When psychic Perspicacious Peg predicts the drowning of magician Edmund Zenon at the Belief and Beyond conference, those behind the conference hire Emily Castles to work as their ‘future crimes investigator’.
Edmund Zenon’s offer of fifty thousand pounds to the person who could prove the existence of paranormal activity has brought people from all walks of life to the seaside town of Torquay, leaving Emily a mess of suspects to sort through.
When a young runaway who was taken in by two missionaries bent on saving Edmund’s soul is found dead in her bathtub, the group thinks it's suicide. However, when another person is murdered and yet another is missing, Emily quickly finds herself in the middle of an actual present-day murder mystery.
This is your standard cozy mystery weekend read. It’s one of those curl up on the couch and don’t get up until the last page has been read types.
"Beyond Belief" is part of the 'Emily Castles' mystery series, and the main character, Emily, had been fully introduced in the first book of the series so when this book opens it takes a while for the character of Emily to be fleshed out. Once the reader gets past the barrage of character introductions at the start of the book, we finally get a bit more of Emily, who once you get to know her, is a likable character.
I was a bit worried that this book would be a bit out there with the whole ‘future crimes’ and psychic aspects of the book, although the paranormal aspect was well-handled and believable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read more from this author.
When famed psychic Perspicacious Peg predicts a murder will occur at England’s Belief and Beyond conference, her science-minded colleagues recruit twenty-six-year-old budding sleuth Emily Castles to attend the event as a “future crimes investigator.” The suspected victim: celebrated magician Edmund Zenon, who plans to perform a daring stunt at the conference—and is offering fifty thousand pounds to any attendee who can prove that the paranormal exists.
In the seaside town of Torquay, Emily meets a colorful cast of characters: dramatic fortune-teller Madame Nova; kindly Bobby Blue Suit and his three psychic dachshunds; Sarah and Tim Taylor, devastated parents mourning their late son; and religious cult members Hilary, Trina, and the Colonel. Tensions rise as believers in science, the supernatural, and the spiritual clash with one another. But once a body count begins, Emily must excuse herself from the séances and positivity circles, and use old-fashioned detective work to find the killer.