Artemus, who still performs conjuring tricks for his constituents, has his heart set on turning the shabbily elegant Baldwin Theater into a museum of magic. All he has to do is convince wealthy widow Claudette Goodwin to donate the Baldwin to his beloved town.
But the theater is located on Sabbath Street, where that first disastrous fire had occurred. Then there is a second fire on Sabbath Street. And a third.
Certain that Claudette will never invest money in such an incendiary location, Artemus orders Maggie to follow the trail of char. First to Fire Marshal George Copeland. Then to The Boys of Sabbath Street, who had so valiantly saved occupants from two fires.
And finally to…?
Add to the mix Mayor Ackerman’s romantic attraction to the Claudette Goodwin, Maggie’s determination not to be attracted to Fire Marshal Copeland, and the idiosyncratic residents of Calendar. The result is a happy romp through the world of fire investigation and an introduction to people you will wish lived across the street, instead of only in the pages of this enchanting book.
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A witty and thought-provoking look at what happens when crime comes to a small, close-knit community...This is a story about crimes and their investigation. It is also a story about family, about love, about hope, oh, and about magic too. Margot Kinberg, Author of the Joel Williams Mysteries
If you are interested in magicand who isn't?you will love this delightful story. If you are charmed by people falling in love you will love this story. And if you like a good mystery you will love this story. Albert Ashforth Author of The Rendition
Shelly Reuben's comforting writing makes the magic of Calendar and its inhabitants come alive, before igniting a drama of proportions the town has never seen. Reuben gracefully introduces heavy themes alongside blooming love...The Boys of Sabbath Street will remind readers that new beginnings, and second chances, are possible after all. Shira Schindel, Entrepreneur and Rights manager, Qlovi
Shelly Reuben crafts a tale around her professional expertise as a Fire and Arson Investigator which is both dramatic and empathetic, topped with a little romance...Reuben is staking out a sub-genre that no one else can touch without getting severely burnt. Jules Brenner, Critical Mystery Tour
You will be smiling within the first few paragraphs and won't be able to stop until the last page. Merriment and an intriguing adventure awaits within the pages of this mesmerizing story. Quirky characters, bubbly dialogue, and a titillating saga will hold you captive for a pleasurable read. Mason Canyon, Thoughts in Progress
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Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite In The Boys of Sabbath Street, Shelly Reuben has created a mystery that is cozy in every sense of the word. Following a series of scandals, the little town of Calendar has come to adopt a rather unusual form of local government, in the person of its mayor, the magician Artemus Ackerman. When a series of fires on the controversial Sabbath Street threatens to derail a cherished mayoral initiative, Artemus asks his assistant Maggie Wakeling to investigate the cause of the fires. In the line of duty, she encounters an interesting cast of townsfolk and even has to navigate her way through a sprinkling of romance. These include an adventurous heiress, a pair of enthusiastic boy heroes, and a fireman with a rather unusual hobby. If you can appreciate the charm of eccentric little towns and the assorted cast of intriguing characters that populate them, you will certainly enjoy the verbal exploration of the town of Calendar, as well as the random snippets about its residents that slip in all to frequently as the plot meanders along. In another kind of book, they might have been distracting, but Calendar is exactly the type of town where you want to be distracted by fascinating little tid-bits, as the town is as much a character as its slightly unconventional mayor and his assistant. And don't forget the art of magic, trickery, and delusion that forms the linchpin of the plot. In The Boys of Sabbath Street, author Shelly Reuben has created the type of town you might want to Google once you're done reading. What a pity there is no Facebook page for this unusual mayor to like or friend.
The Boys of Sabbath Street was a joy to read. From page to page the fire investigating kept my attention with a twist of magic. The small town newspapers, candy store, and adorable characters bring me back to my youth. A conclusion that will surprise any mystery reader. Looking forward to the next book from Shelly Reuben..
Once again, author Shelly Reuben has woven her storytelling magic in the pages of her new novel The Boys of Sabbath Street. Reuben is one of those (seemingly rare) authors who doesn't use blood, gore, and sex to captivate her audience--a welcomed attribute, especially when looking for novels to tempt young readers. Running the gamut from colorful to tragic, Reuben's characters remain true to life and prove that even the saddest of situations can have a silver lining--if you just take the time to explore all options. I would definitely recommend The Boys of Sabbath Street--specially to those in need of a bit of magic.
The Boys of Sabbath Street is an outstanding tour de force—a fascinating three-hour read—fast-moving, funny, full of surprises, with a most satisfactory conclusion. The boys are two young heroes who notice smoke coming from an apartment building and rush in and save four inhabitants, winning both local and national acclaim. Fire Marshal George Copeland conducts a meticulous investigation of that fire and two others. Author Shelly Reuben builds a small city with buildings, parks, schools, streets, history, interesting inhabitants—a mayor who is a performing magician and a fire chief who knits. It all makes sense. A licensed detective and fire investigator, she knows what she’s talking about and knows how to write an enjoyable mystery.
Those times when you need an escape to a place of quirkiness and delight, look no further than the town of Calendar and THE BOYS OF SABBATH STREET by Shelly Reuben. Magician Artemus Ackerman returns to this hometown of Calendar to settle some family matters and ends up mayor. He soon calls on his former magical assistant Margaret ‘Maggie’ Wakeling to become his publicist and right-hand-man (woman). Those times when you need an escape to a place of quirkiness and delight, look no further than the town of Calendar and THE BOYS OF SABBATH STREET by Shelly Reuben. Magician Artemus Ackerman returns to this hometown of Calendar to settle some family matters and ends up mayor. He soon calls on his former magical assistant Margaret ‘Maggie’ Wakeling to become his publicist and right-hand-man (woman). Meanwhile, Artemus is afraid the wealthy widow Claudette Goodwin won’t donate the Baldwin to the town allowing his museum to become a reality. Adding to his problems is his growing attraction to the wealthy widow. As the story unfolds, readers are taken on a cheerful frolic through a town of eccentric residents and zany antics. It’s a well-developed story of mystery, romance and humor told through the character of jovial and energetic Maggie. Author Shelly Reuben has created likable and unconventional characters that will hold you spellbound. The authentic elements of the story adds depth to the charming fictional town of Calendar and its enchanting residents. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Shelly Reuben once triumphs in her lovely new novel, The Boys of Sabbath Street. This book, filled with magic, love, youth, and fire, has a little bit of everything, making for a quick read you wished would last longer. Want to laugh? You’ll crack up at Maggie Wakeling’s humor and sass. Want to swoon? Read all about the expectations and reality of the fire department (which starts with gorg-and ends with-eous … specifically for Fire Marshal George Copeland, who has caught Maggie’s eye.) Want to pump your fist in excitement? Let yourself be taken on the adventure of brave teenagers who quickly become the heroes of the town of Calendar. Ready to get into a new book? Let the magic of Shelly Reuben’s writing endear and enchant you. Buy The Boys of Sabbath Street. Now!