The Blood Card

The Blood Card

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In the third Magic Men mystery, the first partially set in America, a threat of mass violence looms over Elizabeth II’s coronation: Can DI Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto crack the case and save the crown?

Elizabeth II’s coronation is looming, but DI Edgar Stephens is busy investigating the death of a local fortuneteller. Meanwhile, his old pal, the magician Max Mephisto, is rehearsing for his television debut, a Coronation Day variety show. But upon hearing that their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, has been found dead in his flat, the two men join forces to find out what happened.
 
While Max is stuck in rehearsals, Edgar finds himself heading to New York, hot on the trail of a mesmerist he’s sure has valuable information for them—and his trusty sergeant, Emma, investigates some important leads at home. As the clock ticks down to Coronation Day, the team must scramble to keep Max’s small-screen debut from ending in a dangerously explosive finale.

In this nail-biting transatlantic mystery, threat of mass violence looms over Elizabeth II’s coronation—can Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto crack the case and save the crown?
 


Baker & Taylor
Edgar Stephens heads to New York to investigate a mesmerist who may be involved in the death of a British war hero right before the coronation of Elizabeth II, in the latest installment of the series following Smoke and Mirrors. 10,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Upon learning that their former wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, has been murdered, DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto reunite to track down the killer.
"In this nail-biting transatlantic mystery, threat of mass violence looms over Elizabeth II's coronation--can Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto crack the case and save the crown?"--

Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544750302
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 22 cm

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Roundcat
Oct 28, 2017

Being ancient enough to remember Elizabeth II's coronation from a distance, I found the background in England and the trip to the U.S. authentic. The various deaths and injuries involved seem to hang on the Magic Men, but they didn't seem to have a common thread other than that, except that an unseen hand seems to be directing DI Stephens, Max Mephisto and company to draw certain conclusions by giving them clues. Trying for a link to the coronation doesn't seem to work for them; but the whole plot comes together and the characters also develop by the end. I found this book held my attention and was satisfying historically.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 07, 2017

Good for 10 -16 year old readers, first time readers of detective fiction, and low-retention-level readers. I am a huge fan of the Ruth Galloway series, so I have tried very hard to like these books. I don't. The writing is repetitious and frustrating. We experience something with one character (in detail), that character then tells a second character (in detail) what we just witnessed. The second character thinks about that event (in detail) a few pages later. Then the first character ruminates about the event (in detail), and then tells a third character about it (in detail). The second character then thinks about the event (in detail). Later in two or three separate "review of clues" we get the details again. If reading this review annoyed you, so will the book.

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darladoodles
Oct 05, 2017

This is definitely the best Magic Men Mystery yet. Edgar and Max find themselves investigating the death of their mentor, Colonel Cartwright. They soon realize that the deaths are connected to the variety circuit when an old playbill is found at two of the murders and a clipping in Cartwright's flat connects them to a hypnotist in America. Edgar spends some time in Albany and the Big Apple, but comes back to Great Britain more confused than ever. Combining the world of magic with police work, Max and Edgar are racing against time to prevent a catastrophe on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. Edgar's mantra is "don't underestimate the women" and this book is filled with strong women. I really enjoyed the way Emma was highlighted in this book and look forward to seeing more of her!

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