The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits
by Alys Clare

“I’m dreadfully afraid someone is threatening to kill my wife … “

London, 1880. “I’m dreadfully afraid someone is threatening to kill my wife …” When accounts clerk Ernest Stibbins approaches the World’s End investigation bureau with wild claims that his wife Albertina has been warned by her spirit guides that someone is out to harm her, the bureau’s owner Lily Raynor and her new employee Felix Wilbraham are initially sceptical. How are the two private enquiry agents supposed to investigate threats from beyond the grave?

But after she attends a séance at the Stibbins family home, Lily comes to realize that Albertina is in terrible danger. And very soon so too is Lily herself …


A marvelous addition to Clare’s varied repertoire of historical mysteries introduces two captivating new detectives and features a surprising denouement

Kirkus Reviews

Impressive … the solid plotting, colorful Victorian settings, and fun detective duo bode well for future instalments

Publishers Weekly

A clever plot, two engaging sleuths, plenty of period ambience, and a satisfying ending make this a fine choice for all mystery collections


The author’s writing style, likable characters, and intriguing plot will draw in readers. Lily and Felix are both well-rounded, complex characters with interesting backstories. The plot is multifaceted and will keep readers engaged. Recommended for historical and traditional mystery lovers

Library Journal

Alys Clare

Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied English and psychology at the University of Keele and archaeology at the University of Kent. She is the author of the Aelf Fen, Hawkenlye, World’s End Bureau and Gabriel Taverner historical mystery series.

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The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits by Alys Clare is available in the following formats

Paperback978184751993131st August 2020139 X 216mm240£13.99
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