Sunday, December 10, 2023

Five top books that feature mediums & the spirit world

M. M. (Marjorie) DeLuca spent her childhood in the beautiful cathedral city of Durham in North-Eastern England. She attended the University of London, Goldsmiths College, studied psychology, then became a teacher. She immigrated to Canada and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two children. There she also studied writing under her mentor, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Carol Shields.

She loves writing for all ages and in many genres—suspense, historical, sci-fi for teens. She's also a screenwriter with several pilot projects in progress.

DeLuca enjoys teaching workshops in Creative Writing and the writing process.

Her new novel is The Night Side.

[My Book, The Movie: The Night Side; The Page 69 Test: The Night Side]

At CrimeReads DeLuca tagged five great books that feature mediums and the mysteries of the spirit world, including:
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

A darkly comic but sinister tale of wicked spirits and suburban mediums from the late Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light. Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London’s orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her genial, smiling persona hides a desperate woman whose ability to communicate with spirits is a torment rather than a gift, since her days and nights are haunted by the men she knew in her childhood: thugs and petty criminals who preyed upon her hopeless, addled mother. These nasty, unwelcome spirits gradually infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and more persistent the more she resists. The story is told in Mantel’s brilliantly lyrical language with a master writer’s perception of the follies of the human condition.
Read about another entry on the list.

Beyond Black is among Isaac Fellman's five books that feel like a trippy haunted house, Laura Purcell's ten top books about spirit mediums, Jess Kidd's ten essential supernatural mysteries, and Sarah Porter's five top books with unusual demons and devils.

--Marshal Zeringue