In the Shadow of Blackbirds
combines a series of historical events from the early part of the 20th century with a healthy dose of the spriritualism that was running rampant at the time, then spices it with the ghost of Mary Shelly Black's first love. The terror that arose from the epidemic Spanish Influenza, layered over the horror of the War to End all Wars, gave rise to the Spiritualist movement as people lost loved ones at every turn. Old friends, who are photographers, have found a market for photos that imply the presence of the spirits of lost loves. In fact, one photo of Mary Shelly has taken on a life of its own, much to Mary Shelly's dismay. Mary Shelly's in a race to stay healthy, to understand what happened to her dear sweetheart when he enlisted in the Army, to debunk the fake photos, and to understand the Spiritualists who are playing on the fears and sadness of the members of the community. An exciting read!