Redheaded Daisy Gumm Majesty is
not your average 1920s spiritual medium. Rather, she's a canny and perceptive
girl who lacks an actual connection to the "other side", but who
uses her unique understanding of the human condition as a "spiritual
counselor" to make a good living for her family, including a young
husband ruined from fighting the Huns in Germany.
chosen career is just a tad
bit illegal as the police would see it more as
fortune telling than psychological and emotional assistance. Not
that any of her wealthy, satisfied (if a bit flighty) customers would ever dream of turning her in,
but Daisy's wheelchair-bound husband's new best friend is none other than
archenemy Detective Sam Rotondo, a cranky police officer who just misses
catching her in the act of her questionable occupation with alarming
frequency. But the brusque cop may be willing to overlook Daisy's
profession as it appears that her countless social connections would make
an excellent unofficial snoop for his cases.
Now if only this
card-carrying choir member con-artist can just get past her morally
superior ethics and agree!
worked for me:
Sweet and lovable Daisy is just darling, if a bit garrulous! She's
so sincere in her belief that she is helping people that you almost forget
that she's truly a con-artist in the eyes of the law. The rest of
the cast of characters are also very real and sympathetic. I easily
could envision before and after "the Big War" images of Daisy's broken
young husband Billy. (Shades of Lord Chatterley, anyone?)
Size-wise Daisy is a bit
curvier than is fashionable for the era of boyish flappers, but she
doesn't reflect on it very much. She is like many young women,
however, in that she's a bit taken aback when she sees a larger, older woman
wearing bright colors or getting down on her hands and knees to play with
puppies. Life as a large woman is a foreign concept to Daisy for now,
but she owns that it may become more familiar to her one day thanks to her
fondness for her Aunt Vi's fine cooking.
What didn't work for me:
I don't have a problem with it, but those who have strict genre
preferences might. This series defies simple categorization having
elements of both cozy mysteries and romance, but you could just as easily
consider it light historical fiction with occasional dealings in darker
matters like the treatment of homosexuals or the suffering of war veterans.
There were a couple of
passages that were so information intensive that I felt like I was getting
a history lesson, but aside from that it was smooth sailing.
delightful, Daisy is sure to please readers of many genres, especially
fans of novels set in the Roaring Twenties.
If you liked
the Daisy Gumm Majesty mystery series
you might also enjoy the
"Daisy Dalrymple" mystery series, the
mystery series ,"The Edge of Town",
"High on a Hill",
"A Place Called Rainwater",
"Lady Chatterley's Lover",
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