Monday, December 19, 2016

The Illusionist's Apprentice

Illusionist and vaudevillian Wren Lockhart was once the famous Harry Houdini's apprentice, and holds tantalizing secrets about her former mentor.  Months after Houdini's death, Wren finds herself helping the newly formed FBI investigate spiritualist Horace Stapelton, whose recent publicly performed illusion left a man dead.  As the investigation progresses and Wren finds herself in danger, she must decide if she can trust Agent Elliot Matthews with the secrets of her vaudeville act as well as those of her little-known past.  Will  Elliot discover who is trying to discredit Houdini's legacy and silence Wren before her entire world falls apart?  When he finds himself just as drawn to Wren's non-stage persona-- the quiet and caring Jenny Charles-- as he is to the eccentric and bold public performer, will Elliot convince Wren to finally let her guard down?

Kristy Cambron takes her readers on a fascinating tour of the Jazz Age's world of vaudeville in The Illusionist's Apprentice.  With a perfect blend of mystery, suspense, historical detail, complex characters, and compelling romance, Cambron's latest is a true delight.  Wren's struggle to reconcile her two personas with the woman she wishes to be is both believable and intriguing, and Elliot is the perfect combination of responsible lawman and brave rescuer to be an excellent romantic lead.  The plot moves along quickly and includes plenty of action to keep the reader guessing and engaged.  I enjoyed every last page.

 I received a free copy from the publisher.  No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

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