The Blood Card

The Blood Card

Book - 2017
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"In this nail-biting transatlantic mystery, threat of mass violence looms over Elizabeth II's coronation--can Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto crack the case and save the crown?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780544750302
0544750306
Characteristics: 372 pages

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LauraSteinert
Oct 07, 2017

Good for 10 -16 year old readers, first time readers of detective fiction, and low-retention-level readers. I am a huge fan of the Ruth Galloway series, so I have tried very hard to like these books. I don't. The writing is repetitious and frustrating. We experience something with one character (in detail), that character then tells a second character (in detail) what we just witnessed. The second character thinks about that event (in detail) a few pages later. Then the first character ruminates about the event (in detail), and then tells a third character about it (in detail). The second character then thinks about the event (in detail). Later in two or three separate "review of clues" we get the details again. If reading this review annoyed you, so will the book.

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darladoodles
Oct 05, 2017

This is definitely the best Magic Men Mystery yet. Edgar and Max find themselves investigating the death of their mentor, Colonel Cartwright. They soon realize that the deaths are connected to the variety circuit when an old playbill is found at two of the murders and a clipping in Cartwright's flat connects them to a hypnotist in America. Edgar spends some time in Albany and the Big Apple, but comes back to Great Britain more confused than ever. Combining the world of magic with police work, Max and Edgar are racing against time to prevent a catastrophe on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. Edgar's mantra is "don't underestimate the women" and this book is filled with strong women. I really enjoyed the way Emma was highlighted in this book and look forward to seeing more of her!

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