I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
Published: 2017 by HarperCollins Christian Publishing
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron is a mystery/romance set in the mid 1920s starring the great illusionist Harry Houdini’s former apprentice.
Wren Lockhart lives alone with only one companion, her manager Irina. She wears men’s clothing and stands out from her peers. After Houdini’s death, Wren has kept a low profile, performing in vaudeville shows but not doing anything to call attention to herself. She is a woman of mystery.
Horace Stapelton is an FBI agent. He witnesses a murder in the guise of an illusion at a graveyard, and isn’t quite sure what to make of it. He decides to question everyone who was there that day, including Wren.
But Wren isn’t eager to answer Horace’s questions. She has a past filled with sordid family secrets, and she doesn’t want anyone to find out about it. And she isn’t just hiding those secrets from other people, she’s trying to hide from emotionally processing a childhood tragedy.
But in order to catch the killer from the murder in the graveyard, Wren reluctantly decides to team up with Horace. She wants to continue Houdini’s work, exposing the magician in the graveyard as a fraud. For all that tricks that Houdini performed, he never claimed to be doing magic. Instead, it was illusion designed to awe and enchant.
The Illusionist’s Apprentice blends romance with a historical mystery. As Horace and Wren get to know each other, Horace begins to uncover Wren’s past, and he realizes that he cares about her in more than just a working relationship. My one qualm with the romance aspect of the book is that we see a lot of character growth on Wren’s part, but not as much with Horace. He feels more like a plot device to really dive deep into Wren’s life.
The Illusionist’s Apprentice isn’t quite what I had expected (I had hoped for more focus on the actual craft of being an illusionist, as I find it fascinating, but most of the illusionists’ secrets in this book remain just that–secrets), but I enjoyed it for what it was. It was a good comfort read with an interesting plot and a happy ending.
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