As atmospheric and mysterious as a seance, Jennifer Estevao's second book featuring Ruby Proulx delivers another entertaining read with great characters and a strong plot. Whispers of Warning is again set in turn of the century Old Orchard, Maine, at the Belden Hotel, a seaside hotel catering to those interested in the metaphysical, owned by Ruby's Aunt Honoria. Ruby, whose younger life included a con artist father and a dangerous secret, helps her aunt as the hotel medium, and though she believes much of what she does in her readings for the guests is more her skill at determining what clients want to hear, in actuality, Ruby's real psychic abilities have been getting stronger the longer she's been at the hotel.
When famous suffragette and spiritualist Sophronia Foster Eldridge visits the Belden to finish her book, and to garner more attention and publicity for the cause, it is evident to Ruby that Sophronia believes that putting the suffragette movement on the front page, no matter what it takes or who gets hurt, is all that matters. When she is found dead and the authorities deem it a suicide, Ruby and potential romantic interest Officer Yancey are determined to ferret out the truth.
Whispers of Warning is even stronger than the first book, Whispers Beyond the Veil, as characters develop and the turn of the century era is explored in greater depth. Ruby is an appealing heroine, with those oh-so important characteristics of plucky and feisty, and the hint of a possible romance is enough to keep the reader hopeful.
This engaging series by Estevao, who also writes the Granite State mystery series as Jessie Crockett, does not disappoint with book two.