Maybe I've read to much lately. But I love a good mystery when I'm falling asleep at night. This did not do it. Just a little to much for me. Rather hokey.
THE BULLET CATCH (#2)
THE MISER'S DREAM (#3)
THE LINKING RINGS (#4)
THE FLOATING LIGHT BULB (#5)
THE ZOMBIE BALL (#6)
THE MAGIC SQUARE (#7)
THE INVISIBLE ASSISTANT (Short Story)
THE LAST CUSTOMER (Short Story)
John Gaspard has a well written story of friendships and murder. The characters, the backstory of magicians' tricks, treachery and betrayal all blend together to make this a very interesting and satisfying mystery. I feel as if John Gaspard did a "slight of pen" in pulling off a mystery that both surprised and delighted me. Great Job!
High School reunions are to be dreaded but despite that, Magician Eli decides to attend. There he has to confront his paralyzing fear of heights as well as running into schoolmates he barely remembers. But he does remember Jake who is now a B-list actor who is working on a low-budget movie about the Famous Bullet catch, which killed magician Terry Alexander. Because Jake really could use some help in playing the deceased magician, he gets Eli on the set to help.
Along the way, one of the classmates gets killed causing nosy Eli to wonder why.
A really solid story with wonderful characters and situations. I totally plan on reading the series.
A most excellent sequel - as good, if not better, than the first. So, if you liked that, you'll love this. If you haven't read that one yet, you'll probably be okay reading this alone, but reading that one first will give you a richer experience. Awesome books.
Very clever story telling. Character amusing and believable. Must read whole series.
Love this series. As an amateur magician, I enjoy reading about classic magic and magicians. Plus I love how he keeps running into his ex wife. Hilarious!
The discovery of the Eli Marks mysteries was a happy accident that I have truly appreciated. This is the second book in the series. I enjoyed the entire story, regardless of the fact that I could see the answer to the mystery so easily. After all, John Gaspard throws the answer at the reader with references to classic movies that suggest exactly what is going on. Despite that, I thought this was a great read and I have gone on to read all the Eli Marks mysteries and look forward to any new ones on the future.
A charming , funny and clever story. I' m looking forward to reading more of John Harper d's mystery books.