The Magician Murders (Art of Murder #3)

Title: The Magician Murders (Art of Murder #3)
Author: Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: March 29, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery
Page Count: 281
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder…

Jason West, hot shot special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team, is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident at the Wyoming home of BAU Chief Sam Kennedy when he’s asked to aid in the investigation of a suspicious death in a National Forest.

When the dead man is found to be the Kosher Conjuror, a much-hated part-time magician accused of revealing the highly guarded secrets of professional illusionists, it seems clear this must be a simple revenge killing—until Jason realizes an earlier suspicious death at the trendy magic club Top Hat White Rabbit might be part of the same, much larger and more sinister, pattern.

I was absolutely thrilled with the previous book in this series so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this one ever since it was announced. The blurb only increased my interest. I was more than ready to dive into story!

The writing is superb and detail jump from the page snagging reader’s attention.

As always, the softness of Sam’s lips came as surprise. For a guy who was rumored to have a heart of
stone, he sure knew his way around a kiss.

Almost swooned at the description! It’s exactly how I envisioned Sam!

Jason is hoping for a nice evening in with his boyfriend. Instead, he got attacked and ended up in hospital. Not very romantic.

Flashes of dry humor liven the story and once again from the beginning mystery and romantic plot mesh seamlessly together. There is just enough tension to make this captivating story on both fronts.

There is a little bit more of Sam in this book than the previous one, building further his relationship with Jason.

I loved the off hand way author introduced Jason’s new case. It’s fanciful and adds a touch of whimsy to the case he is already in the middle of. It’s an intricately drawn plot, drawing wide circle filled with interesting characters spiraling down to conclusion. The ending definitely packed a punch, getting me on the hook for the next one. I can’t wait until it’s out!

The Art of Murder

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