Do You Believe In Magic?

Sarah Skilton has written her first adult novel, Club Deception, and it's a doozy. Jessica, a young wife who is quickly learning the meaning of the phrase, "marry in haste, repent at leisure" is introduced to the club of wives and girlfriends of America's greatest magicians. There are several mysteries to be solved in this tale where nothing and no one is quite who they seem in twisty mystery brimming with the history and secrets of magic.

In Greer Macallister's The Magician's Lie, The Amazing Arden, one of the great magicians of the turn of the last century, is under suspicion of murdering her husband. As a means to clearing her name, she relates her eventful life story to the detective who has captured her. It's up to him to see through the gauze and frippery of Arden's tale and determine her guilt or innocence. Once again, strong female characters and knowledge of the craft abound.

Set in Golden Age Hollywood, Amanda Quick's The Girl Who Knew Too Much pairs a former magician and a woman on the run to solve a murder.  "Irene" is in possession of a cryptic notebook, and a series of drownings seem to point to who is chasing her. While there is a strong romantic suspense element to this, Quick manages a historical mystery solved with the use of magic. 

In much-less-glamorous postwar England, a group known as the Magic Men must gather for survival in Ely Griffith's The Zig Zag Girl. The Magic Men got their name as a unit in the armed forces who used elements of illusion to thwart the Nazis. Now they're being hunted, dying in ways that suggest various tricks. Eccentric characters and a novel plot make this a book to savor.

There are plenty more mysteries involving illusions and illusionists. Tell us about your favorites in the comments. 

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