First in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…

Canada, 1898. The only life Ruby Proulx has ever known is that of a nomad, traveling across the country with her snake-oil salesman father. She dreams of taking root somewhere, someday, but, until she can, she makes her way by reading tarot cards. Yet she never imagined her own life would take such a turn…
 
After one of her father’s medical “miracles” goes deadly wrong, Ruby evades authorities by hiding in the seaside resort town of Old Orchard, Maine, where her estranged aunt, Honoria, owns the Hotel Belden, a unique residence that caters to Spiritualists—a place where Ruby should be safe as long as she can keep her dark secret hidden.
 
But Ruby’s plan begins to crumble after a psychic investigator checks into the hotel and senses Ruby is hiding more than she’s letting on. Now Ruby must do what she can to escape both his attention and Aunt Honoria’s insistence that she has a true gift, before she loses her precious new home and family forever…


What people are saying about Whispers Beyond the Veil

You’ll love the not-so-innocent heroine of this delightful new series where no one and nothing is quite what it seems. Intriguing Ruby Proulx pretends to be a medium, but is she really pretending? And whom can she trust among the many new people she meets? Jessica Estevao will keep you guessing until the very last page!
— VIctoria Thompson, National bestselling author of Murder in Morningside HIghts
Exciting and engrossing...a great read with a delightful heroine and a wonderful setting.
— Emily Brightwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries
Estevao’s first in a new series is an intriguing read with a heroine who isn’t quite what she seems, making it easy to root both for and against her. It makes this book harder to put down that most as a result. Combined with a unique mystery and quaint setting, the novel is a nice period piece read.
— Lauren Dubois, Reviewer for Romantic Times
Orchard, Maine, at the turn of the 20th century provides the setting for Estevao’s excellent series launch. Tarot card reader Ruby Proulx and her father split up after the Invigorizer, an electrical device used in her father’s traveling show, electrocutes a young man they asked to be a permanent part of the Invigorizer act. Heeding her father’s advice, Ruby heads for Orchard Beach, where her late mother’s estranged sister, Honoria Belden, runs a hotel. Honoria’s summer business looks to be ruined when her in-residence medium fails to show, so Ruby uses her well-honed cold reading and con skills to pretend to be psychic. The arrival of a fraud investigator, the murder of a guest, and the agendas and secrets of various other players keep the plot turning. The richness of the character backstories allows Estevao to strike a perfect balance, neither relying on a deus ex machina ending nor telegraphing the solution too early.
— Publisher's Weekly starred review


Books written as Jessie Crockett