Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Diviners by Libba Bray, read by January LaVoy

The Diviners by Libba Bray
It is the 1920s, a vibrant, exciting time in New York City and Evie O'Neill has been sent here to stay with her uncle, owner of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult, nicknamed the Museum of Creepy Crawlies. Evie has a friend named Mabel whose parents are activists and meets another young woman named Theta who is a dancer in the Ziegfield Follies. Evie discovers she has an ability to see things about the owner when she holds an item and this comes handy (and dangerous) when she becomes involved in the investigation of a series of gruesome murders. Naughty John is following a ritual in order to call forth an evil entity when Solomon's Comet appears.

Evie is not the only diviner, however, and we also meet Memphis, a young black man, and his brother, Isaiah. Memphis was a healer and he is trying to protect his brother who has a talent with numbers. Another interesting character is Jericho, Uncle Will's assistant in the museum, who has a mysterious past.

I listened to this book on a Playaway, a handy little gadget that holds just one book. One AAA battery and ear buds and you're ready to go. The reader of the story had a wonderful range of accents for the different characters and really added to the enjoyment of the book. I highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and horror. 

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