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The beloved Sergeant Cribb series by Peter Lovesey

The spiritualist movement has captivated a segment of Victorian London: manifestations, the occult, and ‘sensitives’ are in vogue. Unfortunately, those ready to believe are vunerable to fraud.

When séance sites become targets for theft, Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray are on the case. But then someone murders the medium, and the two find themselves rubbing shoulders with some rather eccentric suspects.


Splendid plot, prepossessing good humour, unassertively satisfying prose. Warmly recommended
Edmund Crispin, Sunday Times
Peter Lovesey is undeniably one of the best practitioners of the genre ... An elegantly written book
William Heaver, Financial Times
Neat puzzle whodunit with well-researched background of the Victorians' séance craze, plus sauce of cheeky humour. Sheer entertainment
HRF Keating, The Times
It has the delights of perfect period reconstruction
San Francisco Examiner
One of the best of this series, A Case of Spirits is lively and well-plotted
New York Times
The writing is strikingly evocative of the period, and the plot is riveting
Woodrow Wyatt, The Times Saturday Review