Review: Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Title: Things Half in Shadow

Author: Alan Finn

Published: Gallery Books December 2014

Status: Read from December 28 to 30, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Things Half in Shadow is an entertaining mystery thriller with a paranormal twist, set in postbellum Philadelphia, in which author Alan Finn (the pen name of Todd Ritter) introduces an unusual crime solving duo – independently wealthy crime reporter, Edward Clark and brazen confidence trickster, Lucy Collins, who become unlikely allies when they are present at the death of Lenora Grimes Pastor, the city’s most highly regarded medium.

Edward tells the tale of Things Half in Shadow as an old man sharing the story with his granddaughter. The two lead characters are wonderfully drawn, interesting and believable with intriguing secrets.
Edward is a gentleman, a veteran of the civil war, independently wealthy and engaged to a young lady of society. Tasked by his editor to expose Philadelphia’s psychic fraudsters preying on the grieving families of those lost in the war, he is reluctant to do so, though he has a secret that makes him uniquely qualified for the feature.
Mrs. Lucy Collins claims to be a ‘spiritually gifted’ young widow, offering her services as a medium to the bereaved of Philadelphia and is Edward’s first target for his newspaper expose. In truth she is a ‘fallen’ woman, successfully scamming Philadelphia society with simple sleight of hand.

The plot sees Edward and Lucy forced to cooperate in the wake of Pastor’s murder to clear their names, despite their mutual antipathy. There are several suspects including the other man and women who were in attendance at the seance, Leonora’s husband and a mysterious man in black who seems to be shadowing Edward. The suspense is well crafted, and the mystery behind Leonora’s unusual death is much more complex than it seems, eventually exposing a startling conspiracy that stretches back into Edward’s past.

Historically atmospheric, with a surprise cameo from PT Barnum, Things Half in Shadow is a great mystery tale, and one of my favourite books for 2014. Finn hints that Edward and Lucy may return soon, I can’t wait.

Available to Purchase From

Simon & Schuster I Amazon US I BookDepository I IndieBound

in Australia: via Booko


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. notesoflifeuk
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 07:27:24

    Sounds good 🙂 *Adds to list*. Thanks!



  2. Silver's Reviews
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 07:28:06

    I think I would LOVE this book.

    I love historical fiction, and the content sounds great.

    THANKS for a great review and post.




  3. Susan Whelan
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 11:02:24

    Sounds intriguing. Another one to add to the list.



  4. Deborah
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 14:13:00

    This one does sound interesting! Thanks for sharing!



  5. MarthaE
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 14:59:56

    I thought this looked good. Glad you enjoyed it. Makes it more tempting for me. Thanks. 🙂



  6. Lindsay @ Book Baby
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 15:13:45

    I’m going to have to check this out!



  7. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 17:42:38

    This is why I love reading your reviews Shelleyrae! The synopsis for this book didn’t really grab me, but i now see that it could be a fantastic read- will add to my TBR list!



  8. Lisa
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 11:44:14

    Sounds fascinating! I’ll add it to my library request list.



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