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Monday 25 July 2011
‘Séance in Sepia’ by Michelle Black
Intrigued by the photograph Flynn conducts some further investigation and discovers that the people in the photograph were the subjects in a murder trial in
in 1875, when an architect was accused of killing his wife and his best friend - the murder case being dubbed ‘The Free Love Murders. Chicago
The story of the 1875 trial is unfolded from trial transcripts and a journal, interspersed with Flynn’s current day investigation of the story behind the photograph, which brings her into contact with several people who have a connection to this piece of history, and also people researching the life of Victoria Woodhull, an American suffragist who was a campaigner for women’s rights in the 19th century.
This is a many faceted work, weaving a real-life character and her beliefs into a credible story of murder, which also has its’ own message for the inhabitants of both centuries. I was captivated by the story, the well-drawn characters, and the insight into The Oneida Community, which was an education in itself. This book is highly recommended.
Michelle Black was born in
and studied anthropology in college, then went on to law school where she graduated with honors. In 1993, she moved to Kansas and began to focus on her fiction writing. For three years, she owned a bookstore in Colorado , a small town nestled high in the Colorado Rockies. Michelle has written six books, they are describes as books of an electrifying mix of history, mystery and adventure. The titles are: The Second Glass of Absinthe, Frisco, Colorado , The Book of Light, An Uncommon Enemy, Lightening in a Drought Year and coming this Autumn, Séance in Sepia which features real-life feminist firebrand, Victoria Woodhull as its protagonist. Solomon Spring
Michelle loves hearing from readers and hopes they will not be shy about contacting her at www.michelleblack.com