Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Magician's Lie by Greer MacAllister

"Tonight I will do the impossible. The impossible is nothing new to me, I will make people believe things that aren't true. I will show them worlds that never existed, events that never happened. I will weave a web of beautiful illusiomn to snare them, a glittering trap that drags them willingly with me into the magical, false, spellbinding world." Opening Paragrah

Synopsis:

Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder - and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free... and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.

An engaging whodunnit set in the early 20th century! Ada Bates, aka The Amazing Arden, is an illusionest whose main act is to place a man in a box and saw him in half. One particular night, after the performance, a dead man is found in the box. She becomes the sole suspect and is accused of the murder. But Virgil Holt, a lawman who watched the performance, is not so sure. He steps in to try to unravel the mystery. Page by page, through his investigation, secrets of Ada's past are revealed.

The author took her time in setting up scenes, describing illusions, painting vivid pictures of the rich decor and costuming and lights on stage and behind it. She even reveals the secrets of how some illusions are accomplished. The Magician's Lie has much to like - suspense, mystery, and plenty of drama until all is revealed in a fantastic ending. If you like mysteries, especially whodunits, and magician's tricks, then this is one book you might want to read. 


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