Maude is overjoyed when Hyacinth and her sisters remove her from the dreary orphanage she has called home. She is to have new clothes and books and live in a lovely home. Of course, there is a catch. Hyacinth tells Maude that she must be able to keep a secret. Maude will not attend school, will remain relatively hidden in her new house. Eventually, Maude learns that Hyacinth and her sisters pretend to be mediums in order to obtain money from families who have lost a loved one. Maude has been selected to become a part of an elaborate hoax to convince a woman that Maude is actually the ghost of her beloved daughter, now drowned.
This is a lovely piece that combines a bit of Dickens, a little Sherlock Holmes, some Little Princess and much more. There is mystery, suspense, ghosts, violence, and a few wonderful twists and turns to the plot to keep readers engaged.