Curse of the Gypsy is the third book in the Lady Anne series by Donna Lea Simpson and was first published in 2009. The series has been re-released under Simpson's pseudonym Victoria Hamilton. That seems a little confusing, but the previous books in the series that I've reviewed have had the Victoria Hamilton label.
I like this original cover much better than the most recent one.
After Lady Anne's adventures in Cornwall with The Revenge of the Barbary Ghost, she returns to her home in Kent.
So...a gypsy curse, some unexplained illnesses, a blast from the past (and we thought he was dead), a mistaken identity, the arrival of Lord Darkefell (of course), and a resolution to this series of three Lady Anne books.
Light reading and enjoyable, but maybe the first one in the series is the best.
NetGalley/Beyond the Page Publishing
Historical Mystery. 1st ed. 2009; 2019. Print length: 363 pages.
After reading Mr. Scarletti's Ghost, I decided to try the second in this series by Linda Stratmann.
Brighton is once again a hotbed of spiritual and psychic chicanery in The Royal Ghost. Tiny Mina Scarletti, twisted by scoliosis, once again takes up the banner of rational thought and investigates a pamphlet in which two sisters claim to have seen the ghost of King George IV. Actually, not the fat and unpopular king, but the man he was when he was the young and attractive Prince Regent.
The two pseudonymous sisters say they witnessed the prince and his mistress in flagrante--and the details are such that the women of Brighton are surreptitiously buying and reading the scandalous pamphlet! Ahh, the titillation of the Victorian era.
Mina finds herself in an awkward situation when a famous person tries to convince her to retract her earlier statements about the medium Miss Eustace and to accept that the pamphlet by the two sisters is genuine. When she refuses, she is threatened with blackmail.
While I find it difficult to imagine intelligent people being so determined to believe in mediums and psychic phenomena, spiritualism was surprisingly accepted from the 1840's through the 1920's, and Linda Stratmann has certainly done her research--including documentation of events and real people in her historical notes.
Historical Mystery. 2017. Print length: 350 pages.