Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review: The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher

I'm fascinated by glamorous 1920's and I've always loved Harry Houdini legends and lore. So I was delighted to dig into The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher.

This fascinating read delves into Spiritualism - a movement that aimed to speak with the dead - which was all the rage in post-flu epidemic America. The witch of Lime Street was in actuality the pretty wife of a distinguished Boston surgeon, Mina Crandon, a.k.a. Margery, a home-based medium masquerading as a housewife, who held popular séances in her home. When a Scientific American contest that hoped to declare the first fraud-free, honest to goodness medium tested Margery's spiritual aptitude, the drama intensifies: the trickiest judge to convince of her skills would be the renown escape artist, Harry Houdini.

This book is captivating, and though it's nonfiction it's hard to believe that it's not a Hollywood invention. If you're looking for a book that promises to engage you from cover to cover, check out The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher, now available at your local independent bookstore or library.

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