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.
When I first started I wasn´t sure what to expect, turns out it is a historical fiction, murder mystery, not so much about magic, but there is a little in it. A very enjoyable book written in the first person but it give the reader a sense that you are looking in rather than actually being there, from different characters, but the main one, who spends the night telling her story was The Amazing Arden. She has been arrested for murder and the policeman who arrested her is on his own and has his own problems which are also revealed during the night. The novel jumps from the present to the past and I found myself enjoying the past much more than the present. The author does a great job with the characters, some of which I loved some I hated.
It is a very well written novel, the authors first, I hope there will be more.
Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist whose work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Missouri Review, and The Messenger. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.
Genre: historical Fiction, a touch of romance and crime
• File Size: 1392 KB
• Print Length: 320 pages
• Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 13, 2015)
• Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
• Language: English
• ASIN: B00JS4J852