Author: A.J. Wright
Published: October 2017 by Endeavor Press
Category: Historical, Murder, Mystery, Book Review
Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police has no time for tales of ghosts and the afterlife, or of the dead contacting the living.
So, when he finds himself investigating the case of a recently widowed young woman, Alice Goodway, who has suddenly developed ‘the Gift’ of mediumship and has received a threatening letter, he embarks on the inquiry with no small degree of scepticism.
Set in a North-Western English town during the late 19th century, this murder/mystery whodunnit brings the history of the era to life with the terraces of houses, local dialect and a community living in close proximity to one another. The main source of work were the cotton mills and the mines. Alice Goodway, only married a year, has lost her husband, Jack, in a mining accident, which also took the life of her friend’s husband. Since her husband’s death, Alice has become a medium, offering comfort to those who have lost loved ones, through her spiritual contact with Jack.
Jack’s obnoxious aunt Doris has moved in with Alice, supervising the séances and taking payments. When Alice receives a threatening note and her aunt is murdered in her bed, Detective Sergeant Brennan of the Wigan Borough Police Department and his side kick Constable Jaggery are tasked with the investigation.
Brennan’s first impression of Doris Goodway wasn’t a favourable one. He knew, from the brief time he’d been speaking with both Alice Goodway and her late husband’s aunt, that the young widow was still suffering grievously from her tragic loss of three months ago. Yet her way of coping with such grief was quite a novel one, he thought. She has spent much of the intervening time meeting with a number of people in what the aunt referred to as sittings and claiming to have been granted the ability to speak with the spirits of the dead.