by Candace Camp

December 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-729-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Olivia Moreland has a mission. She is trying to rid London of charletans and scam artists who prey upon grieving people by conducting seances with the dearly departed. All the while, she is denying her own real clairvoyant abilities.

When Stephen, Lord St. Leger, asks for her help, she cannot say no. He is convinced that a so-called psychic has something to do with his brother’s death. They decide to investigate under the guise of a house party, with all of the main “characters” on hand.

Olivia is bright and intelligent. Although she is the daughter of a duke, she is rather unconventional. In fact, her entire family is eccentric, dabbling in politics and intellectual pursuits when the whim strikes them. They think that she is going to the house party because she is interested in St. Leger for romantic reasons, and are eager to help.

Mesmerized is full of sparkling wit and good humor. Author Candace Camp shows her skill at creating memorable characters, even in the smallest of roles. The Morelands are an interesting family, and one that I hope to see again soon. St. Leger has unsuspected depths as a younger son who makes a fortune in business, only to find himself in possession of a title and other responsibilties. If you are looking for an entertaining book with smart dialogue, an intriguing plot and memorable characters, then you may want to read Mesmerized.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Paula.

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