Beware if you seek romantic tales. They are here, but do you really want to witness unhappy endings? If pain and the odious are your aim, prepare for new and ghastly sensations. All is not well on Nottingham Road.
You have now been warned, so now you are invited to meet very wonderful and humane individuals who, like you, seek comfort where it doesn't exist and meaning where there is none.
if you will, the descendant of the actual 19th-century medium, D.D. Home, whose
ancestor is the fictional main character in this thrilling novel.
Mad Medium is an
anarchist who is mentally unstable. His phony séances defraud the wealthy, even
as they provide the front for a drug and white slavery operation.
sends an officer to investigate the supposed charlatan. The medium comes to
believe the agent is really the reincarnation of his son, who died of a drug
overdose. The agent benefits from this misunderstanding, and soon meets some
extremely dangerous criminals.
agent uncovers an underworld of crime operating at the séances, which are scary
at times and amusing at others.
"I am sure I wish Conrad had never left her with me," she mused; "and yet there seemed no other solution of the difficulty when the regiment was ordered out to Simla. It was impossible, of course, to take her with him, and poor Helen was so opposed to boarding-schools. But it has certainly been a mistake having her here. Such an unruly, passionate nature as Monica's needs very careful handling, and not one of these governesses has had the tact to manage her. I'm sure I don't know what to do about her."
Mrs. Beauchamp's ruminations were cut short by the abrupt entrance of a girl of fifteen, tall, and with a haughty mien, but possessing a face which denoted much character, albeit it wore an unpleasant scowl at the present moment. Pushing the door to behind her with no gentle hand, so that it slammed violently, causing a jingling among the pretty knick-knacks with which the handsome drawing-room was lavishly ornamented, Monica Beauchamp stood before her grandmother, like a young lioness at bay.