In 1922, Scientific American offers five thousand dollars for evidence of "conclusive psychic manifestations." Inspired by this real-life event, Inamorata
follows Martin Finch, a twenty-three-year-old Harvard graduate student and member of Scientific American’s investigative committee, on the case of a lifetime—an attempt to determine whether Mina Crawley, a beautiful Philadelphia socialite, is able to contact the spirit realm. In the tiny upstairs room of the Crawleys’ elegant Rittenhouse Square townhouse, Finch is prepared to debunk a fraud. But instead the man of science breaks the cardinal rule of psychic investigation: Never fall in love with the medium...
“Inamorata” truly places you in 1922 and is filled with rich description and interesting characters. I was fascinated by the different spiritualists, the ways Martin devised to expose them, and felt his quandary over Mina (my mother’s name). This was one of those books once started, I couldn’t put down. This is a wonderful, well-written book—and a mystery, of sorts, without a murder.