When a necromancer is murdered, a magician takes the case
Freelance scribe Ross Harte is working on an essay about the sad state of the modern mystery novel when a scream comes from the hallway: “There is death in that room!” Harte finds a trio of conjurers trying to get into the apartment of his neighbor, the mysterious Dr. Cesare Sabbat, famed occultist and, for the past few minutes, a corpse.
They break down the door to find Sabbat lying in a pentagram, face twisted from the agonies of strangulation, but with no bruises on his neck. All the doors were locked, and the windows drop straight down to the river below. Only an escape artist could get out of that room, and Sabbat knew quite a few. To make sense of this misdirected muddle, the police bring in the Great Merlini, an illusionist whose specialty is making mysteries disappear.
A cute big mystery. It went on a little long for my taste. The author could of short end by a few chapters. This was pretty good mystery, locked room mysteries have always been my favorites. I always thought a magician made a good detective. Shows like Jonathan Creek have always proved that. The narrator did a good job with the voices. I liked Merlini voice most of all. He sounded like William Powell. I can imagine him playing Merlini in a movie Powell did a great job with detectives like Nick Charles and Philo Vance. He would of been a great choice for Merlini, if this had been made into a movie in the 30s.