Beyond Belief (Emily Castles Mysteries)

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Emily Castles, spare-time private investigator, full-time desk jockey is at it again! When renowned psychic Perspicacious Peg predicts a murder will occur at England’s Belief and Beyond conference, her skeptical colleagues recruit twenty-six-year-old budding sleuth Emily to attend the event to investigate. The suspected victim is illusionist Edmund Zenon, who plans to perform a daring stunt at the conference.

In the seaside town of Torquay, Emily meets a colorful cast of characters: dramatic fortune-teller Madame Nova; kindly Bobby Blue Suit and his three psychic dachshunds; Sarah and Tim Taylor, devastated parents mourning their late son; and religious cult members Hilary, Trina, and the Colonel. Tensions rise as believers in science, the supernatural, and the spiritual clash with one another. But once a body count begins, Emily must excuse herself from the séances and positivity circles, and use old-fashioned detective work to find the killer.

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British novelist Helen Smith’s previous titles include Alison Wonderland, Being Light, and The Miracle Inspector, as well as the Emily Castles mystery series. She resides in London.

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“At the start of British author Smith’s lighthearted second contemporary mystery featuring Emily Castles (after Invitation to Die), the 26-year-old amateur detective attends a meeting of the Royal Society for the Exploration of Science and Culture at its London headquarters, where ‘philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, ethicists, and theologians gather to debate the nature of belief.’ When the police don’t take seriously one member’s premonition that someone will die at a psychic conference in Torquay over the upcoming Easter weekend, Emily winds up being hired to investigate this premonition and its outcome. Complicating her mission is the arrival of an old crush and a £50,000 prize to anyone who can prove the existence of the paranormal. Vivid descriptions of the lovely seaside town of Torquay in southern England make up, in part, for the lack of tension in this leisurely-paced effort that could almost pass for a 1930s period piece.” —Publishers Weekly

“This wonderful plot makes for a very unusual mystery, and readers will be enthralled by the cast of characters presented.” —Suspense Magazine

“I love a mystery with a spunky amateur sleuth, and Helen Smith has created a great little cozy series with the charming Emily Castles...Like most of Helen’s books, there’s shades of Agatha Christie and hints of Mary Higgins Clark...I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s intriguing and entertaining. I think it’ll spice up a long winter night now that we’ve passed the holiday season and are into the dreary months. Skip the dreary and enjoy a cozy little mystery!” —Criminal Element

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