Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blog Tour: Medium Dead by Paula Paul

Author: Paula Paul
Publisher: Alibi Random House
Date of publication: April 2015

Under Victoria’s reign, women are barred from calling themselves physicians, but that hasn’t stopped Alexandra Gladstone. As the first female doctor in Newton-upon-Sea, she spends her days tending sick villagers in the practice she inherited from her father, with her loyal and sometimes overprotective dog, Zack, by her side.

After the corpse of village spiritualist Alvina Elwold is discovered aboveground at a church boneyard, wild rumors circulate through the charming seaside village, including one implicating a certain regal guest lodging nearby. Tales of the dead Alvina hobnobbing with spirits and hexing her enemies are even more outlandish—but as a woman of science and reason, Alexandra has no doubt that a murderer made of flesh and blood is on the loose.

Finding out the truth means sorting through a deluge of ghostly visitors, royal sightings, and shifty suspects. At least her attentive and handsome friend Nicholas Forsyth, Lord Dunsford, has come to her aid. Alexandra will need all the help she can get, because she’s stumbled upon dangerous secrets—while provoking a deadly adversary who wants to keep them buried.

Medium Dead is a very quick historical mystery.  For me it was an entertaining and OK read.  It is the fourth book in the series that features Dr. Alexandra Gladstone.  I know that this was supposed to be a stand alone book, but I did get the feeling at times that I was missing background with the characters.  I think that happens when you come in at the fourth book.  The mystery was solid, but predictable.  I was able to figure out the killer pretty early on. 

I liked the characters in the book, especially Alexandra.  I always like a strong female lead.  Her determination to be a doctor in a time when it wasn't popular for a female to do so was admirable.   What I found perplexing was her reluctance to admit her feeling for her friend Nicholas.  I know their social classes were different, but in light of her feeling on how women should advance, I would think she would not see that as an obstacle when it comes to love.  He clearly doesn't.  I just hope  in continuing with the series that the unrequited love doesn't drag on.  I'm not a fan of that.

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About the author:

Award-winning novelist Paula Paul was born on her grandparents’ cotton farm near Shallowater, Texas, and graduated from a country high school near Maple, Texas. She earned a BA in journalism and has worked as a reporter for newspapers in both Texas and New Mexico. She’s been the recipient of state and national awards for her work as a journalist as well as a novelist. Her previous novels featuring Dr. Alexandra Gladstone, including Symptoms of Death,have appeared on bookstore and online bestseller lists. She is also the author of the Mystery by Design series, which she wrote as Paula Carter. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

To learn more about Paula, visit her WEBSITE.

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Paula Paul’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, April 13th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, April 13th: Melina’s Book Blog
Tuesday, April 14th: 100 Pages a Day
Tuesday, April 14th: FictionZeal
Wednesday, April 15th: Fictionophile
Thursday, April 16th: Psychotic State Reviews
Friday, April 17th: It’s a Mad Mad World
Monday, April 20th: Buried Under Books
Monday, April 20th: A Book Geek
Tuesday, April 21st: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, April 22nd: Reading Reality
Thursday, April 23rd: The Reader’s Hollow
Friday, April 24th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Monday, April 27th: Bibliophilia, Please
Monday, April 27th: Under a Gray Sky
Tuesday, April 28th: Bell, Book & Candle
Wednesday, April 29th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, April 30th: 2 Kids and Tired

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.