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Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Dime Museum Murders
     

Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Dime Museum Murders

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by Daniel Stashower
 

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New York City in 1897 and young escapologist Harry Houdini is struggling to get the recognition he craves from the ruthless entertainment industry. When toy tycoon Branford Wintour is found murdered in his Fifth Avenue mansion, detectives call upon Houdini to help solve this mysterious crime. When Harry and his brother Dash reach the scene of the murder, they discover

Overview

New York City in 1897 and young escapologist Harry Houdini is struggling to get the recognition he craves from the ruthless entertainment industry. When toy tycoon Branford Wintour is found murdered in his Fifth Avenue mansion, detectives call upon Houdini to help solve this mysterious crime. When Harry and his brother Dash reach the scene of the murder, they discover that Wintour was killed seemingly by a magic trick...

The first in a series of Harry Houdini Mysteries.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A well plotted and intelligent yarn, structured like an old fashioned serial with its myriad cliffhangers and revelations." - Shadowlocked

"Enough intrigue, banter and action to keep you reading and due to some very thorough research, give you a realistic look at New York in this time period, an insight into Houdini’s home-life and early career." - Bad Haven

"Great mysteries." - 8 Days A Geek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857686190
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
Harry Houdini Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
574,846
File size:
535 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel Stashower is a novelist and magician. His works include: the Edgar Award-winning Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle, Elephants in the Distance, The Beautiful Cigar Girl, The Ghosts of Baker Street, and the Sherlock Holmes novel, The Seventh Bullet.

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Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Dime Museum Murders 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting this book to be as good as it was. I really enjoyed it and loved the characters. I want to read more about the Houdini/Hardeen brothers! I recommend this book, quick, fun to read.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is a fun exploration of the early Houdini and his long-suffering brother and wife. All the action revolves around a classic locked door murder scenario. It is clever and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beginning is slow, but it does pick up the pace.
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I enjoy a good murder mystery that doesn't have to have a lot of gore and forensic stuff. Just a good old fashioned mystery. That is what this is. The author was good at showing the personalities of the characters and there are certainly some humorous comments that made me chuckle. This kind of has an Agatha Christie feel to it. I wasn't "blown away" by it but certainly an enjoyable read. Those that love the heavy duty police / forensics procedurals may not enjoy this one. I plan to read more of this series.
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Did not know Harry Houdini had a brother who was also a magician, but ended being his manager instead. Great insight into the world of escape artists as well as magicians. A fun book to read.
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The author must have been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, because the writing style and feel of the book was similar, but with a modern flare. Houdini and Dash (the two main characters of the book) mirrors in personality and dynamics to Robert Downey and Jude Law's portrayals of Holmes and Watson, respectively. It was a fast and interesting read and I plan to read another one of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book,enough that I ordered and read the other two in the series.I like the way Stashower writes and have ordered another of his books.
KTPP More than 1 year ago
This book was a good light read. The Houdini/Holmes angle was fun. I would read another book in this series.
Drvalu More than 1 year ago
A good mystery with several plot twists and combined with the period correct language and nuances, enjoyable. Based on a young Houdini still performing in small time Dime Museum bits as a magician before he became the renown escapologist of his later life. Reads as though this was a true chapter from the Great Houdini's past with family members intertwined in the story.
wazdat More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book enough that I will read the next in the series. I found Houdini's brother to be quite the rascal and the story told from his point of view intriguing. Im not sure if I like Harry Houdini being portrayed as a bit of a single minded momma's boy. He is also naive and at times almost a caricature. I was however entertained and really enjoyed the period feel. As I said I was torn yet know I will read more by Mr. Stashower because he can tell one heck of a story.
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This book has an interesting premise for a murder mystery. Houdini's brother is bombarded by the press every year on the anniversary of his brother's death. Each time, he tries to think of an interesting anecdote to tell the reporter. On this occasion, he decides to tell about the time the police consulted the brothers about a mysterious murder and how they were able to eventually solve it. The characters are quirky, fun and interesting. The writing is perfect for the period in which it is set - some archaic terms to make it seem authentic but still understandable. I enjoyed it. Reminded me a little of sherlock holmes which is probably the intention since holmes is supposed to be Houdini's hero in this novel.
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Great! And amazingly written. The author was very lear with his purpose