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Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Forms of Things Unknown


The Backstage Mystery Series 



      In the summer of 1876, Lillian Nolan returns to Chicago after a successful tour of Hamlet, and is  awakened in the dead of night by a strange voice. She is shocked to learn that well known and admired actress, Louise Hawthorne, has fallen to her death from the sixth floor of the Tremont House. Was it an accident? Did she jump or was she pushed? Louise’s former lover, and the main suspect, pleads with Lillian to uncover the truth and clear his name.


     In the process of learning to trust her intuitive abilities, Lillian attempts to find balance between relying upon her gift and uncovering the truth in her own way. But the menace of death pursues her and soon her own life is at risk. When she finds herself in a trap from which she cannot escape, her only hope of survival is to call upon the metaphysical world.


     Forms of Things Unknown is a fictional rendition of an actual event and is the third standalone book in the Backstage Mystery Series. 

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"I have always been attracted to murder. Perhaps I should say murder has always been attracted to me. As Robert Armin, my spirit guide and conduit to the “The Beyond” continually reminds me—murder and identifying the killer—is part of my life’s purpose..."

Elizabeth Ireland's exceptional talent for storytelling made this one of the most enjoyable mysteries I've ever read. Her intricate plot, likeable characters and rich attention to detail weave a story that is surprising, scary, intense and truly entertaining. I also love the main character and hope to read more paranormal adventures featuring Lillian Nolan.

~ Kevin Hosey, Author and Editor at

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