Book Review: Whispering by Gerrie Ferris Finger

Gerrie Ferris Finger
Crystal Skull Publishing, November 2011
Kindle e-book
Also available in trade paperback

Step back into 1921, that free-for all time of flappers and bobbed hair, shortened hemlines, this romantic historical mystery gives one a glimpse into the lives of the privileged in a melee of fortunes won and lost all in the span of a few years.

Cleo, who has lost her fiancé in the Great War, takes a vacation with her wealthy cousin, Neill, south to Sago Island, Georgia, where they will vacation with his best friend and war buddy, Graham Henry, the son of a steel tycoon and his family.

Cleo is soon swept up in the beauty of this southernmost island and the indolent lifestyle with servants and dinner parties, and in a very short time, she’s also falling in love with the handsome Graham.

But, when the young and unhappy wife of a family member goes missing, and her note indicates that she’s leaving the husband for Cleo’s new love, she’s confused and hurt, and now sure that she’s been made a fool of, she’s anxious to run away from her indiscretion and Graham’s awkward attempts to make amends.  She soon realizes that she needs to stay and resolve the mystery of Josie’s disappearance, if only to prove either Graham’s culpability or his innocence.

Drug running, fortunes won and lost, a mysterious man, who may or may not be the subject of a man hunt by the Pinkertons, a couple of East European refugee servants whose backgrounds make them suspect in Cleo’s sleuthing for the truth in Josie’s death. The mystery is solid and Cleo has reason enough to want to find out what happens, but I also enjoyed stepping back in time into this bucolic setting where big houses and bigger fortunes were reveled in before the crash of 1929 destroyed it all.

This was a very enjoyable read. I also really liked Ghost Ship for its historical mystery, sailing and the southern settings in Georgia.

Reviewed by guest reviewer RP Dahlke, January 2012.