I really didn't expect to enjoy the John Darnell mysteries .. but even after this third one, I have to admit that I've found nothing not to like. John is down-to-earth and level-headed. His "cases" involve debunking paranormal occurences, and the stories are thoughtfully constructed - they have a paranormal aspect, but don't take the reader outside of their normal comfort zone.
In this book, the young daughter of the (new) British PM disappears during a seance. Darnell, with the help of his good friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is asked to invistigate the medium who led the seance, and to help find the missing girl, while keeping the truth away from the superstitious public.
The period setting, early 20th-Century London, is skillfully portrayed. The author's use of real and fictional characters lends a certain believability to tales that might otherwise tend to the bizarre.
I actually think the John Darnell mysteries are a hidden gem. I hope there are many more.
I have just finished this book.I have also read 2 others by this author. This is the type of book one reads when you have had alot of stress in your day and want to relax. All three of the books I read by Mr. Carver started alittle slow, but as I kept reading I found to my surprise that I was drawn into the story. I will read the rest of the series but do not recomend these books if you are looking for a real "page turner".
Historical mystery - Conan Doyle, Lloyd George, seances. Solve by Professor John Darnell