'Recalls the very best of Agatha Christie' Sunday Express Brighton, 1951. Pantomime season takes a dark turn when two missing children are found dead under the snow, surrounded by sweets - a macabre, real-life Hansel and Gretel. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The missing girl, Annie, used to write plays and perform them with her friends. Does the clue lie in Annie's unfinished - and rather disturbing - last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric actor types who have assembled for the pantomime? Once again Edgar enlists magician and ex-wartime comrade Max Mephisto's help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But is this all just classic misdirection?
Every good reference book is both a product and a reflection of its time. The Dictionary of Magic & Mystery is not just another compendium or dictionary of occultism: it is a jumping-off point for further research. Here, the reader will find the ancient and modern interpretation for magical and mystical terms, together with explanations for the differences between the varied (and often conflicting) approaches to magic.
My name is Jon Wayward and I was one of the most unremarkable guys you probably never met. But then I was hired to find a mysterious pack of tarot cards and that changed my life forever. Now I have inherited my grandfather’s occult collectors shop, his friends, customers and ancestor’s Book of Shadows called the Wayward Grimoire making me the newest member of the world’s secret magical community hidden in plain sight. People now tell me I am remarkable, even famous as the heir to the Wayward Grimoire. But the only thing I seem to be remarkable at is running from reptilian hit men, running to a man that looks like mole, and holding onto a rare and extremely important pack of tarot cards that have the power to control whom ever you want them to whenever you want them to. They say you have to play the cards you’re dealt. I say it’s not the cards you have, it’s how you play them. But what do I know?
NOMINEE: BEST PARANORMAL, 2014 RONE AWARDS FIVE STAR, CROWNED HEART REVIEW: "Cynthia Lucas finds an incredibly unique twist that will delight paranormal fans! With a magician's touch, the author conjures up a magical story that comes to life with mystery and seduction! This is an exceptional and rare look at jinn set in an utterly enchanting story." ~ Margaret Faria - InD'Tale Magazine FIVE STAR REVIEW: "Cynthia always delivers....you get sucked into another world when you read one of her stories. WARNING: Be ready to have some tissues handy. This book will bring on all of your emotions. There was lots of twist and turns...I loved every minute of it." ~ Jeannette Medina - Author/Founder I Heart Books Reviews FOUR STARS: "This story was fantastic and took me for a ride....it was full of suspense and action, love, hate horror.....I could not put this book down." ~ Michelle Lewis - Book Talk Reviews A woman on the run....in fear for her life A down on his luck genie with an attitude working as a carnival magician. With limited powers and his own existence in serious danger, can he find the love in his heart and the power in his soul to save her? Scheharazade 'Scheri' Bloom is on the run after marrying the man of her dreams...a wealthy lawyer who turns out to be more like a monster from her nightmares. After enduring the first of many of his psychotic rages and physical abuse, she soon suspects he may have murdered his last girlfriend and finds herself living in fear for her own life and forced to be a prisoner in her own home, because no matter how many times she tries to escape, he has the money, power and connections to have her tracked down and brought back. After finally finding a way to escape, she takes to the road and with the little bit of money she'd saved up running out fast, she soon finds herself drawn to a small-town carnival, where she hopes to make a few untraceable dollars working a ride or concession stand. Instead she meets the enigmatic and egotistical magician known as 'Z'. Amazed by Z's skills in illusions, like the audiences who come to see him day in and day out, she soon finds herself in danger again...not so much from her abusive husband as from everything she doesn't want to feel from the moment she lays eyes on the handsome entertainer who looks like an Arabian Knight come to life and seems to sense every secret she can't tell him about herself. What Scheri doesn't know is that that Azizi ab'd al Jadu, the man known as 'Z' is harboring a few secrets himself. Magic is real, and not all illusions are 'smoke and mirrors'. Z is no mortal man, but a half-breed Ifrit Jinn....a down on his luck genie, living as a carny here in the world of man. Born out of the forbidden love of a Jinn and a disobedient Angel, he is on the run from his own kind for refusing to abide the laws of both Jinn and Allah's Watchers. And after breaking their First Law and taking human form of his own free will to come through the large gold mirror that is his portal into the world of humans....he finds his once vast powers limited by the mortal realm and all the wondrous and distracting sensations of a human body. Z has little interest in being anyone's savior...but when Scheri's husband finally tracks her down with the help of one of Z's most dangerous enemies, Z soon finds that it's going to take more than magic to protect the woman who has stolen the heart he didn't know he had. Can he somehow regain the power he needs to save her before it's too late?
A USA Today Bestseller! "[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel..."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review "This is a book in which storylines twist, spiral and come together again in an ending as explosive as a poof of smoke from your chimney...or a top hat." — Oprah.com Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder - and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence. The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear. But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free... and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors. "Smart, intricately plotted...a richly imagined thriller." —PEOPLE magazine "This debut novel is historical fiction that blends magic, mystery, and romance."—Boston Globe, Pick of the Week "It's a captivating yarn.... Macallister, like the Amazing Arden, mesmerizes her audience. No sleight of hand is necessary. An ambitious heroine and a captivating tale are all the magic she needs."—Washington Post