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The Magician Murders

The Art of Murder, Book III
Narrated by: Kale Williams
Series: Art of Murder, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

Nothing up his sleeves. Nothing but murder...

Jason West, hot-shot special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team, is at the Wyoming home of Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy, who is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident, when he’s asked to consult on the theft of a priceless collection of vintage magic posters. But before Jason can say “presto change-o”, the owner of the art collection turns up murdered in a national forest.

When the dead man is revealed to be the Kubla Khanjurer, a much-hated, part-time magician accused of revealing the highly guarded secrets of professional illusionists, it seems clear this is a simple revenge killing - until Jason realizes an earlier suspicious death at the trendy, magic club Top Hat White Rabbit might be part of the same larger and more sinister pattern.

©2018 Josh Lanyon (P)2018 Josh Lanyon

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  • B
  • 28-06-18

things are heating up!

I really thought this was the last book in the series - I don't know why! but apparently it's not😂 . whew, what an ending.

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  • Carol Mello
  • 06-09-18

Very enjoyable mystery/suspense and gay romance (Jason and Sam)

I enjoyed Josh Lanyon's Holmes and Moriarity novels. This is my first listening or reading of one of The Art of Murder series books. There are four mystery cases confronting Jason West (and to a lesser extent Sam Kennedy).

1. Who attacked Jason West in the parking lot of the Chinese restaurant?
2. Who killed the unlikable magician who was divorcing his wife?
3. Who stole the same magician's collection of valuable magic memorabilia? The magician himself or his wife or someone else?
4. Was the death of the other magician, Santos, a suicide or murder, i.e. Is there someone killing magicians in Cheyenne?

I enjoyed listening to this tremendously and will probably re-listen to it again in the future which is why I have given it 5 stars.

Update: I have just listened to this a second time. It was even better the second time than the first. I noticed several things I had missed the first time around. There are some humorous things I missed the first time. This book is intense so the humor is welcome. The three poodles (which must be the very smallest breed of poodles because Ruby can pick up and hold all three at once) behaved annoyingly but humorously. Take note of the description of Ruby's tablecloth. There are other humorous elements, if you listen carefully. Right now I am trying to keep in mind two non-humorous things I missed first time I listened.

1. During the fire, while Jason is frantically searching for Kennedy, he keeps repeating to himself, "Where are you?", which foreshadows the ominous ending.

2. I had overlooked that the envelope was not postmarked which meant it had been hand delivered in person by the stalker. This makes it even creepier. How did I miss that first time? I must be getting senile 😋. It also means I am awaiting the next book in the series with a certain amount of trepidation, since I can think of nothing but even more terrifying things that might happen to Jason (or Kennedy).

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  • dbbks3
  • 15-07-19

I Love Sam and Jason

Josh Lanyon is an excellent story teller and writer. I love this series. As soon as I finished this book, I wanted more.

Kale Williams made the guys a nd their story love and breath. I was involved in their lives from the first paragraphs on.

I want the next installment of their story now.

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  • Texan2
  • 29-05-19

Excellent

This is an exceptional mystery, narrated by an exceptional talent. Hopefully this isn't the last.

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  • Pat C
  • 06-03-19

Just Great!!! Everything!

I always enjoy the story lines, the performance; this series and the Adrien English are my favorite. Smartly written, smartly read.

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 25-01-19

Another great mystery from Lanyon.

Action, suspense, mystery, romance, character development. All of my favorites in one well constructed package. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Ingela
  • 29-12-18

Good enough but not a favorite in this series ... just 3 stars

Truly loved the two first in this The Art of Murder series. The plot and crime storyline in this third part wasn’t in my opinion thrilling enough. It wasn’t filled with breathtaking surprises or clever twists to get me in a good crime reading mood. Maybe it just didn’t feel like a full-length novel. I kind of waited for it to start... Hhmm.. — Wasn't I attentive enough? Did I dream away time and missed listening properly? It felt like I missed that usual energy, magic and excitement in a Lanyon book to a great extent. Still, as in every Lanyon, is it always nice to follow her/his main characters in each series, here two FBI agents, and their personal life in everynew book part.

... and I felt a small (tiny maybe and could be forgiven) but anyway it was a “cliff ending” there.

Perhaps not over-enthusiastic about Williams as a narrator but it was still a quite okay audiobook.

Summary: A good but not great Josh Lanyon crime/mystery MM.

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  • Karen - New York
  • 08-08-18

Loved it😃

Hope Sam and Jason get their happily ever after😀 Lokking to next book and hopefully the final one.

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  • VirgoMage
  • 29-07-18

Mr Mystery

Josh Lanyon is the gay Agatha Christie with steamy couples and just as good mystery. Kale Williams has made Jason and Sam really come alive. I am so thankful that he has narrated all of the books so far, nothing is hard than when you get a different narrator. I am pumped for the next book.

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  • Ric
  • 27-07-18

Thrilling Imaginative Smart

The new mystery is great. Development of the characters relationship kept me listening. next ready