Review: Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead


In 1930s London, celebrity psychiatrist Anselm Rees is discovered dead in his locked study, and there seems to be no way that a killer could have escaped unseen. There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, the Scotland Yard detective on the case calls on retired stage magician-turned-part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. For who better to make sense of the impossible than one who traffics in illusions?

Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colorful cast of suspects among the psychiatrist’s patients and household, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets—or motives for murder. When the investigation dovetails into that of an apparently-impossible theft, the detectives consider the possibility that the two transgressions are related. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realize that the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon. 

My opinion:

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead is a historical mystery. It’s the first book from the Joseph Spector series.

«I am truly amazed by this wonderful masterpiece.»

The storyline is set in the early 1930s. The author has expertly used the language of that era along with incredible descriptions that can easily transport us there. The plot is very engaging and the mystery is slowly built. The twists came one after the other which made the book a bit confusing at times for me. Plus, this definitely didn’t help in finding who the killer was.
There were some hints for each character that you might have thought could have been helpful, but to me, they weren’t. The fact that it keeps your attention, and has you keep guessing, shows how incredibly written is this book. The characters were very unique and a bit quirky. My favorite part was the explanation of what truly happened.

I am so glad I had the chance to read this story. I can’t wait to see what happens next with Joseph Spector. I will rate it with 5 stars.

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