Friday, December 26, 2014

2014 book 315

Greer Macallister's The Magician's Lie
It's 1905, and a small-town policeman has captured a lady magician, the suspect in her husband's brutal murder. She spends the evening narrating her life story to him, and he lets her, to try and win her trust--but seriously, how are /you/ gonna trust a /magician/? They deal in illusions! Fellow NC residents--the Biltmore in Asheville plays a part in events. Now, this book was definitely engaging, and I loved the look at a touring magic act at the turn of the century, but the writing is occasionally heavy-handed and the villain is unbelievably villainous (though he is VERY creepy). The magician also has some sort of healing ability, which manages to be relevant to the plot several times! I did wish that the policeman was a little more fleshed out, but I guess that wasn't really the point of things. I liked the lady magician a lot, so let's say B/B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in January.

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