The Magician's Lie: A Novel
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2015-01-13
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
So in the past six weeks I've read 8 books- I won't write a full review for all of them but I will summarize my thoughts and overall reaction for each:The Magicians Lie by Greer MaCallisterI was eagerly anticipating this book- the Amazon blurb “Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magic...
The Magician's Lie kept me hooked pretty much from start to finish. It's historical fiction and magical realism with a touch of mystery thrown in. I was actually expecting much more investigation of that mystery, but instead we get the back story of the main character after she is arrested as she t...
Last week, I declared my love for meta-fiction: fiction that lets one know that the story is fictional and invites the reader into the illusion. I said that I liked being in on the joke. When I said that, I wasn't thinking about stories told by magicians. The illusion, perhaps ironically, doesn't ho...
The turn of the century setting in this story is what captured my attention first. I love books with a historical aspect to them and the traveling shows on the railway, New York, and Biltmore all lent themselves to the time period and were beautifully described. You can tell the author did her res...
This is the story of Ada Bates and her rise to fame as “The Amazing Arden”, master illusionist. As a young teen, she is thrown into contact with her cousin Ray, a very disturbed young man. He threatens her with bodily harm. Ray believes he has special healing powers; he believes he can hurt her and ...