The Other Side of Midnight

Penguin/Random House | April 2015

Top Pick: RT Book Reviews

London, 1925. Glamorous medium Gloria Sutter made her fortune helping the bereaved contact loved ones killed during the Great War. Now she's been murdered at one of her own seances, after leaving a final message requesting the help of her former friend and sole rival, Ellie Winter.

Ellie doesn't contact the dead - at least, not anymore. She specializes in miraculously finding lost items. Still, she can't refuse the final request of the only other true psychic she has known. Now Ellie must delve into Gloria's secrets and plunge back into the world of hucksters, lowlifes, and fakes. Worse, she cannot shake the attentions of handsome James Hawley, a damaged war veteran who has dedicated himself to debunking psychics.

As Ellie and James uncover the sinister mysteries of Gloria's life and death, Ellie is tormented by nightmarish visions that herald the grisly murders of those in Gloria's circle. And as Ellie’s uneasy partnership with James turns dangerously intimate, an insidious evil force begins to undermine their quest for clues, a force determined to bury the truth, and whoever seeks to expose it...

No one mixes romance, mystery, and that faint, spine-tingling sense of the supernatural, that curtain lifting in a breeze that isn’t there, the hair prickling on the back of your neck, like Simone St. James. Her novels are the perfect combination of classic ghost story, historical fiction, and romantic suspense.
— New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig
With The Other Side of Midnight, Simone St. James has once again crafted a headily atmospheric and suspenseful mystery that kept me reading until the wee hours. Her command of the period is so immersive, and her characters so real and heartbreakingly broken, that I felt transported back to the hard, cold, gray years after the Great War, when its legions of dead and missing were a ghostly and inescapable presence, and the bright lights of the Jazz Age were but a fleeting distraction for the privileged few.
— Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere in France
Simone St. James has created her own genre—historical gothic mystery romance, with more than a dash of the creepy. In The Other Side of Midnight, young psychic Ellie Winter and her partner, war-damaged veteran James Hawley, have terrific chemistry as they tackle the case of a rival medium’s death in 1920s London. But what’s truly haunting is how St. James uses the post-World War I period, and its poignant undercurrents of unresolved trauma and anxiety, to ground her story in real emotional resonance.
— Susan Elia Macneal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope mysteries
Lyrical writing, chilling ghost stories, complicated characters and gripping mysteries are all combined in the wonderful books of Simone St. James... St. James uses historical details so skillfully, the reader will totally sink into the book.
— RT Book Reviews
Simone St. James is one of the few authors whose books I snag as fast as possible... she so easily captures the mood and sets a scene for a ghost story with her words that it’s like poetry in motion.
— Romance Junkies