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Summary

Newly single magician Eli Marks reluctantly attends his high school reunion against his better judgment, only to become entangled in two deadly encounters with his former classmates. The first is the fatal mugging of an old crush's husband, followed by the suspicious deaths of the victim's business associates. 

At the same time, Eli also comes to the aid of a classmate-turned-movie-star who fears that attempting the Bullet Catch in an upcoming movie may be his last performance. As the bodies begin to pile up, Eli comes to the realization that juggling these murderous situations - while saving his own neck - may be the greatest trick he's ever performed.

©2018 John Gaspard (P)2018 Spoken Realms

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good listen

I must confess that I had this book because it was a freebie, and I thought.. nothing to lose give it a go.
never heard of either the author nor the narrator. they were both good.
I am pleased I did. it was extremely well read and I laughed out loud on quite a few occasions. it is nothing ground breaking a pleasant yarn about a magician who helps out an actor friend who thinks that someone is trying to murder him. Needless to say they were and they didn't.
I will give the other books in the series a go now.

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enjoyed this more than the first book

what a fabulous tale, I adore the growth & change in the characters. some belly laughs & beautifully written sad scenes. looking forward to the next Eli installment

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excellent as usual

Discovered this series by accident and love it. Great story, engaging characters, brilliant performance by the narrator.

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Magical

Not the normal thing I listen too but really enjoyed it.
Fast paced so you don’t get bored.
Very clever story line.
Narrated well .

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A thriller with a twist

I liked the backdrop of magic, an unusual setting for the murder scene.

Good characters and kept me guessing until the end.

Really liked the narrator voice with the story, suited it well.

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The Bullet Catch

Really enjoyable story with likeable characters and the narrator brought them all to life. Great listen and would definitely recommend.

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Good Series

Im loving the characters in this cosy free series. The magic mystery element is different.

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Great fun

Loved the cast of characters. Brilliant narrator with great timing. Chuckled aloud at several points. I got the first two in the plus catalogue and will use a credit for the next

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 03-07-18

weaves famous magic tricks and illusions

The book begins with an old friend showing up and inviting Eli to attend their high school reunion. He also spills the beans about his latest acting bit, a movie about a magician who dies in the execution of an illusion. Eli agrees to give him a hand.

Meanwhile, at the reunion, Eli runs into his crush from 20 years ago, and things quickly escalate and deteriorate (in that wonderful way that all murder mysteries deteriorate) from there.

John Gaspard is fast becoming one of my new favorite authors. The pacing of this story felt a little slower than the first book, but it didn’t drag. I love the way he weaves famous magic tricks and illusions, well known music and comedy acts, and allusions to classic movies into his plot and dialogue. It makes for such a great background, and many common bonds between the reader and characters. I really want to hang out with Uncle Harry and the “Artful Codgers” and listen to them talk smack and reminisce over a beer or two. Granted, the younger generation won’t recognize many of the references, I know there are quite a few going over my head, and I’m far more immersed in the entertainment of 50 years ago than most people my age. Nevertheless, it’s written in such a way that ignorance shouldn’t detract from the reading experience in any way, though there are some definite clues you’ll miss if you’re not up on your trivia.

Coincidentally I happened to have watched one of the movies mentioned less than a week before I listened to this book, so I had a hint fresh in the mind, though it didn’t give much away.

I’ve come to love Eli Marks (in a strictly platonic way), he’s clever and thoughtful without being particularly brilliant. He’s funny and sarcastic, and just so real. Combined with the first person POV that the book is written in, it’s like he’s just telling you a story. Maybe sitting on the couch with you. I’m pretty fond of all the characters, Frannie, Megan, and of course, Harry. Even Marks’ Ex-wife Deidre is is a great character.

Quality wise, I have to give it the full 5 stars, everything is clear, no EQ or mic distance issues, and the music is great, and not too long.

As for Jim Cunningham, he is one of my new favorite Narrators. He nails the tone of this book, and delivers all the characters flawlessly. He captures Harry’s gruff, crotchety old voice, and Eli’s younger, clever yet lacking a little self-confidence, personality. He also delivers on the female characters, softer, but not in anyway the “man pretending to be a girl” tone that some guys adopt.

I can hardly wait for the next book. Three cheers for John Gaspard!

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  • sherri
  • 09-03-22

Fun escape

I'm hooked on John Gaspard's comedy-mysteries, especially as a welcome escape from world events. Eli Marks and his Uncle Harry make a fine team, with Harry providing occasional bits of wisdom about magic and Eli being the protagonist who, after the occasional stupid move, figures everything out. Eli's social ineptitude, more like that of a teenager than a divorced man of thirty-something, is occasionally irritating; but all faults are forgivable in these books. Characters and plot are engaging, as is the use and knowledge of stage magic. I do find irritating the way narrator Jim Cunningham uses a hoarse or rough voice to designate older characters. Uncle Harry sounds more like he's in his 90s than 70s unless he's supposed to have been a lifetime smoker but the narration is a good match for Eli.

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  • E. Alakai
  • 30-09-21

Wonderfully Witty

I love these books, and the narrator is perfect.
I listen when I walk, and my walks are often longer, because I know I'll have to put it away when I get back home. The only drawback is feeling awfully foolish when I burst out laughing, and see people looking at me askance

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  • Debbie
  • 30-08-21

Movies, Magic and Murder

Eli and his friend Jake attend their fifteenth high school reunion in a high rise building with glass elevators, and Eli is forced to combat his worsening fear of heights, and the horrible instinct to jump. At the reunion they meet the lovely Trish Henry, the girl that everyone had a crush on in high school . . . and she is married to Dylan Lasalle, notorious bad boy. As they leave the reunion, Dylan is drunk and acting out, and the next day they learn that his body is found, shot to death while out on a run. This is the second in the Eli Marks Mysteries, and I'm loving these quirky tales that have plenty of magic, murder and stories about the store that Eli and his Uncle Harry own in Minneapolis. Eli and his girlfriend, Megan are taking a "break", which has Eli totally confused. 😂 Jake, his friend is doing a movie remake of The Bullet Catch, which is the main story, but the side stories are just as much fun. Uncle Harry and the Artful Codgers, Franny the old phone psychic and all the others make the book wonderful. There are always twists and turns that you could never anticipate. And although there is sex behind the scenes, its never overly descriptive, and doesn't take over the story, which I very much appreciate. Great installment in the series. I'm on to book three.

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  • PurelyMe
  • 26-06-21

Entertaining, but...

I hope the main character doesn't continue to be this idiotic at the end of every book. He practically goes and tells the murderer that he knows what happened -- in each book, so far -- but I'll read one more (they're enjoyable, after all) and see if he learns his lesson. I tried to phrase that in such a way that doesn't give away anything. Honestly, though, I may continue to listen to them even if he does keep up the trend! For the most part it's intelligently written, reasonably lighthearted, and fun.

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  • Donald P. Hayes
  • 21-02-22

Excellent in All Respects

The author skillfully intertwines magic, murder mystery, and character development into a story which intrigues and entertains. The plot contains interrelated twists which sometimes surprise or provide humor. Jim Cunningham is highly talented and the perfect choice to speak for Eli Marks.

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  • Marion
  • 21-08-21

Really liked this story.

Great little mystery. I like the way the author thinks.
I’m guessing it would be especially good for magicians!

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  • KAH
  • 07-08-21

Magic and Mayhem

This is the first I have experienced in this author’s series , and it was delightful enough to leave me wanting more. Though the plot took a while to develop, once launched , there were a number of engaging plot lines and memorable characters.. writing style a little uneven but I really enjoyed the ‘card tricks’ and the way that magical maxims contributed to the process of discovery and the solution. Definitely a gift among the Plus offerings!

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  • shopper
  • 19-02-21

Entertaining humorous mystery

Loved the story, characters and narration. It was difficult to understand how Eli missed the insurance, but everything else flowed as smooth as old silk. Take a chance - you'll probably smile.

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  • Lonnie
  • 08-09-20

Worth a listen

I don’t think it was quite as gripping as the first, but for fans of magic and mystery it was still fun.