Death and the conjuror

Tom Mead

Book - 2022

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 th...e 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.

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Series
Mead, Tom. Joseph Spector locked-room mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
New York : The Mysterious Press [2022]
Edition
First Mysterious Press edition
Language
English
Physical Description
256 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781613163184
1613163185
Main Author
Tom Mead (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

DEBUT When Dr. Anselm Rees moved from Vienna to London, the semiretired psychiatrist took only three new clients. But, after a secretive visit from a guest one night in 1936, Rees's housekeeper and one of those patients, an actress, opened his locked office and found his murdered body. Inspector George Flint is baffled by the locked-room puzzle, so he seeks help from Joseph Spector, a music hall magician. Spector, a student of deception and contemporary mysteries, points out there were three impossible crimes that week; Rees's murder, the disappearance of a valuable painting, and a second death while the police were on the scene. As in any classic mystery, Spector calls together the suspects to reveal the killer. VERDICT This debut, a tribute to John Dickson Carr and other Golden Age masters of the locked-room mystery, will appeal to nostalgia buffs and fans of the classics.—Lesa Holstine Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in London, Mead's stellar debut and series launch, an homage to golden age crime fiction, in particular the works of John Dickson Carr, introduces magician Joseph Spector. In 1936, Spector's Scotland Yard friend, Insp. George Flint, consults him in the baffling case of Austrian psychotherapist Anselm Rees. The doctor was found dead in his study with his throat slit so deeply that his head was almost decapitated. As the room's door and windows were locked, Flint hopes Spector, a master of conjuring tricks and misdirection, can explain how anyone could have committed the crime and left the room sealed. The pair pursue the theory that the murder was a revenge killing after learning that one of Rees's Viennese patients cut his own throat in a similar manner. Meanwhile, they must also probe two other cases: the apparently connected murder of a possible witness in an elevator that no one but the victim had access to, and the impossible theft of a rare artwork. Mead maintains suspense throughout, creating a creepy atmosphere en route to satisfying reveals. Puzzle mystery fans will eagerly await the sequel. (July) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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. Death and the Conjuror

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A magician-turned-sleuth in pre-war London solves three impossible crimes