The Magician Murders (Art of Murder #3)

The Magician Murders (Art of Murder #3)

by Josh Lanyon

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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, 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159118233
Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/31/2018
Series: Art of Murder Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 87,578
File size: 462 KB

About the Author

Author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure, and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON’S work has been translated into eleven languages.

Her FBI thriller Fair Game was the first Male/Male title to be published by Harlequin Mondadori, then the largest romance publisher in Italy. Stranger on the Shore (Harper Collins Italia) was the first M/M title to be published in print. In 2016 Fatal Shadows placed #5 in Japan’s annual Boy Love novel list (the first and only title by a foreign author to place on the list). The Adrien English series was awarded the All Time Favorite Couple by the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.

She is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice for Gay Mystery), An Edgar nominee and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads All Time Favorite M/M Author award.
Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

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The Magician Murders (The Art of Murder III) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the two previous entries in this series, and this one is a terrific chapter in the story of Jason and Sam. The mystery is fun, the development of the two leads' romance is intriguing, and the story has a lot of humor, like many of Lanyon's works. I appreciate the author's attention to detail in creating characters (even the supporting ones come alive on the page) and in describing the setting, especially the history and the culture of magicians; but these details are always in service of the story and characters, and the author always knows exactly how to show, not tell, the reader. Lanyon's books are pretty much an automatic purchase for me; read this series, you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Josh L.
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
While recovering from a hit-and-run, Agent Jason West spends some unexpected extra alone time with Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy. But the job is never very far away when he's asked to consult the local office with the theft of a priceless collection of vintage magic posters. As is Jason's luck it leads to more than just theft but will this unexpected assistance strengthen or hamper his and Sam's growing relationship? I'm going to jump right out of the gate and say "How can you not love Jason West?" I can certainly understand Sam's desire to keep him locked away and safe. Okay maybe not locked away because with all the possible words you could use to describe Sam Kennedy, monster is not one of them. Sam's growing feelings for Jason are definitely influencing his actions, he may not be new to his heart ruling the roost, but its certainly been a long time since that organ has been doing the thinking for him. On the surface these two don't seem like they'd be right for each other but with some time and lots of arguing throughout this series, its become pretty clear that Jason and Sam are actually a perfect fit. The hemming-and-hawing, back-and-forth, secrets and realizations have finally revealed what the heart wants. Some might say I've given away a bit of the story with this paragraph but its my opinion that a well written love story isn't in the destination but the journey getting there. And what a journey it is. Now as for the mystery part of The Magician Murders, well for that you won't get any insight from me other than to say my thoughts were the same as Agent West's at one point but frankly I'm glad I was wrong. There is just something about Magician that has a film noir essence about it, maybe its the stolen vintage posters, maybe its the cast of characters, maybe its the growing relationship between Jason and Sam, or maybe its just the amazing and mesmerizing writing style of Josh Lanyon. Anyone who has read her work before knows that she loves a good mystery but its more than that, she creates characters that you want to know, characters that you want to smother in kindness and some you just want to smother. It takes talent to take over-the-top personalities and make them seem almost everyday-neighbor-next-door types. Lets face it you won't meet them the next time you run to the store for milk and eggs but you sure would like to. For those who are wondering if you can start The Art of Murder series with The Magician Murders I'm going to say no. If you follow my reviews than you know I'm a huge series reader and that I also firmly believe in reading them in order, whether the author writes them that way or not. If you want to split hairs than you could probably start with Magician as the case is new but you won't understand everything that Jason and Sam have gone through to get to where they are, it flows better if you start with book one, The Mermaid Murders because there are some carry-overs as for future possibilities(hey don't expect me to reveal any secrets). If this is a new series for you, trust me you will not be disappointed even if three books seem daunting don't worry because once you start they just fly by because you can't put them down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Josh Lanyon creates believable, relatable characters and just the right mix of mystery and Romance. This outing of Agents West and Kennedy doesn't disappoint in any way...and there's the guarantee of a sequel: a cliffhanger ending...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the third volume of the Art of Murder series, the relationship between Jason and Sam continues to evolve. The mystery was fun, but the romance is really the heart of the story -- and the road to happily ever after is not an easy one for two strong personalities like Jason and Sam. I am really looking forward to the next book. -- lyradora