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Baltimore, 1910. Dr. Sarah Kennecott does not believe in ghosts. But when her dead sister appears in a dream and correctly forecasts a murder, Sarah must find the killer. At the center of the mystery is a spiritual medium with hidden motives and a stunning secret. Haunted memories of an army massacre overseas push Jack Hardin near emotional collapse. The medium draws him in Baltimore, 1910. Dr. Sarah Kennecott does not believe in ghosts. But when her dead sister appears in a dream and correctly forecasts a murder, Sarah must find the killer. At the center of the mystery is a spiritual medium with hidden motives and a stunning secret. Haunted memories of an army massacre overseas push Jack Hardin near emotional collapse. The medium draws him in with a promise to contact his ghosts during a séance, an event that turns deadly. The case tests their detective partnership as Sarah and Jack move from seedy saloons, to high society parlors, to confrontations with what might—or might not—be the supernatural. Everything, including their relationship and their lives, hinges on thwarting a killer who is deceptive, clever, and brutal. Praise for "Murder In the Haunted Chamber" If you like historical mysteries with a brilliant female lead, you’ll love the latest from Bill LeFurgy. Dr. Sarah Kennecott is as intelligent as she is socially awkward. Her crime solving partner, Jack Hardin, is as hot-headed as she is cool. Together, they take on the fakers and frauds of early 20th Century mysticism in Baltimore. As they close in on the perpetrators, these two troubled souls also find solace in each other. This whodunnit is filled with intriguing characters and two compelling and complex, stand-out leads. Highly recommended. —Kelly Oliver, bestselling and award-winning author of the Jessica James Mysteries and the Fiona Figg Mysteries.


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Baltimore, 1910. Dr. Sarah Kennecott does not believe in ghosts. But when her dead sister appears in a dream and correctly forecasts a murder, Sarah must find the killer. At the center of the mystery is a spiritual medium with hidden motives and a stunning secret. Haunted memories of an army massacre overseas push Jack Hardin near emotional collapse. The medium draws him in Baltimore, 1910. Dr. Sarah Kennecott does not believe in ghosts. But when her dead sister appears in a dream and correctly forecasts a murder, Sarah must find the killer. At the center of the mystery is a spiritual medium with hidden motives and a stunning secret. Haunted memories of an army massacre overseas push Jack Hardin near emotional collapse. The medium draws him in with a promise to contact his ghosts during a séance, an event that turns deadly. The case tests their detective partnership as Sarah and Jack move from seedy saloons, to high society parlors, to confrontations with what might—or might not—be the supernatural. Everything, including their relationship and their lives, hinges on thwarting a killer who is deceptive, clever, and brutal. Praise for "Murder In the Haunted Chamber" If you like historical mysteries with a brilliant female lead, you’ll love the latest from Bill LeFurgy. Dr. Sarah Kennecott is as intelligent as she is socially awkward. Her crime solving partner, Jack Hardin, is as hot-headed as she is cool. Together, they take on the fakers and frauds of early 20th Century mysticism in Baltimore. As they close in on the perpetrators, these two troubled souls also find solace in each other. This whodunnit is filled with intriguing characters and two compelling and complex, stand-out leads. Highly recommended. —Kelly Oliver, bestselling and award-winning author of the Jessica James Mysteries and the Fiona Figg Mysteries.

30 review for Murder in the Haunted Chamber

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mae Clair

    The early 20th century time period drew me to this novel. A time when gaslights are giving way to electricity and horse and buggies are yielding to motor cars. It’s an era of change and invention caught on a cusp between old ways and new. Sarah Kennecott is a brilliant physician, a member of the upper crust of society. Despite intellectual brilliance, she is socially awkward and has extreme difficulty in relating with others. The single person she is (mostly) comfortable with is Jack Hardin, an The early 20th century time period drew me to this novel. A time when gaslights are giving way to electricity and horse and buggies are yielding to motor cars. It’s an era of change and invention caught on a cusp between old ways and new. Sarah Kennecott is a brilliant physician, a member of the upper crust of society. Despite intellectual brilliance, she is socially awkward and has extreme difficulty in relating with others. The single person she is (mostly) comfortable with is Jack Hardin, an ex-soldier, now a private investigator. Together, the two team to investigate the murder of a young woman with ties to a spiritualism. The deeper they delve into the circumstances, the more bodies accumulate, and the more suspects appear. This is the second book in a series, but I had zero difficulty diving right in and getting to know the characters. Sarah is such an odd bird, prim and proper, but at the same time easily frustrated by simple tasks. Jack carries blunt edges and wounds from his years in the army. The two are polar opposites but have unique chemistry together. The mystery, with its ties to seances, ghosts, and spiritualism is engaging and delivers a jaw-dropping surprise. Between the author’s deft descriptions which bring the setting alive, unique lead characters, and a well-plotted mystery, I found this a thoroughly intriguing read. I especially loved Sarah’s character, a woman who has no problem conducting an autopsy, but becomes flustered at the thought of sitting down to tea. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James W

    The second installment in his Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden Mysteries series, Bill LeFurgy’s ‘Murder in the Haunted Chamber’ is a perfectly paced murder/mystery that mines new ground in a genre known for its adherence to tradition. A woman of science, Dr. Sarah Kenncott has little use for ghosts, that is until she receives an unexpected visit from her dearly departed sister during a dream. When Sarah realizes that her sister predicted a murder, she is resolved to take the case. With the help of The second installment in his Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden Mysteries series, Bill LeFurgy’s ‘Murder in the Haunted Chamber’ is a perfectly paced murder/mystery that mines new ground in a genre known for its adherence to tradition. A woman of science, Dr. Sarah Kenncott has little use for ghosts, that is until she receives an unexpected visit from her dearly departed sister during a dream. When Sarah realizes that her sister predicted a murder, she is resolved to take the case. With the help of her trusty partner, the impulsive Jack Harden, Sarah sets out to unravel the tangled web connecting a trio of murders with a self-proclaimed medium whose motives remain murky. What follows is a thrilling cat-and-mouse whodunnit that takes readers on an exciting ride through the seedy Baltimore underworld, one where little as it seems. While the detective work is exceptionally developed throughout, what really sets this novel apart is the use of a strong, fiercely independent female protagonist. In every way that matters, Sarah and Jack are partners and equals—considering the genre, it’s quite refreshing. To that point, LeFurgy makes a point of saying that he envisioned Sarah as someone who would probably be diagnosed on the autism spectrum if she were alive today. While this isn’t directly addressed in the novel, it does add a sense of context to the way Sarah is written. Additionally, Jack is obviously suffering from the long-term effects of PTSD related to his time in war. Again, I applaud LeFurgy for choosing the path less taken when fleshing out Sarah and Jack’s motivations and mannerisms, opting for authentic depictions while avoiding stereotypes and cliches. Regarding this novel’s status as a sequel: despite the meticulously constructed plot and the pre-existing backstory, LeFurgy’s measured, highly descriptive prose provides ample context for readers, regardless of whether or not you’ve read the previous installment in this series. That being said, fans of historical fiction and hard-boiled procedurals alike will find lots to like with the pages of Bill LeFurgy’s ‘Murder in the Haunted Chamber,’ and will likely want to dive deeper into Sarah and Jack’s exploits.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    This is the first book I've read by the author (I won "Murder in the Haunted Chamber"- book #2 in the series- from goodreads giveaways) and enjoyed it. It takes place in early 1900s Baltimore, which makes it special to me, since I live in MD. Learning about what the city was like at that time was a bonus for me. Since I had not read the first book in the book in the series before reading this one, I counted on the author's sprinkling backstory details through out the book to get me up to speed an This is the first book I've read by the author (I won "Murder in the Haunted Chamber"- book #2 in the series- from goodreads giveaways) and enjoyed it. It takes place in early 1900s Baltimore, which makes it special to me, since I live in MD. Learning about what the city was like at that time was a bonus for me. Since I had not read the first book in the book in the series before reading this one, I counted on the author's sprinkling backstory details through out the book to get me up to speed and he did a good job at that - though I still want to read the first book so see what I missed in the main characters' development. As a fan of mysteries and cozies, I've noticed that over the last few years some of my favorite authors are starting to be more inclusive with their characters. This is the first mystery I've read where one of the main characters is Autistic. At first I found it hard to relate to her and how her needs affected the story flow, but as the story went on, I got used to her "quirks" (not sure of the best word here, hope I don't offend anyone) and found myself just accepting her as is. By the end of the story, she was another main character I was rooting for.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Alexander

    Excellent I thoroughly enjoyed both books in this series for several reasons. One was the evocation of life in Baltimore in 1909 and 1910, when light came from kerosene and gas as well as electricity in some buildings; transportation was mostly by horse and carriages, with a few automobiles and no consistent rules of the road; police and other institutional corruption was rampant; women, of course, had few rights, although a few went to medical school and were doctors, as Sarah does. Prostitution Excellent I thoroughly enjoyed both books in this series for several reasons. One was the evocation of life in Baltimore in 1909 and 1910, when light came from kerosene and gas as well as electricity in some buildings; transportation was mostly by horse and carriages, with a few automobiles and no consistent rules of the road; police and other institutional corruption was rampant; women, of course, had few rights, although a few went to medical school and were doctors, as Sarah does. Prostitution was widespread, often involving female immigrants who had a hard time gettin other work since they didn't speak English, but also women who moved from farms to the city, who also had a hard time getting work. My maternal grandmother, whose husband died when my mother was three, worked as a dietician at a teachers' college. It was early in the development of psychology, and autism was not understood. The author's development of Sarah, an adult living on the autism spectrum is beautifully delineated, as is Jack, a war veteran suffering from PTSD, also poorly understood at that time. The mysteries are well plotted. I am anxious to read more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda Clarke

    This book was a breath of fresh air. Set in Baltimore in 1910, the vivid descriptions take the reader back in time to when educated women such as heroine Dr Sarah Kennecott were unenviably the cause for scorn from the men she met. The author threw an extra twist into the mix by giving Sarah autism, her behaviour is quite fascinating, abrupt, to the point, and with a total lack of social graces. I loved her dialogue and the way she interacted with the rest of the characters. Jack Harden, with who This book was a breath of fresh air. Set in Baltimore in 1910, the vivid descriptions take the reader back in time to when educated women such as heroine Dr Sarah Kennecott were unenviably the cause for scorn from the men she met. The author threw an extra twist into the mix by giving Sarah autism, her behaviour is quite fascinating, abrupt, to the point, and with a total lack of social graces. I loved her dialogue and the way she interacted with the rest of the characters. Jack Harden, with whom she works, is quite the opposite and while appearing ill-mannered, ill-bred, and street wise, they make an interesting team. As I read, turning the pages desperate to find out how the crimes were committed and solved, I was taken back over a century to the days of child labour; unpaved streets; dangerous early motor traffic; lack of drainage; and women fighting for recognition in a patriarchal society. I loved this book and, as this was the second in the series, I shall certainly be looking up the first one. Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tuba Sarosh

    With its otherworldly aspects, the book offers an intriguing take on the detective genre. It's based on current psychology and research, as well as historical information from 1910 Baltimore. The odd combination of Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden investigate three murders related to a spiritualist, who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. Even though I have not read the first installment of the series, I had no difficulty following the plot. The novel is jam-packed with thrilling inve With its otherworldly aspects, the book offers an intriguing take on the detective genre. It's based on current psychology and research, as well as historical information from 1910 Baltimore. The odd combination of Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden investigate three murders related to a spiritualist, who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. Even though I have not read the first installment of the series, I had no difficulty following the plot. The novel is jam-packed with thrilling investigative work, fast-paced dialogues, keep-them-guessing surprises, and intriguing characters, offering crime-solving at its best. Bill Furgy's Murder in the Haunted Chamber is a recommended reading for all. The paranormal element, along with the detective mystery, is a winning combination.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Octavia

    When it comes to books that are in the 1910s, I generally wouldn't read it. Especially if I think that I'm not going to be interested in it. However, Murder in The Haunted Chamber by Bill LeFurgy was actually a pretty good book. I'm not usually into mystery and suspense books that have a medium twist to it, but this one was good. I love the chemistry between the two main characters in the book. Sarah relies on logic while Jack is all about street smarts. So when they come together, they make one When it comes to books that are in the 1910s, I generally wouldn't read it. Especially if I think that I'm not going to be interested in it. However, Murder in The Haunted Chamber by Bill LeFurgy was actually a pretty good book. I'm not usually into mystery and suspense books that have a medium twist to it, but this one was good. I love the chemistry between the two main characters in the book. Sarah relies on logic while Jack is all about street smarts. So when they come together, they make one amazing team. There were a few twists and turns that I wasn't expecting the book to make. This is definitely a good book to read for those that love suspense and mystery books. I rate this book 4 out 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    If you're a fan of detective stories and the paranormal, then this book is certainly one to pick up. I didn't read the first book of the series and I didn't feel lost at all. I will be seeking out the first book though because this one was a fun read. I found the language tough to get used to at first, but it quickly grew on me. I thought the characters were well-developed and likable. The plot was suspenseful and kept my attention the entire time. This is one of the better whodunnit stories I've If you're a fan of detective stories and the paranormal, then this book is certainly one to pick up. I didn't read the first book of the series and I didn't feel lost at all. I will be seeking out the first book though because this one was a fun read. I found the language tough to get used to at first, but it quickly grew on me. I thought the characters were well-developed and likable. The plot was suspenseful and kept my attention the entire time. This is one of the better whodunnit stories I've read in a while. This book is a quick read, as well, and it will hold your attention throughout. So, if you're looking for a fun paranormal mystery, then this is one to pick up.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martin L.

    Never read anything quite like it: I don't think I ever read anything quite like this story. It was unique and enticing, every sentence pulling me in deeper into the mystery. The book itself was written in such a descriptive way that I felt like I was part of the investigation myself. The twists and new 'evidence' that kept showing up kept me guessing, but it was the mixture of genres that made this a unique experience. Highly recommended for everyone who wants to be spooked! Never read anything quite like it: I don't think I ever read anything quite like this story. It was unique and enticing, every sentence pulling me in deeper into the mystery. The book itself was written in such a descriptive way that I felt like I was part of the investigation myself. The twists and new 'evidence' that kept showing up kept me guessing, but it was the mixture of genres that made this a unique experience. Highly recommended for everyone who wants to be spooked!

  10. 5 out of 5

    h. patricia smith

    Deals with differences in society and murder Interesting view of spiritualism. Refusal by the medical societies to even consider that women had brains and could qualify to be a good practicing physician was hard fought at the turn of the century. To be a detective was unheard of and particularly with someone of a lower class. Graff seems to have rampant. A good mystery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Argenis Ovalle-Sánchez

    This is the the second installment in his Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden Mysteries series, Bill LeFurgy’s ‘Murder in the Haunted Chamber. And I got to say it is amazing. The show is a flash from the past. It follows on the footsteps of traditional necromancy and the belief that the dead can see the future. The closest thing to Supernatural since 2005. Highly recommend it; if you like the thrill that comes with horror, this is the novel for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Glasgow

    Spooky and wonderful A wonderfully written book. I love that the author broke the chapters up into the viewpoints of the two main characters, Sarah and Jack. I love the friendship between them; two people with vastly different backgrounds and beliefs. Murder In The Haunted Chamber masterfully melds a mystery with an edge of mysticism. It's truly a new classic, with a hint of Gothic horror. Surely a book any lover of the occult will enjoy. Spooky and wonderful A wonderfully written book. I love that the author broke the chapters up into the viewpoints of the two main characters, Sarah and Jack. I love the friendship between them; two people with vastly different backgrounds and beliefs. Murder In The Haunted Chamber masterfully melds a mystery with an edge of mysticism. It's truly a new classic, with a hint of Gothic horror. Surely a book any lover of the occult will enjoy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I found the characters became friends and as they are in danger I was hoping that they would be safe and that they could solve the murders. Sarah is different than most women of her stature, more logical but she grows to become more of a risk taker all in the name of helping Jack and solving the murders she was hired to solve.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Garlesky

    I received my ARC copy of this book. Loved the time period of this book. The characters were well developed and could seem them progress throughout the story. The plot kept me going to see where it would twist next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan Holley

    Really interesting read. I almost couldn't put this book down, and I really related with the main character, Sarah. I really enjoy murder mysteries, and this one really kept my attention throughout the book. I would definitely recommend it to others. Really interesting read. I almost couldn't put this book down, and I really related with the main character, Sarah. I really enjoy murder mysteries, and this one really kept my attention throughout the book. I would definitely recommend it to others.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly McDonough

    The strong female lead captured my interest from the start. This is a well-crafted story with pristine writing, an interesting detective duo and spooky ghosts thrown in with murder thrills and chills and even some romance. I can't say enough about how well-drawn the characters are. I think Lefurgy did an outstanding job at making them three-dimensional, believable and delivering fresh, crisp dialogue that kept the plot moving at a fast pace. Let's not forget the memorable few surprises thrown in The strong female lead captured my interest from the start. This is a well-crafted story with pristine writing, an interesting detective duo and spooky ghosts thrown in with murder thrills and chills and even some romance. I can't say enough about how well-drawn the characters are. I think Lefurgy did an outstanding job at making them three-dimensional, believable and delivering fresh, crisp dialogue that kept the plot moving at a fast pace. Let's not forget the memorable few surprises thrown in along the way. I wouldn't want to spoil it -- but this one's a keeper! I didn't read book one, but I felt book two stood up fine on its own. However, I'll be sure to check out book one as well. Kudos to Mr. Lefurgy for a job well done!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Little J

    A wonderful read Well-written and researched. The plotting is excellent. Baltimore is more than the location—it serves as a supporting cast. I look forward to future adventures by this ‘peculiar’ duo of detectives.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ciarán Coleman

    A vibrant mystery novel The second book in the Sarah Kennecott and Jack Harden mystery series is a vibrant novel bursting with an unusually brilliant energy. The plot is incredibly engaging and never lets up till you’ve closed the book. Providing a new twist on the detective genre, a genre overrun with tradition and cliches, was a stroke of genius on Bill Lefurgy’s part and helped make this book a delight to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debberae Streett

    Another Hit! This is the second book in the series and out does the first. The characters of Sarah and Jack are already established, and Bill LeFurgy makes the city of Baltimore another character. His descriptions let me see the grime, smell the brine, hear the chimes of bells of downtown Bmore, the city I love. That's one of the best things about this book. It's unfamiliar ground. It's not NYC, LA, NO, or San Fran. That adds to the mystery for the reader. But Sara and Jack aren't just investigat Another Hit! This is the second book in the series and out does the first. The characters of Sarah and Jack are already established, and Bill LeFurgy makes the city of Baltimore another character. His descriptions let me see the grime, smell the brine, hear the chimes of bells of downtown Bmore, the city I love. That's one of the best things about this book. It's unfamiliar ground. It's not NYC, LA, NO, or San Fran. That adds to the mystery for the reader. But Sara and Jack aren't just investigating deaths surrounding a psychic, there's a Black Cat Killer after Jack and somebody else out to get Sara's medical degree. And then that moody mob town of Baltimore is lurking in the background. Kudos to you, Bill LeFurgey, for another magical mystery tour!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Maier

  21. 5 out of 5

    Penny Gray

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jscholfield

  24. 4 out of 5

    colleen.bremner

  25. 5 out of 5

    David V. Rile

  26. 4 out of 5

    carolyn c henry

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doris Nickel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christina A. McMahon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bill Carbo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Doris Folser

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