Foul Deeds Will Rise by Elizabeth Ireland

May 17, 2019 - 5:52 am No Comments

My turn has come to be on the blog tour for Foul Deeds Will Rise, the 2nd in the Backstage Mystery series written by Elizabeth Ireland   

Foul Deeds Will Rise

By 1875, Lillian Nolan believes she has successfully shut off any connection to the spirit world. That winter she is thrilled when she wins the role of Ophelia in a new production of Hamlet in her home town of Chicago. Everything 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 discover 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 by Elizabeth Ireland

Published on 13th February 2019

224 pages

Written in the same format as A Walking Shadow, the story is told using Lillian’s memoirs to her great-grandniece Agnes. As with A Walking Shadow this story opens with a death and through her story, you follow Lillian whilst she tries and solves the mystery.

Following on from the Great Fire in Chicago, Lillian is still determined to become a famous actress and the first part of the story, we follow Lillian learning her trade with travelling theatre groups and as I was reading, I was surprised how unglamorous her job was and how unscrupulous some managers were to the actors. However, when she meets Regina, Lillian’s life seems to change for the better. Her relationship with her family was progressing well and her acting was improving. As Lillian tells her story, you can see how much she had matured since her debut in the theatre.

Lillian does not get involved in the murder until Regina is wrongly accused and the pace of the story seems to quicken over the last third of the book. Whilst the supernatural element is not as strong in this story, there is a nice twist at the end involving Lillian’s gift. Whilst there are familiar characters from A Walking Shadow, like Eleanor, her grandma and Edward Hearne, a leading actor, there are some new characters which you will either love or hate. One character I was interested in was Michael Ferris a young reporter from The Tribune.

The mystery has enough suspects to keep you guessing and when the murderer was revealed, it was a surprise. Like the previous book, you can see the passion that the author has for the theatre and it is interesting to read how theatres were run in the 19th century.

Whilst this can be read as a standalone, I would recommend you read the series in order as there are characters and storylines that appear in both.

I am curious to find out what will happen to Lillian next and am looking forward to reading Forms of Reading Unknown.           

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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.

Author Bio –

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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