Under Queen Victoria’s reign, women are barred from calling themselves physicians, but that hasn’t stopped Alexandra Gladstone. As the first female doctor in Newton-upon-Sea, she spends her days tending sick villagers in the practice she inherited from her father, with her loyal and sometimes overprotective dog, Zack, by her side.
After the corpse of village spiritualist Alvina Elwold is discovered aboveground at a church boneyard, wild rumors circulate through the charming seaside village, including one implicating a certain regal guest lodging nearby. Tales of the dead Alvina hobnobbing with spirits and hexing her enemies are even more outlandish—but as a woman of science and reason, Alexandra has no doubt that a murderer made of flesh and blood is on the loose.
Finding out the truth means sorting through a deluge of ghostly visitors, royal sightings, and shifty suspects. At least her attentive and handsome friend Nicholas Forsyth, Lord Dunsford, has come to her aid. Alexandra will need all the help she can get, because she’s stumbled upon dangerous secrets—while provoking a deadly adversary who wants to keep them buried. – Goodreads
This was a wonderful mystery story. Alexandra Gladstone, her maid Nancy, and her would-be suitor Nicholas take us on a great bit of sleuthing. I really enjoyed Alexandra’s strength of character, and commitment to her profession. And I couldn’t help but cheer for Nicholas as he tries to get her attentions. With suspicions and accusations flying everywhere in the village it’s going to take some doing for our trio to unravel this puzzle.
My only regret about this book is that I didn’t discover this author sooner. This is book 4 in the series, so I will have to go back and do some catching up. If you like mysteries, ghost stories, and historical settings than this would be a great book for you.
This book is being released on April 14, 2015. Thanks to NetGalley for making this book available in advance.
Purchase here: Medium Dead: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery