Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#Review: The Bullet Catch: An Eli Marks Mystery by John Gaspard #Mystery #Adult #YA

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.
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.
My review:
Believe it or not, in my past history, I have been an amateur magician along with my Dad. So, it is with that and liking a good mystery that I approached this book. Here we have it all. Two murders, one attempted murder and a who-done-it that should be of epic proportions.

 But it wasn't.

This is where I thought the author might have failed because I was able to figure our the mystery part of the book way to soon. Then again, the author did have a bit of a twist to the killer which caught me off guard but only a little as the book pretty much said "here, I am but how did I do it?"

Now, as for the magic part of the book, that was kind of fun except the plot of it ran on way too long. The character could have figured out what to do within a few minutes as he-the character- was a professional magician. He did not need a whole book to get an alternative to the problem nor figure out who was about to kill off his actor.  It was sort of nice to see the author put into the book things that have happened in real life, including "The Magician's Code".

My Dad believed in that code and so do I. I also believe in not telling the twist or the ending of a book so, that my friends, you will have to look up yourself.

Overall, not too bad but would have liked to have seen more mystery, twist, and more character development too.

This book gets three stars from me. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as a gift. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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