Magic for Liars

Hardcover, 336 pages

Published June 4, 2019 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
978-1-250-17461-1
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Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It's a great life and she doesn't wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.

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3 stars

The premise sounds great: non-magical private investigator hired to investigate a murder in a Hogwarts-ish school of magic. Ivy Gamble, PI, sister to the very talented magic teacher Tabitha Gamble, is brought in when the "official" investigation of the murder declares it to be a self-inflicted accident. The rest of the book follows Ivy's efforts to solve a magical murder in a magic high school without knowing the first thing about magic herself.

This sounds like it could be an intriguing book and indeed it could have been. It almost was, it's still fairly readable, but Ivy makes so many ridiculous and inexplicable decisions, and suddenly knows about magic at exactly the critical times despite supposedly knowing nothing about it the rest of the time, that I was half expecting her to be revealed to have been a suppressed magic prodigy all these years. But no, it just doesn't make …

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Subjects

  • Twin sisters--Fiction
  • Women detectives--Fiction
  • Women teachers--Fiction
  • Magic--Fiction
  • Private schools--Fiction
  • Murder--Investigation--Fiction

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