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.
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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