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Eli’s asked to perform his magic act at a swanky charity gala, the Zombie Ball - a former zombie pub crawl which has grown into an annual high-class social event. What begins as a typical stage show for Eli turns deadly when two of the evening’s sponsors are found murdered under truly unusual circumstances. Compounding this drama is the presence of Eli’s ex-wife and her new husband, Homicide Detective Fred Hutton. Under pressure to solve the crime before the 800 guests depart, Eli and his detective nemesis go head-to-head to uncover the bizarre clues that will unravel this macabre mystery.

©2019 John Gaspard (P)2019 Spoken Realms

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  • Christina
  • 22-05-20

Magic & Comedy!

I absolutely love this series! It’s so much fun and it fixes mystery, magic and comedy into one. Eli Marks has a great sense of humor which moves the plot along nicely, and the relationships work his ex wife & her new husband really enrich the plot. This particular book is set back in time which was fun for me to see what Eli was like before his current life. All in all another enjoyable listen in this series!

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  • Beatrice
  • 11-11-19

5 stars

I love this series and have listened to each book. The mystery and characters are always entertaining. This one was too short and I missed some of the characters that I enjoy, but it still rates 5 stars.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 30-07-21

Well written and charming…

Most of the Eli Marks series are now included in the audible membership. It’s fast, fun and entertaining reading I recommend highly.

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  • JulieLu303
  • 03-06-21

An unexpected delight.

I was looking for a zombie horror type book and this unassuming name popped up. Not even close to what I was looking for, but a great read regardless. Now I need to find the other Eli novels!

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  • Phx17
  • 10-04-21

Cozy mystery with lounge magic and dad jokes

For a free listen, this passed the afternoon okay. There’s no sex, profanity, or graphic violence...just Murder She Wrote level mystery as divorcée, and second string magician Eli takes a last minute gig for a zombie ball and stumbles into murder. The narrator sounds like a grandpa with butterscotches in his pocket, telling you about his exciting experience that you, as the listener, won’t find exciting, but will at least find endearing. It was all a little too cozy for me. Even for free, there wasn’t enough humor, suspense, or clever dialogue to invest me in the other books.

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  • Penelope
  • 01-04-21

Unique, Quirky, Magic - love this series!

Highly recommended. I’ve read & enjoyed the audio versions both, the latter narrated by Jim Cunningham. John Gaspard is one of my new “go to” authors. I love his quirky tone & humor; the characters are well drawn; Eli/MC is likable, an underestimated sort; and the magic aspect is a plus. This series is great for decompressing and/or commuting to/from work.
No on scene violence, no sexual situations, no strong language. IMO, suitable for anyone.

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  • Chelsey
  • 26-01-21

zombie ball

it's a good read. it keeps you guessing with a little humor and wit too