Séance in Sepia

Séance in Sepia

Large Print - 2012
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Flynn Kiernan buys an unusual old picture an antiques dealer calls a "spirit photograph," claimed to be taken of the departed during a séance. Determined to discover the story behind it, she learns the images are of a young architect plus his wife and best friend whom he was accused of killing in the sensational 1875 Chicago "Free Love Murders. " Flynn also finds notes from a jailhouse interview with the husband conducted by feminist firebrand and spiritualist Victoria Woodhull.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012, c2011.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410444967
1410444961
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT M BLACK M
Characteristics: large print
489 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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wendybradley
Dec 27, 2017

Much like the previous comment, I thought telling this story in two different times (the present and the 1870s) did not quite work. I thought it would have been better told in the present time myself.

There are lost opportunities in the writing, to tell more fully the story of early women who lived outside the social norm, but perhaps in another book altogether.

For me the writing was skilled, but the book overall did not satisfy.

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DanaKBurgess
Feb 21, 2015

A fun, easy read. A novel written in two time periods but I thought the present was needless. It would have been a better book if it had stayed in the past story and ignored the present all together.

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