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A USA Today Bestseller

'[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel...' --Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

'This is a book in which storylines twist, spiral and come together again in an ending as explosive as a poof of smoke from your chimney... or a top hat.'

'Smart, intricately plotted... a richly imagined thriller.' --PEOPLE magazine

'This debut novel is historical fiction that blends magic, mystery, and romance.' --Boston Globe, Pick of the Week

'It's a captivating yarn... Macallister, like the Amazing Arden, mesmerizes her audience. No sleight of hand is necessary. An ambitious heroine and a captivating tale are all the magic she needs.' --Washington Post

'A wonderfully dark and intriguing historical thriller... I loved it!' --Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

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. But one night she swaps her trademark saw for an axe.

When Arden's husband is found dead later that night, the answer seems clear, most of all to young policeman Virgil Holt.

Captured and taken into custody, all seems set for Arden's swift confession. But she has a different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless, and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding.

A magical and mysterious historical thriller, perfect for fans of The Night Circus and Water for Elephants.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersHistorical mysteriesFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryRomanceErotic FictionHistorical romanceFiction & PoetryRomanceRomance Publisher: Legend Press Ltd Publication Date: 02/10/2017 ISBN-13: 9781787199989  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Her debut novel, The Magician's Lie, was a USA Today and MIBA Indie bestseller, an Indie Next, LibraryReads, and Target Book Club Pick, and was chosen by guest judge Whoopi Goldberg as a Book of the Month Club main selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain's Freckle Films. Follow Greer on Twitter @theladygreer

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This is a book I would recommend for anyone who is keen on historical fiction, especially if they enjoy being totally immersed not so much in an historical period as in a person’s life. One of the accusations levelled at Arden, the undoubted heroine of the novel, is that she is a hypnotist, and this novel almost hypnotises with its strong narrative. It is rare that a book drags the reader in so successfully as this, desperate to find out what happens next, or that the underlying dread of a particular character turning up feels so real. This writer keeps everyone on their toes, with twists and turns throughout that are so unpredictable. Arden is so human in that she refuses to take the easy line, refuses to conform to what is expected of her by both the reader and the other characters in the book. Not that this is a plodding progress of a book; the element of fantasy, magic, is carefully controlled on the edge of what is real. One or two of the people and events are real people, real happenings that have been skilfully brought to life. The book is a story of a life, recounted in difficult circumstances, to an unreliable listener who has his own agenda, and it is all the stronger as it must convince, change a mind. Arden, Ada, Vivi and all the other names the leading character goes by is telling her story with perfect recall to a confused man who has his own preoccupations. He has received life changing news that day, and is trying to come to terms with it, when he comes across a woman who he has just witnessed undertaking a spectacular magical show. Now a man is dead, she has turned up apparently on the run, and he decides he must act. He detains her in his office, a difficult thing to achieve as he suspects she is quite capable of escaping. To deny the charge against her, to escape the inevitable trial and death penalty, she wants to talk to him. He knows that she is a woman with unique powers which he does not understand, but becomes drawn in, enveloped in her story. As he is to point out, her tale of her life is so complete, with recalled conversations and events being so perfectly described, that it is suspicious. Nevertheless, it becomes a tale of determination, of love, of disappointment all against such a realistic set of circumstances that the remarkable almost becomes commonplace. This is a story of a woman with drive and determination way beyond her time, who meets with help and obsessive desire. The sounds, sights and smells of her story seem real and engrossing, and the logic of her actions startling yet logical. A travelling show feels so amazing that the acts feel as if performed for the reader. I certainly learnt a lot about the illusions and basic magical acts that I had never expected. This is a fascinating book with so much to enjoy. Not just a life story; an historical tale, a fantasy, a murder mystery all combine to make an absorbing tale of romance and peril. I would perhaps not have chosen it had it not been a copy sent for review, but it is a very surprising, gripping read.

- 04/10/2017
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