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A casual glance out his apartment window turns magician Eli Marks' life upside down. After spotting a dead body in the projection booth of the movie theater next door, Eli is pulled into the hunt for the killer. As he attempts to puzzle out a solution to this classic locked room mystery, he must deal with a crisis of a more personal nature: the appearance of a rival magician who threatens not only Eli's faith in himself as a performer, but his relationship with his girlfriend.

But the killer won't wait and starts taking homicidal steps to bring Eli's investigation to a quick and decisive end. Things get even worse when his magician rival offers his own plausible solution to the mystery. With all the oddball suspects gathered together, Eli must unveil the secrets to this movie-geek whodunit or find himself at the wrong end of the trick.

©2018 John Gaspard (P)2018 Spoken Realms

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  • 07-08-18

Love this series

I've listened to the first two books in this series and this third installment is just as good. I love the character, Eli Marks. He's an everyman who just happens to be a magician. I absolutely love how the author intersperses magic and magicians into the mystery. I totally missed the whodunnit but that's the hallmark of a good mystery.

The narrator has a great voice and cadence that is a perfect fit for this character. All in all, a very good listen.

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Great characters and plot

What could be more mysterious and riveting than a magic trick? Only a locked room with a murder victim! Magician and amateur sleuth, Eli Marks is embroiled in a murder that has lots of suspects and more dead bodies. Not only does he have a murder mystery to solve but he also discovers a jealous streak that wreaks havoc on his career and love life. Hopefully, Marks can solve the murder before anyone else dies.

John Gaspard creates a classic mystery in which the solution is unique and exciting. Like magic, this story has an illusion that is masterfully crafted and executed.

A fun listen that keeps the audience guessing until the end. Great characters and plot that keep the audience engaged and on the edge of their chair. A unique combination of vintage detective mystery and cozy mystery. A delightful tale that keeps the audience engaged and riveted. Characters, as well as the plot, were well developed.

The narrator, Jim Cunningham, is excellent! His voice matches Eli Marks character perfectly with the correct amount of emotion and wonderment and mystery. He owns the book through his talent.

I highly recommend this book if you have a fondness for mystery, vintage movies, and magic. Part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone too. Gaspar does a great job of capturing his audience with a unique character and mystery!

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.