Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Hardcover – Tor Books – Aug2016 – 304 pages
World War I is raging, and Ginger’s ability as a medium for the Spirit Corps provides troop movement information from the recently dead soldiers at the front. Vital information – as long as it passes through appropriate channels. When evidence of a traitor in their ranks seeps through, she finds her concerns ignored, and her whole Corps in peril.
From the publisher:
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.
Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.
Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she’s just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…
Jacket art by Chris McGrath