritual go-to when it comes to solving puzzling corporeal crimes . . . Her name is Eve Whitby, gifted medium and spearhead of The Ghost Precinct. When most women are traveling in a gilded society that promises only well-appointed marriage, the confident nineteen-year-old Eve navigates a social circle that carries a different kind of chill. Working with the diligent but skeptical Lieutenant Horowitz, as well as a group of fellow psychics and wayward ghosts, Eve holds her own against detractors and threats to solve New Yorks most disturbing crimes as only a medium of her ability can. But as accustomed as Eve is to ghastly crimes and all matters of the uncanny, even she is unsettled by her departments latest mystery. Her ghostly conduits are starting to disappear one by one as though snatched away by some evil force determined to upset the balance between two realms, and most ...
|Title||:||The Spectral City|
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|Number of Pages||:||236 pages|
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The Spectral City Reviews
This is a complex and largely believable work of historical fiction. The cast of characters living and dead are distinct and intriguing.
Eve Whitby, is a medium at the turn of the century in New York. She is now in charge of a new police department, Ghost Precinct, that helps in cases that involve unusual circumstances with Detective Horowitz, their liaison. This first case has a ghost in the spirit realm that has disappeared and a missing child in the real world. An entertaining story, but heavy handed in trying to convince the reader that ghosts exist and it seems that only one case is solved but there are many unanswered and u ...more
The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.
Post-victorian New York detective work (usually having to do with murder or kidnapping) with Eve, other mediums, spirit guides, and the Ghost Precinct. It's all kind of like a third-person-narrated Ghostbusters with a perspective from the ghosts themselves during a post-Alienist timeframe and the spooky concept that ghosts/spirits can be lost even further into the afterlife than where the Ghost Precin ...more
When I think about ghost stories what comes to mind are horror stories with ghosts haunting people or houses. But The spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber is not that kind of ghost story. It’s something else. I LOVED it!
Eve Whitby is a medium, an especially gifted one. She talks to ghosts. And she uses this gift to help the police solve crimes or try and prevent them. And she cares about said ghosts very much. So when one of them disappears she is desperate to find out what happened. What could ...more
I love everything about this novel: the setting (1890's New York); the main character, Eve Whitby; the idea of a Ghost Precinct where mediums (media?) and ghosts work together to solve mysteries; and the way this gifted author tells the story of strong female characters (both alive and ghostly). Leanna Renee Hieber, in addition to being an author, is an actress who leads ghost tours in New York City, and her knowledge of ghosts and the city itself shine through in this novel that is charming as ...more
Solving cases with the help of the dead? It certainly sounded quite interesting to me hence why I chose to read this book.
And it was. The author made art out of spiritualism, that is for sure. I have been fascinated and wanted to know more. I think it is in human nature to ask what may come after death. I liked the sensitive way answers to that questions are given here while still maintaining some of the mystery.
The story takes place at the end of the 19th century. Women still had to fight for i ...more
Eve Whitby is a medium. She can see and talk to ghosts. She has been chosen to be in charge of the Ghost Precinct. Her unit will assist the police when only a ghost can lead them in the right direction. Not only is the Ghost Precinct unusual because of it's supernatural ties, but this is back when women couldn't hold those types of jobs. It was unseemly.
I really wanted to like this book, but I was bored from the start. I didn't connect with the characters, and I didn't really care what happened. ...more