Book Review: The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher

To start, this book combined many of my personal interests into one–magicians, the spirit realm, and the 1920’s! The history behind the “Spiritualist Movement” was really fascinating to read, and it made sense, with families losing so many to the Spanish flu and World War I.  They desired to have some sort of contact with those who’ve passed.

Without giving away much, the author talks about how magician Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, were great friends until the “Spiritualist Movement” came in between them. They had widely opposing viewpoints which eventually drew them apart,publicly no less.

The most fascinating part of this book, of course, happens to be the about the “witch” of Lime Street-Mina Crandon. Throughout the book, readers will struggle to determine if she is the real deal or one of the many phony mediums of the time.

I give this book a solid 10/10. It’s one I’ve been looking forward to reading, and am looking forward to reading again!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.If you love reading ANY kind of book, I highly suggest checking this program out.

 

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