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Beyond Belief (Emily Castles Mysteries) by [Helen Smith]

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In the second entry in Smith’s cozy series (after Invitation to Die), Emily Castles leaves her part-time job in London to travel to the seaside town of Torquay to be a “future crimes investigator.” Emily’s neighbor, philosophy professor Dr. Muriel, persuades her to attend the Belief and Beyond conference to help prevent a premonition that someone will drown at the conference. The suspected victim, magician Edmund Zenon, has offered £50,000 to anyone who can prove the existence of the paranormal. Emily encounters a wide variety of believers and nonbelievers during her investigation, including an aging actress-turned-fortune-teller, three psychic dachshunds, and several religious fanatics. When people start dying and Emily herself is attacked, she must use earthly detective skills to find the killer. VERDICT Don’t expect a fast-paced plot here. Rather, the book’s strong points are its atmospheric setting and the well-developed characters. Despite the contemporary setting, Smith’s mystery has the feel of an earlier time period. Recommended for those who like clean mysteries with a touch of humor, especially fans of Jill Churchill, Joan Hess, Leslie Meier, or Carolyn Hart.

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When a psychic foresees death at a seaside convention, even the most cynical learn that they’d better pay attention. Bored with her office job in London, Emily Castles happily accepts an all-expenses-paid trip to the resort town of Torquay, the site of Belief and Beyond, a convention for paranormal research. Her friends at the Royal Society for the Exploration of Science and Culture are also willing to pay for her services as a future-crimes investigator, particularly since Emily’s neighbor, Perspicacious Peg, has had premonitions that someone will drown at the convention. The highlight of Belief and Beyond is notable magician Edmund Zenon’s offer of £50,000 to anyone who can prove the existence of the paranormal. Emily is as skeptical as Zenon himself that anyone will collect the money, especially after she meets some of the conventioneers: the leader of an obscure religious cult, a couple who’ve brought along the psychic who’s communicating with their dead son, and a fortuneteller who owns a costume store to help with dry spells in her vocation. The foreboding visions, after much arch humor at the expense of the daffy characters’ antics, finally start to come true—and then don’t stop.

Emily (Invitation to Die, 2013, etc.) returns in an equal opportunity satire of those who believe in the paranormal and those who exploit the believers. It’s an enjoyable tale with a leisurely buildup, though readers in search of a fast moving mystery will be fidgeting long before the first murder.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00DWIGB50
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (January 28, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 28, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 599 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 231 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 119 ratings

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Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. Her books have reached number one on Amazon's bestseller lists in the US, UK, Canada and Germany. They have been praised in The Times, The Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Time Out and Wired.com and appeared on "best of the year" lists in For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent and the Guardian. Her books have been optioned by the BBC.

Helen Smith travelled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both - from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant - before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel. Since then, she has read at literary events and festivals in London and New York and points in between - including, most recently, a cruise ship en route to California via the Suez Canal. Her work has been read or performed at the National Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, Amnesty International's Headquarters, The Edinburgh Festival and The University of London. She's a Literary Death Match champion and the recipient of an Arts Council of England award.

Helen Smith is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Crime Writers' Association and English PEN.

"Smith is gin-and-tonic funny." Booklist

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