The House of Memory Book Review

The House of Memory Book Review

Title: The House of Memory
Author: Carolyn Haines
Published: June 27, 2017, Thomas and Mercer
No. of Pages: 318
Cover Price: $6.99 Paperback, $1.99 Kindle

For those who like historical mystery thrillers, the second installment in the Pluto’s Snitch series by Carolyn Haines, The House of Memory may be of interest. The story is set in the 1920s, and Raissa James and Reginald Proctor, who are private detectives specializing in the occult, have been hired by Zelda Fitzgerald to help her friend, Camilla, who has been having violent fits that seem to be caused by something not of this world. Camilla has been put in an insane asylum and is scheduled to have a lobotomy – which is supposedly a new medical breakthrough. Camilla is engaged to a very rich and charming man, and her mother will stop at nothing to make sure the marriage goes through. Camilla’s mother cares nothing of her daughter, and everything for how she looks to others in society, so she is willing to sacrifice her daughter to look good.

Pluto’s Snitch, the name of the detective agency, is an interesting business, and Raissa and Reginald are willing to put themselves in danger to solve the mystery and save Camilla. They must, however, do some major sleuthing to get to the bottom of what is happing at the asylum, and they must also race against time.

The novel is well-written, easy to read and understand, and has some surprising twists and turns. Haines’ use of real people from history as her characters is interesting, and brings the novel to life. While most of the characters are quite well-defined, especially Raissa and Reginald, some of the bad guys are a bit more mysterious, which adds to the suspense.

All told, this is a fun and quick read. It will make readers want to read a bit about the historical characters, and possibly learn something. The book is clean, with no graphic violence, sex, or language, so it’s suitable for all ages.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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