The Last Illusion
A Molly Murphy MysteryMolly Murphy Mysteries (Volume 9)
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St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250160522288 Pages
From the author of In Farleigh Field...
With wit, charm, and historical detail, multiple award winner Rhys Bowen makes early twentieth century New York come vividly to life in The Last Illusion.
Irish immigrant and PI Molly Murphy is thrilled to have a ticket to see the illusionists that are all the rage. Indeed, Harry Houdini himself has returned from Europe for a brief run on Broadway. But Houdini can’t even take the stage when, to the crowd’s shock, the opening act saws into his assistant—for real. The stunned performer accuses Houdini of tampering with his equipment, and he’s not the only one critical of “The King of Handcuffs” who, by raising the stakes in his shows, has put other acts out of business. With everyone on edge, Houdini’s wife hires Molly as an investigator and bodyguard...but how can she protect a man who risks his life every night?
New York City, July 1903
Ladies and gentlemen. For my final illusion I will perform a feat that will amaze and astound you—a feat never before attempted in the history of magic, a feat fraught with danger and horror." The showman, presented...
Praise for The Last Illusion
“This installment outshines the others…. Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series.” —Booklist on In a Gilded Cage
“Delightful … As ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early twentieth-century New York.” —Publishers Weekly on In a Gilded Cage
“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 on 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 on In Dublin’s Fair City
“Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross-section of mystery fans.” —Baltimore Sun on Oh Danny Boy