- File Size: 213 KB
- Print Length: 24 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Henery Press (September 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LRSZYCM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There’s No Question It Was Murder. But Who Killed Who? What begins as a typical corporate event for magician Eli Marks turns into a twisted mystery when he is called to the site of a recent murder/suicide.
Confronted by the details of the grisly crime scene, Eli must sort through the post-mortem clues—and the bickering of the officials as well as a poorly-timed allergy attack—to determine just who murdered who. Drawing on his knowledge of magic and misdirection, Eli realizes that only one entity could have pulled off a crime of this cunning magnitude: An Invisible Assistant.
Books in the Eli Marks Mystery Series:
THE AMBITIOUS CARD #1)
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And the answer is yes - this is just as much fun as the books! The short format obviously doesn't allow for the complexity of plotting of the novels, and regular readers already know these three characters and the dynamics amongst them, so there's no need for much character development. But all the usual humour is there and, as usual, Eli's knowledge of stage magic plays its part. I didn't work out the solution, or even get close, but found it nicely satisfying when all was revealed. Gaspard is great at “impossible” crimes, where the fun is in working out how it was done, and the method is always beautifully quirky. The books are usually whodunits too, but to make it work in the short story format, Gaspard has put the mystery into the method rather than having a complex list of suspects.
It works perfectly as a standalone, either as a little treat for existing fans impatiently waiting for the next book, or as an introduction to Gaspard's style for newcomers. It is very definitely a short story, not a novella – I'd say it took me about twenty minutes or so to read. But I was smiling for longer than that...
I really enjoy this series because magicians fascinate me with their sleight of hand and misdirection. I always wonder how tricks are done but in a way don't want to know because then it spoils the illusion!
Eli helps his ex-wife and her husband decipher a murder/suicide scene. Is it what it seems or is there more to the story. Eli of course figures it out and leaves them (and me!) surprised. Quite ingenious.
This is a great series and you can read this without reading the first three books, but you get to know Eli, his ex and Fred (the husband) a bit more.