Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Walking Shadow. Check out my review and let me know if this sounds like something you would read.
In 1871, Lillian Nolan accepts a small role in Macbeth, and finally fulfills her dream of becoming an actress. That is until the renowned, but venomous, female star of the production is murdered onstage opening night. When her enraged spirit haunts the theater, Lillian is shocked to discover she can communicate with her. Offered a Faustian bargain in which she will be given talent and expertise way beyond her ability in exchange for uncovering the killer, Lillian can’t resist.
Her quest for the truth causes her to descend into the Underworld, the den of inequity below the streets of Chicago. What Lillian finds soon embroils her in a battle between her passion for performing and control over her own body as it all plays out in a supernatural game of good and evil.
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THE BACKSTAGE MYSTERY SERIES
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.
A Walking Shadow is a compelling historical novel with murder mystery and a bit of a paranormal twist. I am really starting to love well written historical novels and this one is fabulous!
It’s written like a memoir of Lillian’s first performance on stage with the famous Irene Davenport, who subsequently dies on stage. I loved hearing the story from Lillian’s point of view. She is headstrong and not afraid to go after what she wants.
Elizabeth Ireland has created a really compelling novel. Set in in Chicago in the 1870s, I really felt like I was there. I love the descriptive areas of the novel where you can really get a feel of what it was like while Lillian was going through this.
The murder mystery with paranormal aspects is really fantastic. I love how it gently draws you in and keeps your attention all the way through. This is the first in the series and I am really looking forward to reading the rest! Highly recommended!
Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theater early. After receiving undergraduate and 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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2 thoughts on “BLOG TOUR | A Walking Shadow – Elizabeth Ireland”
This looks like such an interesting book. I really enjoyed reading your review 🙂
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Thank you!! I hope you get a chance to read it. 😊
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