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Death and the Conjuror de Tom Mead
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Death and the Conjuror (edició 2022)

de Tom Mead (Autor)

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A magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London solves three impossible crimes In 1930s London, celebrity psychiatrist Anselm Rees is discovered dead in his locked study, and there seems to be no way that a killer could have escaped unseen. There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, the Scotland Yard detective on the case calls on retired stage magician-turned-part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. For who better to make sense of the impossible than one who traffics in illusions? Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colorful cast of suspects among the psychiatrist's patients and household, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets--or motives for murder. When the investigation dovetails into that of an apparently-impossible theft, the detectives consider the possibility that the two transgressions are related. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realize that the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon.  A tribute to the classic golden-age whodunnit, when crime fiction was a battle of wits between writer and reader, Death and the Conjuror joins its macabre atmosphere, period detail, and vividly-drawn characters with a meticulously-constructed fair play puzzle. Its baffling plot will enthrall readers of mystery icons such as Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr, modern masters like Anthony Horowitz and Elly Griffiths, or anyone who appreciates a good mystery.… (més)
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Títol:Death and the Conjuror
Autors:Tom Mead (Autor)
Informació:Mysterious Press (2022), 288 pages
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Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
This is the first novel by Tom Mead who generally writes locked-room mystery stories. The setting is 1936 London. The stage magician Joseph Spector is called in when a prominent psychiatrist is murdered inside his firmly-locked office. The sytlu and pace are a bit too cozy for me and I didn't finish. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jul 23, 2022 |
I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher via NetGalley.

I had heard so many good things about this novel that I was sure I was going to love it, but in the end I found it too cerebral and a little tiresome. As other reviewers have noted, although it is set in 1936 there isn't a lot of period colour and the characterization was rather superficial. Maybe it was listening to it while trying to overcome jet lag, but it was all too convoluted and the solutions so deviously convoluted and unlikely that I lost interest in trying to grasp them, let alone work them out for myself. The audiobook narrator made Joseph Spector's voice very supercilious and 'stagy' which grated on me. I've only recently started listening to audiobooks again and I don't understand why the narrator, having got to the end of a sentence where they clearly misplaced the stress or mispronounced a word (e.g.Bodleian), doesn't re-record that sentence...? ( )
  pgchuis | Jul 18, 2022 |
Death and the Conjurer by Tom Mead reads like a Perry Mason episode, minus the actual lawyer and court drama, which made sense once I read that Mr. Mead is inspired by Earle Stanley Gardner, stated in the About the Author section. The mystery is a period piece in Britain that has the flavor of British and gumshoe at the same time. The exposition in much of the book sounds like Paul Drake and Perry Mason discussing their case. The crimes and explanations are believable and much less dramatic than the modern murder shows, but it fits the time period (1936). Anyone familiar with theater and British society in that era will find this an amusing treat. (Reviewed by Tanya Ellenburg-Kimmet) ( )
  RoeschLeisure | Jul 12, 2022 |
The promotional materials for Death and the Conjurer compare this title to some of the best work from "the golden age of mystery writing," a description that's spot-on. I had a hard time remembering whether I was reading a forthcoming novel or a reprint of a classic from the 30s.

Death and the Conjurer has all the traits of a mystery from the period it emulates. We have
• not one, but two locked door mysteries
• a cast of suspicious characters including—
• an emigre psychiatrist
• his odd, but brilliant daughter
• three of the psychiatrist's patients
• a clueless, rich young man
• a housekeeper who listens at doors
• a Scotland Yard detective aided by a civilian, in this case a former stage magician

It took me a little while to hit my stride with this title, but once I did, I was hooked. Death and the Conjurer is a read-in-one-sitting title. The solution to the crime is complicated (I'm not sure I completely bought all its elements) and is presented in an Hercule Poirot-style assembly of all the characters involved in the case, with sudden revelations that maintain the guessing game for as long as possible.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley; the opinions are my own. ( )
  Sarah-Hope | Jul 6, 2022 |
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A magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London solves three impossible crimes In 1930s London, celebrity psychiatrist Anselm Rees is discovered dead in his locked study, and there seems to be no way that a killer could have escaped unseen. There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, the Scotland Yard detective on the case calls on retired stage magician-turned-part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. For who better to make sense of the impossible than one who traffics in illusions? Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colorful cast of suspects among the psychiatrist's patients and household, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets--or motives for murder. When the investigation dovetails into that of an apparently-impossible theft, the detectives consider the possibility that the two transgressions are related. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realize that the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon.  A tribute to the classic golden-age whodunnit, when crime fiction was a battle of wits between writer and reader, Death and the Conjuror joins its macabre atmosphere, period detail, and vividly-drawn characters with a meticulously-constructed fair play puzzle. Its baffling plot will enthrall readers of mystery icons such as Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr, modern masters like Anthony Horowitz and Elly Griffiths, or anyone who appreciates a good mystery.

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