Forms of Things Unknown by Elizabeth Ireland

June 3, 2019 - 5:02 am No Comments

I am on the blog tour for the 3rd in the murder/mystery series set in 1870s Chicago theatres.

Forms of Things Unknown

Recently returned to Chicago after a successful tour of Hamlet, Lillian Nolan is awakened in the dead of night by a strange voice. She is shocked to learn that well known and admired actress, Louise Hawthorne, has fallen to her death from the sixth floor of the Tremont House. Was it an accident? Did she jump or was she pushed? Louise’s former lover, and the main suspect, pleads with Lillian to uncover the truth and clear his name.

In the process of learning to trust her intuitive abilities, Lillian attempts to find balance between relying upon her gift and uncovering the truth in her own way. But the menace of death pursues her and soon her own life is at risk. When she finds herself in a trap from which she cannot escape, her only hope of survival is to call upon the metaphysical world.

Forms of Things Unknown is based on an actual event which occurred in June of 1876 in Chicago. It is the third standalone book in the Backstage Mystery Series.

Here is my review

Forms of Things Unknown by Elizabeth Ireland

Published 21st March 2019

204 pages

Being already familiar with this series, I was looking forward to carrying on reading the memoirs of Lillian Nolan. Following on from when she was introduced to her spirit guide, Lillian seemed a lot more confident in her life. She accepts that she has supernatural gifts and her roles in the theatre are becoming more prominent. Now back in Chicago, she has a main role at her friend’s theatre and she has stepped away from the protection of her grandma and is now living by herself.

After reading each book I liked Lillian even more and for someone so young in my eyes she achieved so much, with little help from family and friends. As you read these memoirs, she is a still a lot more of a modern thinker than most 1870’s woman, she does not need a man to support her and whilst she is still pressured to marry for means, she wanted to marry for love.

As with the others in the series, there is a death of a famous actor, but this story was slightly different as it did not happen in the theatre. Whilst the theatre still plays a major part, this story gave you a chance to spend time with Lillian outside of theatre and to see just how close she was with her family and friends. As Lillian had accepted her supernatural gift, there was a more supernatural feel to this story as Lillian honed her gifts to help solve the case. It was also interesting to read the historical events. At the end of the book there is a write up of the actual event that helped form this story. happening around 1876   

Whilst this states that this is the 3rd in a three-part series, I hope that more of Lillian memoirs are written. If you like a gentler murder series with a supernatural historical feel than this is the series for you.

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Want to know more about The Backstage 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 period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.

Meet the Author:

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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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