Paranormal Historical. Despite her star billing at Gris-Gris, Chinatown's notorious speakeasy, San Francisco spirit medium Aida Palmer's stage show is not an act -- she really can conjure (or exorcise) supernatural entities. Her abilities attract the attention of Winter Magnusson (a.k.a. "the Viking Bootlegger"), who's been haunted by the ghost of a murdered prostitute ever since someone placed a hex on him. Although Aida easily removes Winter's curse, she soon discovers that she's fallen under the spell of the mysterious man, who's burdened with as many secrets as Aida herself. Bitter Spirits
, which kicks off the Roaring Twenties series, boasts a richly detailed Prohibition-era setting, a supernaturally themed mystery, and complex, well-matched protagonists.