In 1896, renowned psychic Ignatius Jones commissions his portrait to be painted and promises his followers that he will communicate with them through the portrait after he passes to spirit. On the day that he is murdered in 1903, his portrait is stolen. It turns up 100 years later at a church rummage sale in 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. Charles Philip Tucker, former con man and the Center’s founder, says that he’s channeling Ignatius Jones when he selects an eighteen-year-old girl to bear his children on Ignatius Jones’ behalf. Frances decides to get involved.♦♦♦
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Excerpt of author interview with Jan Lewis on “Be My Guest!”
How the story starts..
Testimony of Mrs. Eugenia Stephenson Concerning a Meeting at the Boston Spiritualist Lyceum
I was seated amongst thirty others in the audience in a meeting hall of the Boston Spiritualist Lyceum on Tremont Street when Ignatius Jones entered, accompanied by his close friend and tour manager Mr. William Price following several steps behind.
Ignatius Jones seated himself behind a table at the front of the room.
To be sure, I’d heard the whispers emanating from certain quarters in Boston, that he takes liberties with women without regard to their marital circumstances, and that his appetites in that quarter cannot be sated.
They say that unaccompanied women enter and depart his house on Pinckney Street at all hours in plain view of his Beacon Hill neighbors, that they flaunt their identities without shame, even some who are well-known in polite society.
Such calumnies failed to dissuade me. I resolved to see for myself the most renowned spiritualist in Boston and to hear his words directly. →Inside Look: Chapter One .
Listen to Chapter One, the testimony of Eugenia Stephenson, as read by narrator Edison McDaniels.
…and to this five minute scene, also read by Edison McDaniels, which takes place after con artist Charles Philip Tucker has acquired a portrait of a 19th-century dandy at a church rummage sale in Tudorsville, VT. There’s something about the portrait that intrigues him, not least that it may be valuable, and Charles is keen to learn more. He decides to hire an art expert who won’t ask too many questions. A former colleague who collects art from shady sources tells him about Denny Sullivan. Charles brings the portrait to Denny’s condo in Boston to obtain Denny’s opinion.
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