The Great Merlini

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

Death from a Top Hat Publisher's Summary

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.

©1938 Clayton Rawson, renewed 1965 (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Show More Show Less
  • Book 1

    • Death from a Top Hat

    • Merlini Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Clayton Rawson
    • Narrated by: Gregory Gorton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Now you see him now you don't.

    • By Chris Coyne on 01-02-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Footprints on the Ceiling

    • By: Clayton Rawson
    • Narrated by: Gregory Gorton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    "Wanted To Rent: Haunted House, preferably in rundown condition. Must be adequately supplied with interesting ghost.” Ross Harte knows that only the Great Merlini could be behind such a strange classified ad. A magician, salesman, and occasional sleuth, Merlini is producing radio investigations of paranormal activity, and he needs ghosts to put on-air.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • The Headless Lady

    • By: Clayton Rawson
    • Narrated by: Gregory Gorton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Summer heat is choking New York, and the Great Merlini - conjurer, sleuth, and godson of P. T. Barnum - offers his friend Ross Harte a chance to get out of town. Before they can depart for the annual convention of the Society of American Magicians, a nervous woman enters Merlini’s shop, begging to purchase his most popular illusion: the headless lady. When the magician refuses to sell his last copy, she steals it.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • No Coffin for the Corpse

    • By: Clayton Rawson
    • Narrated by: Gregory Gorton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When Ross Harte gets into a screaming match with his fiance’s father, millionaire Dudley Wolff, the old man cuts Harte’s beloved out of his will. As far as Wolff is concerned, this is an empty threat, because he plans to live forever. He has a team of scientists working to extend his life as long as possible, and should they fail, a renowned psychic will contact him after his death.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Great Merlini

    • The Complete Stories of the Magician Detective
    • By: Clayton Rawson
    • Narrated by: Gregory Gorton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The Great Merlini waits impatiently at the door of the Hotel Astor. Inspector Church is late for his meeting with the famed magician, with whom he consults when homicide cases venture outside the realm of the possible. A ventriloquist has attempted suicide in the wake of his wife’s mysterious strangulation. Among the suspects are a snake charmer, a nine-foot giant, a tattooed man, and a gaggle of crap players - and this is one of Merlini’s simple cases.

    Regular price: $19.95