Title: The Magician’s Angel (The Christmas Angel #3)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 2, 2018
Genre(s): Victorian romance
Page Count: 108
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction.
Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family’s theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission.
When a dead body turns up in the middle of Christopher’s act, suspicion immediately falls on him. If Christopher and Edward can’t work together to clear his name, Christopher won’t make it to Chicago in time. Edward knows he shouldn’t get attached to a man who will be gone in two days, but his heart—and a very special angel—have other ideas.
The Christmas Angel series of holiday romances follow the travels of an angel ornament through the decades as she inspires (and sometimes nudges) lonely men to find their Happily Ever After.
The Magician’s Angel is the third in series, which can be read in any order.
The backdrop for this story was back in the early 1900’s during the vaudevillian era and told in third person, which created an interesting mood for me. Add in the mystery of a murder and it felt like I was in a dinner theater mystery. There was a distinct depth of story with a sepia filter in my head. I loved that aspect.
Christopher Fiend is a magician on his way to the big time. It’s a few days before Christmas and he’s got a show in Twelfth Junction and then he’s off to Chicago where he’s got the audience of a major theater player that could make him national.
Edward Smith is supporting his brother, who’s desperately clinging to the idea that his theater will be profitable. He’s immediately intrigued by the magician who’s caught his eye. But, during the show, a dead body is unveiled and suddenly everyone is a suspect.
Christopher and Edward work together to attempt to solve the mystery as quickly as possible while simultaneously delving into a romance behind the scenes.
I really enjoyed the feel of this story. It was fun and interesting and somehow, even though the romantic aspect of Christopher and Edward’s relationship was more background, it was sweet and real and deep.
This was a really quick, easy read, but was an adrenaline fueled, romantic mystery with a HEA that was totally satisfying. Overall, a great read.