Review: Whispers of Warning

Published by Berkley
Sep 19, 2017 | 336 Pages | ISBN 9780425281611


The latest in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…

Partially reformed con artist Ruby Proulx is starting to feel at home in her aunt’s seaside hotel. She loves the feeling of being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps her aunt keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysically inclined guests.

When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge, checks into the hotel for a month-long stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expand outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to work for a woman’s right to vote. But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia’s appearance in Old Orchard. When her body is found floating in the saltwater plunge pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to solve the murder, and in the process learns that Sophronia was hiding some secrets of her own.

My Thoughts

Whispers of Warning is the second book in A Change of Fortune Mystery series. I had not had the pleasure of reading the first novel, Whispers Beyond the Veil. Despite that I was able to jump right in without feeling as though I missed something. In this delightful series the heroine, Ruby Proulx, is a physic who finds herself from time to time drawn into the middle of a mystery, and what else can this modern girl do but solve it.

Whispers of Warning is set during the 1800's during the women's suffrage movement. Ruby is ecstatic when the estimable Sophronia Foster Eldridge, an outspoken suffragist, comes to stay at the Belden. Ruby is fascinated by Sophronia and does all she can to help her idol out. Meanwhile, Ruby and her Aunt Honoria have strange premonitions that may have something to do with Sophronia. And when Sophronia is found dead, Ruby finds herself investigating and uncovering more secrets than the Waterergate scandal.  

I really liked that this wasn't my average historical mystery. I loved that the Belden was a hotel whose staff had supernatural abilities. I also was fascinated by the time period. Though I was interested in both the story line and the characters, it took a while for the mystery to begin. But once it did, the story moved quickly. Jessica Estevao has tapped into the perfect mixture of mystery, magic, and mayhem. This book will appeal to readers across genres. History lovers, fantasy lovers, get ready to snuggle up with Whispers of Warning and a cup of coffee. Your weekend will be made!