Review of The Bullet Catch

Synopsis:

Newly-single magician Eli Marks reluctantly attends his high school reunion against his better judgment, only to become entangled in two deadly encounters with his former classmates. The first is the fatal mugging of an old crush’s husband, followed by the suspicious deaths of the victim’s business associates.

22491253  At the same time, Eli also comes to the aid of a classmate-turned-movie-star who fears that attempting The Bullet Catch in an upcoming movie may be his last performance. As the bodies begin to pile up, Eli comes to the realization that juggling these murderous situations — while saving his own neck — may be the greatest trick he’s ever performed.

Review:

Eli Marks is a magician who finds himself enmeshed in a couple of mysteries that he would love to solve.  When he reluctantly goes to his high school reunion, he meets up with former classmates that he has not seen in a long time.  One of the people he sees again is his highschool love, Trish, that he may have not gotten over.  She is there with her husband, who is not the nicest person in the world.  When said husband is found dead, Eli knows that he must help Trish get over her husband’s death and try to find the killer.

Another classmate, Jake, has become a movie star and he asks Eli for help as well.  He is afraid that a magic act that he is performing in a movie may be the death of him.  The trick is called The Bullet Catch and Jake is afraid that he may really die doing the trick to help promote the movie.    As crazy at that sounds, Eli is not willing to take the chance that Jake is right and he agrees to help him.  Will Eli be able to pull the answers to these mysteries out of his magic hat or will the curtain come down on all of them?

The characters are well developed and realistic and I enjoyed getting to know them.  One of the things I liked best about this book is the fact the protagonist is a male.  Most of the cozy-type books I read have female heroines so I think it is refreshing to be reading about a hero.  The author is also male, so maybe he wrote what he knows best.

The mysteries are carried out well throughout the book and I thought they meshed together nicely.  There are twists and turns and clues scattered about, waiting to be found.  I think the author is very talented in creating suspense with just the written word.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery suspense.  This is the first book that I have read by this author but I plan on reading the first book in the series because I enjoyed this book so much.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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