The Stage is Set for Murder!
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Police are mystified when a magician is killed on stage – shot inside a locked box in front of the audience – and The Great Vicari is called in to investigate.
Ben Vickery returns to the theatre he fled when one of his own illusions went horribly wrong. Here he encounters faces from his own past, and has an opportunity to lay a ghost to rest – but is he ready to go back on stage?
As their enquiry progresses, the magician-sleuth and his assistant Malloy learn there is no one with a motive for murder – except for one man who could not possibly have done it. Unless he used magic. Can they learn how the trick was performed – and who was the mastermind behind it – before the curtain rises on another corpse?
Murder by Magic is the sequel to The Sword in the Stone Dead. Look for the third in the series, The Missing Magician.