Author: Peter David Shapiro
Published: October 25/14 by PenLane Press
Genre: occult fiction
Back Cover Blurb:
On the day that he is murdered in 1903, his portrait is stolen.
It turns up more than 100 years later at a church rummage sale in picturesque Tudorsville, Vermont.
Current-day psychic mediums are invited to see the long-lost portrait at the newly-established Ignatius Jones Center for Spiritualist Discovery.
When Boston psychic Dr. Frances Gourmelon (from Ghosts on the Red Line) arrives at the Center, she discovers that things there are very odd, and getting odder.
Charles Philip Tucker, former con man and the Center's founder, claims that he’s in touch with Ignatius Jones through the portrait. He says that he's channeling Ignatius Jones when he punishes a visitor to the Center for blasphemy and when he selects an eighteen-year-old girl to bear his children on Ignatius Jones' behalf.
Frances decides to get involved.
Portrait of Ignatius Jones is a mind-bending story of con artists, psychics, and the paranormal in peaceable Vermont.
The wonderful cast of characters that Shapiro presents to his readers made this story that much better. This rather character driven novel was definitely shaped by these unique individuals. I appreciated the fact that there were characters that I loved and could easily identify with, and others who just plain gave me the creeps. This contrast drew me in even further.
As a whole, this was an extremely enjoyable read that I`d recommend to those looking for a one of a kind read.