The concept and premise of this book are very intriguing: a secret society for the investigation of paranormal activity set against the backdrop of the turn of the 20th century England (and Africa), a blend of very different cultures, and a heroine with a sharp wit combine for a potentially very satisfying read.
Mrs. Beatrice Knight, who is gifted with paranormal abilities and haunted by her dead husband, finds herself solving a mystery involving the ghosts of man-eating lions in Africa. Her character is so endearing and witty that the weaker parts of the book are easily tolerated. Aside from some blatant copy editing errors, this book really could have soared with some more depth and fleshing out.
I liked so much about the book that it is hard to point out the flaws, but I think the author is capable of even more. The threads of the plot don’t hang together as tightly as they could, and some characters are one-dimensional. I particularly misunderstood the relationship with Mr. Timmons, which was more complex than at first presented.
The author has a solid handle on humor and this is the source of the book’s greatest strength. I think I would greatly enjoy a pot of tea with Mrs. Knight, preferably at a decent hour well after sunrise.