The Society of Spirits

Fiction - Mystery - Historical
300 Pages
Reviewed on 12/14/2023
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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

Emma has been able to communicate with ghosts all her life, something her father abhorred. Under his close watch, she learned to repress her gift, instead devoting herself to becoming a prim and proper lady. When her widowed grandmother makes her attend a séance at Viscount Ashbourne’s manor, Emma realizes her long-dormant powers are still at work. When Lord Ashbourne proposes to use her unique abilities to solve crimes with a supernatural aspect, Emma is initially hesitant. Joined by Professor Warren and Sergeant Quinn, can the duo solve their first mystery centering on a seemingly haunted house? Find out in The Society of Spirits, a paranormal novel by Marial Winters.

With flawless writing, Marial Winters brought the Victorian era to life. The lavish balls with aristocratic guests in their elegant couture presented the era in all its glory. At the same time, she sketched a harsh picture of life in the prisons and the asylums. An escalating obsession with the paranormal, including séances and mediumship, sets the backdrop to the story. The Society Lord Ashbourne curated comprises a motley collection, including a refined viscount, a jolly professor, a somewhat brash sergeant, and a demure lady. I loved the glaring contrasts in their characters and marveled at how, despite their differences, they worked together to make a perfect team. I admired the strength of Lord Ashbourne, who maintained his status while knowing that close-minded society would frown upon his inclinations. I loved Emma, who, for the first time, found a haven for exploring her unique abilities. I admired her nerve as she went against social norms and inhibitions by joining the adventures with the other members of the group. Her angst over the doomed romantic feelings tugged at my emotions. The paranormal elements, such as ghostly apparitions and unearthly visions, added to the mysticism. I thoroughly enjoyed The Society of Spirits and am looking forward to reading more about their adventures.