The Booked of Beloved by Carolyn Haines

The Book of Beloved by Carolyn Haines was a Net Galley read.  It will be published 9 August 2016 by Thomas & Mercer.  This book defies easy genre classification.  It fits in the following mystery sub-genres: cozy, historical, thriller, and paranormal. 

Set in the deep South 1920, Raissa James travels from Savannah to Mobile to spend the summer with her beloved Uncle Brett.  Little does the young widow know what mysteries, challenges, and life changing events awaiting her in Mobile.  Thus ensues a gripping novel about spiritualism, race, equality, and passion. 

Raissa is a brilliantly written character, complex and intriguing.  The subject matter isn’t one I normally would read but I loved this book.  I loved the intrigue and the creepiness.  Raissa is a character who grows from the opening lines of the book until the last line. 

Raissa would be interesting to sit down with in a speakeasy.  She’s funny, determined, has definite viewpoints, and has compassion.  Her viewpoints would not be out of place in modern day America.

Five stars out of five stars for a gripping and entertaining read.  I am looking forward to the next book!

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