Book Review: Foul Deeds Will Rise by Elizabeth Ireland @rararesources

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To prove her friend’s innocence, she’s willing to face death.

By 1875, Lillian Nolan believes she has successfully shut off any connection to the spirit Foul Deeds Will Rise (Backstage Mystery #2)world. That winter she is thrilled when she wins the role of Ophelia in a new production of Hamlet in her home town of ChicagoEverything changes when the body of the managing director is found sprawled across the steps of the dress circle and all the investors’ money is missing. Lillian fears, once again, her career is over before it begins.

After her dearest friend is arrested for murder, Lillian commits herself to discovering the truth. Her search is complicated by a strange man who is following her, the romantic overtures of her co-star, and a reunion with an old nemesis. But nothing is what it seems. What she does find puts a member of her own family at risk and leads to the unmasking of the killer with lethal consequences for herself.

Foul Deeds Will Rise is the second standalone book in the Backstage Mystery Series. If you enjoy historical mysteries that blend fact and fiction and include a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Elizabeth Ireland’s story of the adventures of one young actress during the golden age of acting and spiritualism in America.

Buy Foul Deeds Will Rise and discover that death may just be the beginning…

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Tagline: Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, the Backstage Mystery Series stars Lillian Nolan, an unconventional member of Chicago’s upper class who dreams of a career of fortune and fame in the theater. Talented and ambitious, she possesses a hidden skill which she is extremely reluctant to use—the ability to communicate with those who have died and now live in the world of “The Beyond.”

The series chronicles her adventures in which she continually becomes enmeshed in solving mysteries which often require her accessing the realm of the paranormal. Filled with an incredible cast of characters—factual, fictional, and sometimes non-physical—who either help or hinder her quest for the truth, the stories take place during a a period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.


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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now this is the second book in the Backstage Mystery series and I have to say it is definitely just as intriguing as the first! Now this I think could be read as a standalone but I think it would be best to read the first in series beforehand. Once again written as a memoir we follow Lillian as she is immediately confronted with another death and the mystery that surrounds this. I think I enjoyed this book a little more than the first possibly because I had already got to know Lillian but also I think she develops more as a character within this book than the first. I also think I knew what to expect and went in super excited to see how it Lillian stories continued! Once again I really enjoyed the theater aspect of the book as well as the mystery and once again it was really refreshing to read something a little out of my comfort zone especially when it was so enjoyable!

A really great four star read!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theater early. After receiving undergraduate Foul Deeds Elizabeth Irelandand graduate degrees in Theater, she accepted a teaching position in a vibrant performing arts department at a college in northern Illinois. For ten years, she taught, directed and ran front-of-house operations. American Theater History—particularly that of the 19th century—has always been of particular interest to her.

She has been a quarter-finalist and a semi-finalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, but remain unproduced. Her nonfiction work, Women of Vision: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, was published in 2008. Her work has also been published in a collection of paranormal short stories, Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. She lives in metro Atlanta with her ever-patient husband, and two quirky dachshunds.

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