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In the 1920s Harry Price, a medium and exposer of fake clairvoyants, is approached on behalf of rising MP Edward Goodwin, whose young wife Grace's odd behaviour causes her to believe that their house is haunted and she is being made to obey the commands of ghosts. Goodwin is sceptical, feeling that Grace's problem is psychological, but he will not have her committed - partly so as not to harm his political career - and asks Harry to move in following mysterious, sinister writing on a floor. Helped by sensible housemaid Sarah and opportunistic journalist Vernon Harry researches the house's history, learning it was previously a workhouse where a young boy, Grace's possible ghost, was murdered. However he also discovers personal secrets from the Goodwins' past, which make Grace susceptible to her alleged visions.Written by
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Indications of the time period are muddled. It seems to be 1920, but the MP is a liberal, and liberals were no longer a potential party of government after 1918. Likewise he mentions favouring votes for women, which they had after 1918, though not younger women. And there is background talk of the problem of reconciling Unionists and Nationalists, indicating a pre-1914 situation.
Or it might be 1930s, since Chamberlain is mentioned as if he were leader. Needless muddle. See more »