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Publisher's Note:

London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own séances, after leaving a message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter. Ellie doesn't contact the dead—at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can't refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics. As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force…

The Other Side of Midnight

by Simone St. James

Overall Book Review:

The Other Side of Midnight is a fun, fast-paced historical fiction mystery. The book, written by award-winning author Simone St. James, has a fascinating premise that will instantly draw readers in. Set in 1925 London, kind and genial Ellie finds herself drawn into solving the mysterious death of her once friend Gloria. As Ellie journeys into Gloria’s questionable world, mysteries are unraveled and secrets revealed. With so many twists and turns, plus impeccable pacing, readers will find it impossible to put this murder mystery down. St. James deftly explores spiritualism and the role of psychics in post-World War I England, providing a riveting backdrop for the book’s plot. The Other Side of Midnight is a great read, full of action, intrigue and a charming love interest.  I not only recommend this book, but am excited to discover and read other works by Simone St. James.

Review of Advance Reader Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by New American Library


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  37 religious exclamations, 25 mild obscenities, 3 religious profanities, 3 derogatory names, 1 scatological word, 1 anatomical term.

 Violence/Gore:  Multiple secondhand reports of violence involving World War I flashbacks; a few brief incidents of blood and gore describing a murder scene. 

Sex/Nudity:  Several incidents of kissing; two mentions of a half nude painting with no details; a few sexual references including references to homosexuality and abortion; a brief scene of touching and caressing; a few implied or reported incidents of sexual activity. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members, drug and alcohol addiction, war, mention of suspected suicide, brief references to homosexuality and abortion, psychics/spiritualism.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters drink and smoke; a character is described as having a drug addiction.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
7
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
5
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.