The Grand Illusion

The Grand Illusion

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 04/04/2024
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Step forward Daphne Devine - you are about to change the course of the war

‘A breathtaking historical thriller.’ Erin Kelly,author of The Skeleton Key

'Vivid and thoroughly entertaining... More, please.' Guardian, best crime and thrillers

June 1940. As World War Two rages, Daphne Devine remains in London, performing each night as assistant to stage magician Jonty Trevelyan, aka the Grand Mystique.

Then the secret service call.

For, aware of Hitler’s belief in the occult, the war office has set up a hidden cohort to exploit this quirk in the enemy’s chain of command.

Daphne and Jonty find themselves far from the glitz and glamour of the theatre, deep inside the lower levels of Wormwood Scrubs prison. Here, they join secret ranks of occultists, surrealists, and other eccentrics co-opted to the war effort. There is one goal: to avert invasion on British shores.

Soon Daphne realises she must risk everything if there is any chance of saving her country

'Quirky, clever and compelling.' Anna Mazzola, author of The Clockwork Girl

'A rattling good read.' Barbara Nadel, author of Belshazzar's Daughter

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • ISBN: 9780861541607
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 32 mm

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The Grand Illusion
I shall not be looking for book 2.
Generally, I enjoy this genre and I started off enjoying The Grand Illusion too. From prologue through chapter 4 it had me wanting more as the book had me ... READ MORE
Jon Jonnson
The Grand Illusion
War and deception
The Grand Illusion - set during the Second World War - takes place in the same world as Moore's Essex Witch mysteries (we meet Septimus!) It isn't I think ... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
The Grand Illusion
I loved everything about this book, even the cover captures your imagination. This is a book where the quality of the writing and the storytelling combine ... READ MORE
Andy  wormald
The Grand Illusion
A cleverly presented story, blending fact and fiction well.
Blog Tour Review The writing was rich in description and engaging. The story opened with a page setting the scene, then went on to a typed message. T... READ MORE
Emily Pankhurst
The Grand Illusion
Intriguing tale but a bit too slow going
June 1940 & Daphne Devine is working as assistant to stage magician Jonty Trevelyan, aka the Grand Mystique. One evening they are called to a hush-hush mee... READ MORE