- By:John Gaspard
- Narrated by:Jim Cunningham
- Series:An Eli Marks Mystery, Book 3
- Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
- Release date: 07-19-17
- Language: English
- Publisher:Albert’s Bridge Books
A casual glance out his apartment window turns Magician Eli Marks’ life upside down. After spotting a dead body in the projection booth of the movie theater next door, Eli is pulled into the hunt for the killer. As he attempts to puzzle out a solution to this classic locked room mystery, he must deal with a crisis of a more personal nature: the appearance of a rival magician who threatens not only Eli’s faith in himself as a performer, but his relationship with his girlfriend.
But the killer won’t wait and starts taking homicidal steps to bring Eli’s investigation to a quick and decisive end. Things get even worse when his magician rival offers his own plausible solution to the mystery. With all the oddball suspects gathered together, Eli must unveil the secrets to this movie-geek whodunit or find himself at the wrong end of the trick. (Amazon)
Narration: The narration was well-done for this audiobook. The character distinction was quite clear. There was a lot of distinction between the various male voices making it very easy to follow. The female voices were not as distinct but were still satisfactory and not confusing. Tonal range was good and there was good spacing. (4.5/5)
Production: Sound quality was good. The audio was clear and sound levels were consistent. I did not pick up on any blips or drops in the audio. (5/5)
Overall Experience: Overall this story translated to audio quite well. I enjoyed listening. The narration of the magic tricks was clear and added to the story. (5/5)
I chose this story knowing that it was the third book in a series. I was a little concerned that I might feel a bit lost as so much about the characters would have been built up before. I need not have worried. The story definitely works as a standalone. References are made to previous happenings but not excessively so and the reader/ listener does not require that previous knowledge.
Eli is a magician and magic-shopkeeper. His character is wonderfully and believably flawed but incredibly likeable. His insecurities are highlighted with the introduction of rival magician Quinton Moon. How Eli works through this situation is quite humourous and shows character growth.
The secondary characters of Uncle Harry, Eli’s girlfriend Megan, his ex-wife Deidre and her new husband Detective Hutton all combine for a fun sleuthing adventure. These characters are described in enough detail and carry just enough of their own action to make them valuable players in moving the story forward.
The mystery is well-plotted. The mysterious Mr. Lime provides the line-up of suspects and sends Eli out to ‘help’ the police with their investigation. Eli’s interviews with each suspect reveal interesting clues and possible motives. The author craftily uses misdirection to hide the identity of the culprit for quite some time.
The side story between Quinton Moon and Eli provides the reader with a good look at Eli’s characterization and the challenges he faces on a personal level. That part of the story is also very well-written and plotted.
Some things I liked:
- The magic tricks. Some of the magic tricks performed by Eli or Quinton Moon are described in great detail so that the reader can almost picture the trick unfolding. True to a magician’s code, though, the how of the trick is never revealed.
- Mr. Lime. He is the resident mobster, it would seem, and gets himself involved in the resolution of this mystery.
- The relationship between Megan and Eli is still in early-ish stages and complements the story nicely.
- The movie theatre’s double feature movie titles.
- The relationship between Eli, his ex-wife (the district attorney) and her husband (a homicide detective) is hilarious and provides ample opportunity for Eli to get involved.
Something I did not like:
- I feel like some pertinent information about a suspect’s motives was purposely withheld from the reader. During the ‘big reveal’ it comes out that Eli did some extra ‘research’ on one of suspects but the reader was not privy to that info before.
I really enjoyed this book and I’ve already bought the first book in this series to catch up.
The Miser’s Dream gets 4.5/5 espresso shots.
I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.