The Last Illusion
The Last Illusion
A Molly Murphy Mystery
By Rhys Bowen
Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780312535353, 320pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Irish immigrant and private detective Molly Murphy is thrilled to have a ticket to see world-famous illusionist Harry Houdini. But before he can even take the stage, the opening act goes horribly wrong--and the sensational Signor Scarpelli's lovely assistant is sawed in half. In the aftermath, Scarpelli accuses Houdini of tampering with his equipment. Who else but the so-called Handcuff King could have got a hold of his trunk of tricks, which he keeps under lock and key?
And it seems the maestro Scarpelli's not the only one critical of Houdini. Now that he's raised the stakes to such a perilous level, lesser acts are being put out of business. With everyone on edge, Houdini's wife hires Molly to watch his back. But how can she protect a man who literally risks his life every night? Now it's up to Molly to keep an eye on Houdini and find out whether these masters of illusion are simply up to their tricks--or if there truly is something much more treacherous going on....
With sparkling wit, charming characters, and historic detail, multiple award winner Rhys Bowen brings early-twentieth-century New York City and the fantastic performers of the time vividly to life in The Last Illusion.
IN A GILDED CAGE
“This installment outshines the others in character development and plot complexity. Details of Molly’s new cases are knit together with the accoutrements of 1918 New York City life…Don’t miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha’s mysteries and Gillian Linscott’s Nell Bray series.”—Booklist
“Delightful…Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early 20th-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants.”—Publishers Weekly
“Feisty, independent Molly and the historical New York background give good value.”—Kirkus Reviews
TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN
“Winning…It’s all in a day’s work for this delightfully spunky heroine.”—Publishers Weekly
“For readers who love mysteries more for character development than puzzle solving, the seventh Molly Murphy novel… does not disappoint.”—Booklist “Sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures.”—Kirkus Reviews
IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY“
Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters…This book is a keeper.”—Tampa Tribune “Enjoyable charm and wit.”—Baltimore Sun
“Molly is an indomitable creature…The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble.”—Washington Times
“The feisty Molly rarely disappoints in this rousing yarn seasoned with a dash of Irish history.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)