Professor of anthropology, Dennis Gaffin, chronicles a Victorian mystery concerning the spirituality of the infamous mystic Madame Blavatsky in The Divinity Inquiry.
Dennis Gaffin has taken Historical Mystery Fiction to another level with the release of this book. The professor is author of The Divinity Inquiry, set around 1890 at the peak of the British Empire, Church dominance, and the spread of alternative paradigms in religion and science.
The Divinity Inquiry is a novel informed by in-depth historical research, comparative religion, mysticism, and the hidden politics of Church and Empire. Set in Victorian times, the book intertwines themes of authenticity, conspiracy, religious tolerance, and political upheaval, which well resonate with contemporary events today. The storyline of this mystery fiction centers on an unorthodox Cambridge Professor of Divinity, Paul Hartley, compelled by the English establishment to travel across the globe to investigate murder and mysticism. This task leads to a series of adventures, as the rugged naturalist and skeptic of Western empire and religion is torn between career, open-mindedness, and morality.
Paul Hartley investigates the events surrounding the death of Euphemia Bray, a wealthy Theosophist, and the authenticity of Blavatsky and her reported occult powers. Interwoven within the novel are the machinations of British and Church rule, conflicts between authority and religion, and debates about the realities of mystical experience.
The Divinity Inquiry has already started to receive accolades from different readers across the globe.
“A remarkable book, bridging the world of academia, docudrama, and adventure. it sheds a fresh light on a historical figure, whose tolerance of others, as well as others’ ideals, is as important to understand today as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Professor Gaffin takes us on a journey of mystery, excitement, and learning,” says Rick H. on Amazon
Published by Austin Macauley, the hardcover and paperback versions of The Divinity Inquiry are available on Amazon for lovers of mystery and historical fiction everywhere.
About Dennis Gaffin
Dennis Gaffin, PhD is Professor of anthropology at the State University of New York College Buffalo. In addition to the non-fiction books In Place: Spatial and Social Order in a Faeroe Islands Community and Running with the Fairies: Towards a Transpersonal Anthropology of Religion, he has written academic and popular journal articles. Born out of his scholarly work in comparative religion and his interests in Victorian times and the varieties of spiritual experience The Divinity Inquiry is his first novel. He currently lives in rural upstate New York and Toronto.
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