The Last Illusion A Molly Murphy Mystery (Paperback)
|Author: Rhys Bowen|
|Irish sleuth Molly Murphy is hired to protect none other than Harry Houdini after the on-stage death of a magician''s assistant, in the latest in Bowen''s award-winning series. Martin''s Press.|
From the Publisher:
Irish immigrant and private detective Molly Murphy is thrilled to have a ticket to see world-famous illusionist Harry Houdini. But before he can even take the stage, the opening act goes horribly wrong—and the sensational Signor Scarpelli’s lovely assistant is sawed in half. In the aftermath, Scarpelli accuses Houdini of tampering with his equipment. Who else but the so-called Handcuff King could have got a hold of his trunk of tricks, which he keeps under lock and key?
And it seems the maestro Scarpelli’s not the only one critical of Houdini. Now that he’s raised the stakes to such a perilous level, lesser acts are being put out of business. With everyone on edge, Houdini’s wife hires Molly to watch his back. But how can she protect a man who literally risks his life every night? Now it’s up to Molly to keep an eye on Houdini and find out whether these masters of illusion are simply up to their tricks—or if there truly is something much more treacherous going on…
Newly engaged, spunky private detective Molly Murphy and police officer Daniel Sullivan were hoping for a fun night out on the town, and celebrity magician Harry Houdini's show seemed like the perfect diversion. The fun comes to an abrupt stop, however, when the opening act literally saws his assistant in half! And then when that corpse disappears, Houdini's wife's suspicions that someone has it out for her husband start to seem more and more credible. Daniel sees this as a matter for the police--and he doesn't want Molly involved in such a dangerous case. Despite the tension it might create in her relationship, however, Rhys Bowen's independent heroine isn't about to let a good investigation slip her by.