Whispers of Warning by Jessica Estevao

Whispers of Warning

Jessica Estevao

The latest in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain...

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Ruby Proulx’s new life in Orchard Beach, Maine, faces some sinister complications in the next Change of Fortune Mystery by Jessica Estevao…

Free from the clutches of her con artist father, Ruby Proulx is starting to settle in at the Belden, her aunt Honoria’s seaside hotel. She loves finally being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps Honoria keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysically inclined guests.
 
When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge, checks into the hotel for a monthlong stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expands outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to fight for women’s rights.
 
But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia’s appearance in Old Orchard. When a dangerous act of sabotage is carried out and a body is found floating in the pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to find answers— and in the process learns that her new friend has been hiding some deadly secrets of her own…


Advance Galley Reviews

I absolutely enjoyed reading this historical fiction mystery. I loved the time period, it was very descriptive that I felt I was there. I would read this again and read more from this author. Thank you for advanced copy.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review of this book. I highly enjoyed this book. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from the description, but I loved it! It is a little overly descriptive in some parts, hence the 4 stars, but it has a great story, a good twist, great characters, and is set against the suffrage movement. Ruby Proulx is a wonderful young woman who is trying to find her place in the world of the Belden with her Aunt and the rest of the metaphysically gifted staff. Ruby and her friend, Lucy are beginning to have fun and Ruby is also beginning to flirt with Lucy’s brother, a young policeman. I enjoyed the interplay with Officer Yancey and Ruby, they are quite fun. I would definitely recommend this book!

Whispers of Warning by Jessica Estevao is the second story in A Change of Fortune Mystery series. Ruby Proulx and her Aunt Honoria are thrilled when suffragist and spiritualist, Sophronia Foster Eldridge checks into the Belden for a month long stay (quite a coupe for the hotel). At a suffrage rally, Sophronia states she is writing a book about corruption and secret dealings by powerful men. She will sell her manuscript to the highest bidder and use the money to further suffrage movement. Despite a threatening letter and a sabotaged stage, Sophronia will not be deterred. Is Sophronia that dedicated to the cause or does she have a hidden agenda? Sophronia is soon found dead a pool at Pinkney Ferris’ bathhouse. Ruby starts looking into Sophronia’s life and sets out to expose her killer. Whispers of Warning is the second story in A Chance of Fortune Mystery series and it can be read alone. Ruby’s past and her abilities along with what occurred in the first book is discussed (in great detail). I like the paranormal and historical aspects of the story (suffrage, spiritualist, Hay Feverist Society). The writing style, though, hindered my reading enjoyment. It lacks an ease. The pace was glacial thanks to the overabundance of details (the author needed to find a balance) and repetition of information. The dialogue seems stilted and awkward. I am rating Whispers of Warning 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). The murder did not occur until almost halfway into the story. By the time Sophronia was killed (there was no doubt she would be the one murdered), I already identified the evil doer. Suffrage instead of mystery dominates Whispers of Warning. Whispers of Warning has an interesting premise, but I did not enjoy the final outcome.

Just really dull, I tried to get into it for fully half the book and still didn't really care.

The Belden Hotel caters to an unusual clientele, those that believe in the supernatural. Ruby Proulx, niece of the owner, is now a permanent resident who works as one of the paranormal practitioners. A famous suffragist comes to stay while she speaks at a rally and then promotes a march. The police have little resources to keep unrest from happening and when the body of Miss Foster Eldridge is found drown in a bathhouse pool, they conclude suicide and close the case. In the meantime Ruby knows that the suffragist was going to expose corrupt officials and would not take her own life. So she takes it upon herself to find out the truth and there are plenty of suspects with secrets to hide. A cozy who-done-it with interesting side notes delving into the suffragist movement. Thank you First-to-Read for this free e-copy of Whispers of Warning.

i really enjoy books set at the turn of the twentieth century. it was such an interesting time period, not just due to historical events, but culturally the world was changing. and the increased interest in the spirit world, is reflective of a world that was drastically shifting and yet trying to still hold onto the past. this is the second book in the change of fortune series, and i kind of wish i had read whispers beyond the veil first. not because whisper of warning can't stand alone, because it does, but because i would have liked to pick up ruby's story from the beginning. the plot in whisper of warning revolves around the suffrage movement and when ruby's new mentor is killed, ruby can't stop herself from investigating the murder. i really enjoy these stories for the heroines with modern sensibilities navigating the world that seeks to silence their briliance. i love that they can overcome the constraints society places on them. i love the relationships they form with people of all walks of life. you get such a feel for the era, even though modern attitudes suffuse the narrative. if you like the veronica speedwell mysteries, you will like this series too.

"Whispers of Warning" is the second novel in Ms.Estevao's "Change of Fortune" Mystery series. This was the first novel in this series that I have read and I was not disappointed. It works well as a stand alone, but I want to go back and read the first one. Ruby Proulx is staying at her aunt Honoria's "metaphysically" hotel that caters to a certain type clientele. Ruby herself is a medium who is coming into her own powers. She finds herself in awe of a certain guest who is staying at her aunt's hotel, who has also taken an interest in Ruby. This guest is a rather outspoken woman who is a famous advocate of the suffragist movement and is not above using a bit of trickery to get her point across. Ruby is a strong willed young woman who is not above putting herself in harms way to solve a murder much to chagrin of a certain young police officer. There is a mutual unspoken attraction between the two of them and I cannot wait to see what might happen between the two of them in the next novel in this series. There were also a few sub plots going on that kept my interest from waning. I loved the setting of this series, the seaside village in Maine, plus the era women's rights. The other characters are likeable and well developed. I really did not know what to expect from this novel, but I have a new series to add to my collection. I would like to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this e-galley.

It would have probably been a better read had I spent the money on the first one. As it was, I liked it ok, I enjoy historical fiction. But I suspect it would have been better had I read book one.

"Whispers of Warning" the second in the A Change of Fortune series by Jessica Estevao is the novel centering on Ruby Proulx as she solves the murder of a guest in her aunt's hotel. Ruby is not only audiovoiant, but she is also what would be considered a modern day mentalist. She was raised by a con-artist father and taken in by her aunt who runs a Spiritualist themed hotel. Ruby works as a medium. The novel takes place following WWI during the suffragist movement. A leader of the movement checks into the hotel and winds up drowned in a neighboring pool. Ruby teams up with Det. Yancey to try and solve the murder. Though this is a second novel in a series, reading the first is not necessary. I thought the book was very entertaining and well written. Reading on the suffragist as well as the spiritualist fad was a lot of fun. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series. I received this book from www.firsttoread.com.

Set in the time of the suffrage movement, this was a wonderful, uplifting mystery. Ruby Proulx is quickly drawn into the heart of the movement when a speaker asks her to use her skills as a medium on stage. Soon after, she and her friend, Detective Yancy, find themselves hunting for a murderer. The characters are entertaining, the plot is tight and moves quickly.

I found the story to be very slow moving, and the crime didn't occur until about 100 pages into the book. There were some interesting bits about the Hay Fever Society and the suffrage movement, but the plot didn't hold my attention. This is the second book in the series, but I didn't feel that it was necessary to read the first to become acquainted with the characters.

This was the first novel in this series I have read since I didn't realize this was the second book. I can say I wasn't disappointed. It was a very good stand alone novel. Ruby is a very interesting and entertaining character along with Officer Yancey and her aunt Honoria. I love the way the characters develop and the way the past, with the women's suffrage movement, comes to life within the pages. Will definitely recommend to my friends.

This is a very good series. It is probably one of the most creative backgrounds/plots I have seen in a long time. I have to admit that when I saw this was available in the First to Read program, but the second in a series, I ran out and got the first book to read first. The first one is called Whispers Beyond The Veil. Now, you don't really need to read the first book, but I recommend it. You'll get to know the characters and the background a lot better. I am assuming that the way it ended that there will be a third. There is also an open ended plot in the book involving Ruby's time with her father, but no spoilers here! Ruby has moved in to her Aunt Honoria's hotel, The Belden, during a busy time. Honoria is busy trying to ramp up business in her hotel by featuring mediums and other individuals who have psychic abilities to consult the guests. Ruby herself is developing her ability as a medium and how she helps guests in the hotel. Then on top of all that, the seaside town is anxiously awaiting the big pier opening that is ready to take place in their idyllic setting by the sea. The first and second books feature a murder mystery and also shows the beginning of a possible love story between Ruby and Officer Warren Yancey, This book is a historical mystery and again, I find it a very creative plot and background in a world of cookie cutter plots. No claims of a huge twist, or "the next Gone Girl" here. Just a good, old fashioned story for you! And who doesn't like that? Thank you very much to First To Read for an advance copy. Book set to release September 19, 2017.

I was surprised to learn that this book was the second one in a series because I think it can read as a stand-alone book. I liked that the story was set during the women's suffrage movement, and the author did a great job incorporating spiritual elements into the plot. I liked the chemistry between Ruby and Yancey and it was nice to see their relationship develop slowly instead of jumping right into a romantic relationship. I'd be interested to see how their relationship progresses in future stories. I'd definitely read more of this author's books.

I was intrigued by this series and got the first before I read this one, the second. Both create a wonderful sense of the period in which seances and psychics were very popular, if not outright shams. The characters are delightful, each with their own agendas, and singular desires that don't often overlap. The series is fun and the book is a welcome addition.

While I knew that this was a second book in the series, I decided to start with it instead of the first one. To my great joy, this did not affect the quality, story/plot, and understanding of the book. Story takes place in a seaside hotel and incorporates historical, spiritual, and human relationship between very unique and interesting characters. Twisted plot slowly unfolds during the suffragette movement and the reader gets to see every character develop in their own (at times twisted and evil) way. I am looking forward to reading the first book, and more books from this series.

I didn't realize this was #2 in a series. It can stand alone since all of the author's comments to earlier events are explained in enough detail. I would prefer to read books in order though. This historical fiction is during the suffragette movement. Honoria owns a seaside hotel and to make up for being a smaller business, she stands out by being a spiritual establishment with her own medium and other persons who can interact with people from the afterlife. There is murder, blackmail, and enough romantic interest to keep my attention throughout the whole book. I did like Ruby and Yancey, the main two characters in the book.

4.5 stars. This was a really enjoyable book. Even though it was the second in a series, it was easy to get up to speed. Ruby is a very sympathetic character and the other characters were nice and quirky, very interesting. I liked the historical details about the woman's suffrage movement and the culture in general, and also the spiritualist elements. I will definitely read the first book and future books from this author. Highly recommended.

This was a really pleasant surprise and I am really looking forward to going back and reading the first book in the series! Ruby is a super charming protagonist, and I love the way the book deals with social justice themes with a light touch. The whole psychic/medium/spiritualist angle could have ended up has a convenient deus ex machina device, which I would have found annoying. But instead Ruby's voice just points her in the right direction while leaving her to put the pieces together herself, and the book is still full of old-fashioned procedural investigation, which I love. Really fun and sweet.

Whispers of Warning is the second book of the “A Change of Fortune Mystery” series. Ruby Proulx, the Canadian fugitive medicine show performer, has now settled down with her aunt who runs a spiritualist hotel in Orchard Beach, Maine. She finds herself once again involved in murder, this time of a leading suffragist. Trying to figure out the identity of the murderer, she finds herself once again helping/hindering the Ocean Beach Police Officer Warren Yancey. I adored this book even though I hadn’t read the first one. The mystery was complex and believable. I loved the quirky characters of the town of Orchard Beach – the underhanded sheriff, the scheming hotel magnet, Ruby’s Aunt and her spiritual circle of friends. The author brings to life the era of spiritualism and the fight for women’s rights. She is attentive to historical detail which makes this book even more delightful. I enjoyed this book so much that I’m going to go out immediately and get the first one, Whispers from Beyond the Veil.

A slow and steady mystery where the character development is more important than the actual mystery. Which ended up working incredibly well for the author. I enjoyed reading the thought processes of both leading lady, Ruby, and leading man, Yancey. I was so into seeing how the relationships developed and what was being revealed about several characters that I wasn't even particularly interested in seeing who the murderer was. It might also be that I felt no connection whatsoever to the victim, but I'll give Estevao the benefit of the doubt. I'll also give props for the fact that the ending seemed to come out of nowhere, yet it made perfect sense within the story. That was really well done.

This was the second in a series in which I hadn't read the first book, but that in no way impacted my ability to enjoy this one. I will say that so much of the first book was referenced I did wonder how much of it was actually spoilers. I enjoyed this story immensely and found the time period and location to be really interesting. The characters themselves were excellently crafted and the bit of psychic spin they were centered against was right up my alley. My only issue with this murder mystery, and unfortunately it's a bit of a peeve of mine, is that the murder didn't happen until fully half way through the book. In fact, about 120 pages in I was ready to give it up. But because I given the book by the publisher I went ahead and pushed through and I am glad that I did I just wished I hadn't had to. While I won't go back to read the first in the series, because I do think I was given too much detail reading this one, I do think that I will most definitely be interested in the next in the series.

I really enjoyed this book! Never had read this author before. Her writing flowed nicely and the story was wonderful. I now feel I should read the first in the series to possibly get some more back ground on Ruby. Looking forward to more books in the series.

Good read ... looking forward to more from this author.

 


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