Now You See It

Now You See It
Author: Jane Tesh
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Genre: Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-4642-0196-7
Pages: 250
Price: $24.95

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Private investigator David Randall has just taken on a case to find a missing bracelet when magician, Lucas Finch, calls. His Houdini box has disappeared. But during his visit to the Magic Club, Randall discover Finch’s brother, Taft, stuffed inside a box, dead. Everyone claims that Taft was a great guy and had no enemies, but apparently someone thought otherwise.

As Randall investigates the missing box, he also delves into Taft’s past, searching for clues. What was Rahnee’s real relationship with Taft? Was Wizboy’s ambition to run the club enough to commit murder? And how did Jilly feel about Taft’s disregard for herself and her talents?

This third book in the Grace Street Mystery series is an enjoyable whodunit with a whole lot more. Randall interacts with some unusual and interesting people, and these secondary characters, as well as Randall himself, are more fully developed than one might expect, adding depth and charm to this cozy. Even the suspects themselves feel like real people, and one almost hates to find out who was willing to commit murder after developing a liking for them all. I highly recommend Now You See It and the Grace Street Mystery series.

Reviewer: Alice Berger