The Harry Houdini Mysteries: The Houdini Specter

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The Great Harry Houdini is still struggling to make a name for himself in turn-of-the-century New York. 

He sees an opportunity for glory in exposing the tricks of the medium Lucius Craig - if only he can work out how the medium managed to conjure a "spirit" while tied to a chair by Houdini himself or how the apparition was able to stab an audience member to death and then disappear!

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Overview

The Great Harry Houdini is still struggling to make a name for himself in turn-of-the-century New York. 

He sees an opportunity for glory in exposing the tricks of the medium Lucius Craig - if only he can work out how the medium managed to conjure a "spirit" while tied to a chair by Houdini himself or how the apparition was able to stab an audience member to death and then disappear!

The third thrilling adventure for the legendary magician from award-winning author Daniel Stashower!

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Stashower's work as a magician pays big dividends in his third devilishly clever period whodunit featuring the legendary escape artist as Sherlock Holmes stand-in, after 2012's The Floating Lady Murder. Houdini is not yet the international sensation he would eventually become; for now, he and his brother, who goes by the name of Dash Hardeen, must hustle to make ends meet. Houdini becomes fascinated with a reputed medium, Lucius Craig, after learning of his ostensibly supernatural abilities from a friendly journalist. Curious, the brothers wangle their way into a Manhattan séance, where things take a violent turn. With the participants linked by each other's hands, and Craig tied to a chair, somehow a luminous "spirit" appears and stabs one of the attendees to death. The impossible crime setup is enhanced by humor, as Houdini often falls a bit short of the Baker Street sleuth he so desperately tries to emulate. The resolution isn't as clever as in certain other magician-detective novels, such as those featuring the Great Merlini, but engaging characters and a fun story line make further exploits welcome.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857682932
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Series: Harry Houdini Mystery Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 950,167
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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 Ectoplasmic Man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    good book

    I read the first in the series and immediately bought the next two. Loved the characters and the mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    read for fun

    just like the other Houdini mysteries,well written and fun to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    The Stashower Houdini series of books are pretty good reads.

    I enjoyed the series so far, although I must admit that by the third book, the Harry Houdini character was wearing thin for me. Still, it was enjoyable to read.

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