The Magician's Daughter: A Valentine Hill Mystery

Judith Janeway (Author)
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Description

Reality is illusion. Illusion is reality, and nothing is what it seems.

This is how Magician Valentine Hill always begins her act. Valentine herself is a case in point: she is unquestionably real, but she has no legal existence. Her mother, a skilled con artist, has never revealed Valentine's real age, birth place, or her father's identity--except to say that he was a magician.

No grifter herself, the scrupulous Valentine has spent years searching for her evasive mother, desperate to learn the basic facts of who she is. Literally, to get a life. Robbed of her stake in Vegas, she chases it to San Francisco where a series of odd events reunites her with her mother who, Valentine is sure, despite her respectable fa ade, is playing one of the city's super rich. And Valentine quickly enters a world where truly nothing is what it seems. A socialite is a ruthless criminal, a car mechanic a psycho killer, and a cab driver a seductive gangster. After a friendly FBI agent is killed, Valentine forces herself into playing a grifter's role to put the criminals--and her mother--away. Or at the very least, get what she wants from mom. Will her skills as a magician prove enough to help her maintain the illusion?

Product Details

Price
$24.95
Publisher
Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
February 10, 2015
Pages
227
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.1 X 8.9 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781464203381

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About the Author

Judith Janeway believes that she was born with a Ticonderoga no. 2 pencil in one hand and a canary yellow lined pad in the other because she can't remember a time when she wasn't writing stories. Her current story, The Magician's Daughter, is the first in a series of three mysteries. Judith lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes in the interstices of a life that encompasses working, traveling, having fun with family and friends, and playing far too much sudoku.

Reviews

In the opening chapter of this solid introduction to a new mystery series from Janeway (An Accidental Marriage), 24-year-old magician Valentine Hill is just finishing up a show outside San Francisco's Golden Pirate Casino when a man in the crowd steals her donation hat. Meanwhile, another audience member approaches Valentine with information about her con-artist mother, Elizabeth Hill (aka Beth Hull), whom she hasn't seen in nine years. After calling it a night and returning to her apartment, Valentine finds that it's been ransacked and her life savings stolen, apparently by a spurned suitor. The second chapter is equally crammed with unlikely events: Valentine locates her mother's apartment, gets beat up, evades a scam by someone posing as an FBI agent, and more. Some readers may grow weary of the countless plot twists, but others will keep turning the pages to find out what happens next to this determined heroine.--Publishers Weekly