Smoke And Mirrors

Author: Elly Griffiths
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544527984
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“Another great series.” — San Jose Mercury News “A dazzlingly tricky mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews “A tremendous skein of red herrings, sharp and thorough police work, [and] mysterious connections.” — Bookgasm It’s Christmastime in Brighton, and the city is abuzz about magician Max Mephisto’s star turn in Aladdin. But the holiday cheer is lost on DI Edgar Stephens. He’s investigating the murder of two children, Annie and Mark, who were found in the woods alongside a trail of candy—a horrifying scene eerily reminiscent of “Hansel and Gretel.” Edgar has plenty of leads. Annie, a dark child, wrote gruesome plays based on the Grimms’ fairy tales. Does the key to the case lie in her final script? Or does the macabre staging of the bodies point to the theater and the capricious cast of Aladdin? Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy world of the theater. But is this all just classic misdirection? “Excellent . . . Evoking both the St. Mary Mead of Agatha Christie and the theater world of Ngaio Marsh.” — Booklist

The Blood Card

Author: Elly Griffiths
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781784296704
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On the eve of the Queen's coronation, DI Stephens and Max Mephisto uncover an anarchist plot and a ticking bomb at the same time as solving the murder of a man close to them - from the author of the bestselling Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries. 'Mixes cosiness and sharpness in a way that recalls the best of Agatha Christie' Sunday Express (on Smoke and Mirrors) Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card. The wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are for Stephens and Mephisto to be summoned to the case. Edgar's ongoing investigation into the death of Brighton fortune-teller Madame Zabini is put on hold. Max is busy rehearsing for a spectacular Coronation Day variety show - and his television debut - so it's Edgar who is sent to New York, a land of plenty worlds away from still-rationed England. He's on the trail of a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key, but someone silences him first. It's Edgar's colleague, DS Emma Holmes, who finds the clue, buried in the files of the Zabini case, that leads them to an anarchist group intent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. Now it's up to Edgar, Max and Emma to foil the plot, and find out who it is who's been dealing the cards . . .

The Dictionary Of Magic Mystery

Author: Melusine Draco
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 184694807X
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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.

Sedona Vortex 2000

Author: Richard Dannelley
Publisher: Light Technology Publishing
ISBN: 0962945315
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Celebrate the Secrets of Sedona Richard Dannelley presents exciting new material about the vortices based on many years of personal observation and research. You'll discover how the Earth creates vortices, and you'll experience Sedona's healing energies. This book also incorporates material from Richard's other books: Sedona Power Spot, Vortex and Medicine Wheel Guide; Sedona: Beyond the Vortex; and Sedona UFO Connection.

The Sage Of Aquarius

Author: Patrick Valentine
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465333118
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The Sage of Aquarius This tale begins tomorrow. The over-populated and ravaged earth is gasping for breaths while corporations and criminals dominate the earths scant resources and its troubled humans. When a quirky prodigy builds a computer that communicates with the metaphysical realm he inadvertently sets a chain of corrective measures into motion. An improbable family of diverse renegades forms for a globe-wide race to escape a power-mad lunatic and their own dark pasts. Our survivors, guided by the planets, discover that love really does heal the past. Mother Nature, however, has her own agenda.

The 2012 Collection

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101578114
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Now in the years beyond 2012—discover the true meaning behind the hype that captivated the world. It should be no surprise to us now, but the pomp surrounding the coming of the year 2012 that grasped the human race’s attention in those preceding years was not at all about the end of the world. Instead, much to the contrary, Daniel Pinchbeck believes that the passing of the year 2012 marked the beginning of a global shift in consciousness—where the human race would begin to see the world and existence on this planet through a different lens, embracing fresh ideas about who we are and what it means to be human. Discover the true wisdom behind the 2012 phenomenon with these two captivating works by one of the leading minds in the movement—both in one place for the first time, and at one low price. 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl Cross James Merrill, H. P. Lovecraft, and Carlos Castaneda—each imbued with a twenty-first-century aptitude for quantum theory and existential psychology—and you get the voice of Daniel Pinchbeck. And yet, nothing quite prepares us for the lucidity, rationale, and informed audacity of this seeker, skeptic, and cartographer of hidden realms. Throughout the 1990s, Pinchbeck had been a member of New York's literary select. He wrote for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Harper's Bazaar. His first book, Breaking Open the Head, was heralded as the most significant on psychedelic experimentation since the work of Terence McKenna. But slowly something happened: Rather than writing from a journalistic remove, Pinchbeck—his literary powers at their peak—began to participate in the shamanic and metaphysical belief systems he was encountering. As his psyche and body opened to new experience, disparate threads and occurrences made sense like never before: Humanity, every sign pointed, is precariously balanced between greater self-potential and environmental disaster. The Mayan calendar's "end date" of 2012 seems to define our present age: It heralds the end of one way of existence and the return of another, in which the serpent god Quetzalcoatl reigns anew, bringing with him an unimaginably ancient—yet, to us, wholly new—way of living. A result not just of study but also of participation, 2012 tells the tale of a single man in whose trials we ultimately recognize our own hopes and anxieties about modern life. Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age An informed, challenging, and engaging collection of essays on the new choices in lifestyles and community as we begin the countdown toward the year 2012. This fresh and thought-provoking anthology draws together some of today’s most celebrated visionaries, thinkers, and pioneers in the field of evolving consciousness—exploring topics from shamanism to urban homesteading, the legacy of Carlos Castaneda to Mayan predictions for the year 2012, and new paths in direct political action and human sexuality. Toward 2012 highlights some of the most challenging, intelligent pieces published on the acclaimed website Reality Sandwich. It is coedited by Daniel Pinchbeck, the preeminent voice on 2012, and online pioneer Ken Jordan, and features original works from Stanislav Grof, John Major Jenkins, and Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky); interviews with Abbie Hoffman and artist Alex Grey; and a new introduction by Pinchbeck. Here are ideas that trace the arc of our evolution in consciousness, lifestyles, and communities as we draw closer to a moment in time that portends ways of living that are different from anything we have expected or experienced.

Smoke Mirrorz

Author: Cynthia Lucas
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530870578
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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?

The Fyre Mirror

Author: Ms. Karen Harper
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1429992271
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Smitten with spring fever, Elizabeth Tudor escapes London for fantastical Nonsuch Palace in the sweet Surrey countryside. There she hopes to relax and pose for the official royal portrait for which she is holding a competition. But one of her artists is burned to death, and portraits of the queen are going up in flames. When she hears that her rival, the dangerous Mary, Queen of Scots, has been peering in mirrors and announcing, "I see the next queen of England!" Elizabeth summons her Privy Plot Council. Has the arsonist been sent by foreign foes or is it someone in her own court? Or is the "running boy" apparition really a ghost out to avenge a terrible past tragedy caused by the Tudors? Time is running out, because the enemy who stalks the queen means to destroy not only her portraits and artists, but her very life.