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Trivia: This locked room mystery is the inspiration for the 1939 Robert Young movie Miracles For Sale. The book, as usual, is better than the movie.
This book is exceptionally well-formatted. The Mysterious Press seems to actually proof-read their offerings, unlike many other ebook publishers.
Recommended for Golden Age Detection fans, and locked-room mystery fans in particular. The product summary will give a short description of the plot.
If you like locked room mysteries this story gives you two for the price of one. Part of the fun is the irritation that the police investigator suffers under as Merlini frequently goes off on a tangent in his explanations citing books and mysterious events of the past that may or may not have anything to do with the present murders, but which the Great Merlini takes great pleasure in expounding upon. The story is rife with footnote references to actual books concerning magic, psychic phenomena, seances and the occult. This is a good mystery, with humor and interesting facts concerning, magic, the occult and things that go bump in the night.
The book, one of the "Golden Age" mysteries, features the Great Merlini as the man who solves the crimes. Merlini is a magician and Rawson's frequent protagonist. When a magician is found dead inside his locked and thoroughly sealed apartment, police call in Merlini to help explain the impossible. The suspects, however, are all magicians, and any one of them probably could have come up with several ways of achieving the effect. Before all is said and done, Rawson gives a fascinating look at the world of magic and misdirection. Fans of contemporary mysteries might not be happy with the lack of character development, of which there is almost none. But for those who like their mysteries to be baffling conundrums, this book is a must-read.