Mystic Deception

Mystic Deception

by Sally J. Smith, Jean Steffens

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From USA Today bestselling authors Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens comes murder, magic, and laughter on the bayou...

There’s magic in the air at The Mansion at Mystic Isle where Melanie Hamilton works—magic everywhere. The Federation of Magicians has contracted to hold their annual show at the resort on the bayou, and Melanie's excited to join in the fun—nothing like a little hocus pocus to liven things up, right? The winner’s own show and a huge cash prize guarantees stiff competition. And speaking of stiffs, when the contest frontrunner turns up dead, Mel, Jack Stockton, and the staff at the resort rally to chase down the culprit. Is one magician so desperate for fame and fortune they’d kill for it, or is there another reason to work some black magic? Mel conjures up several suspects, but the adept sleight of hand conceals the identity of the murderer. Will an abracadabra and the wave of a magic wand catch the killer, or will it be Mel who disappears?

Mystic Isle Mysteries:
Mystic Mayhem (book #1)
Mystic Mojo (shorts story in the Killer Beach Reads collection)
Mystic Mistletoe Murder (book #2)
Mystic Mischief (book #3)
Mystic Deception (book #4)

"Writing team Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, a top all-time favorite, have penned a well-written and exciting series with a Southern flair, combining cheeky characters, humorous foibles, and of course, a clever cozy murder mystery."
—Kings River Life Magazine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156006847
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Mystic Isle Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 46,905
File size: 737 KB

About the Author

Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, are partners in crime—crime writing, that is. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona, awesome for eight months out of the year, an inferno the other four. They write bloody murder, flirty romance, and wicked humor all in one package. When their heads aren't together over a manuscript, you'll probably find them at a movie or play, a hockey game or the mall, or at one of the hundreds of places to find a great meal in the Valley of the Sun.

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Mystic Deception 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 13 days ago
It's been a favorite of mine since I read the first 3 in a box set a year ago. I mean it's sexy mystery, magic and humor at it's best! The only complaint I have is it's too too short and I've waited a long time. To me anyway ; ) I also adore the Aloha Lagoon Series. If you haven't read any of them, you should check em out. I can NOT wait for the next of their series bcuz these ladies rock my world with their writing style. Happy Reading Rhop19
Ginaprn 25 days ago
Received this book free for a review. Enjoyed the whole series but felt this one was better read after reading the others first. Characters were more developed in the other books. Disappointed that Mel’s best friends wedding was not covered in this book. Expected it to be the center of the mystery this time around. Good cozy mystery though. Enjoyed the magic show!
Bernadette_Cinkoske 3 months ago
Mystic Deception is another great mystery set at The Mansion at Mystic Isle. Mel and friends are on hand to help discover the killer. The entire cast of characters is an absolute delight. There are many suspects and several possible motives. I ws very entertained as I rushed to finish the book!
Rockport_rocker 3 months ago
I always enjoy my visits to Mystic Isle, and my journey through Mystic Deception, the fourth book in the Mystic Isle Mysteries series by Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffans was a fantastic experience. The wonderful characters, the fun flavor of the resort, and the intrigue that is sure to make an appearance combine to create a great read. What could possibly be a better place for the practitioners of the illusion of magic to gather than an island resort that caters to those who love that illusion? The Federation of Magicians must agree because they have chosen Mystic Isle as the place to hold their annual competition. The draw that the success of this endeavor would create is as important to the future of the resort as is winning is to the magicians involved. Alas, the recent curse that seems to have dropped over the resort continues as one of the competitors meets and untimely death in a most appropriate manner. A fascinating range of wonderful characters populate the resort and keep pulling me back into its magic. The mystery plot is complex enough that it took me some time to become suspicious of the person eventually revealed as the murderer. As a fan of the series, I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the fourth book in the series that I have enjoyed from the beginning.
K_Huskic 3 months ago
There's a magic show at The Mansion at Mystic Isle, with magicians competing to win cash and be made famous. But when one magician is found dead and another is implicated in the crime, Mel puts her amateur sleuthing skills to the test, to find out what really happened. This book was a fun one to read. There's a lot of characters, all a bit quirky, and the story really keeps you guessing as to who the culprit is.
charleneC 3 months ago
I loved this book! very interesting story and complex interesting characters!I received an ARC from the publisher for purposes of an unbiased review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is another well written murder mystery set in The Mansion At Mystic Isle. Mel and all her friends are once again involved in solving the mystery.