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The Linking Rings ➮ [Ebook] ➩ The Linking Rings By John Gaspard ➺ – Thomashillier.co.uk Eli s trip to London with his uncle Harry quickly turns homicidal when the older magician finds himself accused of murder A second slaying does little to take the spotlight off Harry Instead it s clea Eli s trip to London with his uncle Harry quickly turns homicidal when the older magician finds himself accused of murder A second slaying does little to take the spotlight off Harry Instead it s clear someone is knocking off Harry s elderly peers in bizarrely effective ways But who The odd gets odder when the prime suspect appears to be a bitter performer with a grudgewho committed suicide over thirty years before While Eli struggles to prove his uncle The Linking MOBI :↠ s innocence and keep them both alive he finds himself embroiled in a battle of his own a favorite magic routine of his has been ripped off by another hugely popular magicianWhat began as a whirlwind vacation to London with girlfriend Megan turns into a fatal and larcenous trip into the dark heart of magic within the city s oldest magic society, The Magic Circle No one does intriguing magic and page turning humor like John Gaspard Pick it up and see if you can be the first to figure out the trick The Linking Rings by John Gaspard A Henery Press Mystery You will just LOVE these booksNISH Magazine Highly recommended Orson Bean, Actor, Magician, Author of Safe at Home.


10 thoughts on “The Linking Rings

  1. Betty Betty says:

    Eli Marks and his Uncle Harry are in London to attend a reunion as a member of the Magic Circle Night one finds Uncle Harry on the stage waiting to do his act Next to him seated in a chair is the magician who was to perform This person has a knife in his back and Uncle Harry is arrested for the deed The twists and turns the story takes will hold your attention Severaldeaths occur before the astonishing end I was able to figure out the killer but end took me completely by surprise I Eli Marks and his Uncle Harry are in London to attend a reunion as a member of the Magic Circle Night one finds Uncle Harry on the stage waiting to do his act Next to him seated in a chair is the magician who was to perform This person has a knife in his back and Uncle Harry is arrested for the deed The twists and turns the story takes will hold your attention Severaldeaths occur before the astonishing end I was able to figure out the killer but end took me completely by surprise I recommend this book and series.Disclosure I received a free copy from Henery Press through NetGalley for an honest review I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review this book The opinions expressed are my own


  2. Leah Leah says:

    To see oursels as ithers see us When his uncle Harry is invited to perform at the Magic Circle in London, Eli Marks takes the opportunity of turning the trip into a holiday for himself and his girlfriend, Megan But things take a dramatic turn when one of the magicians slated to appear with Harry dies on stage killed by a magic contraption As Harry falls under suspicion, Eli and some of Harry s magician friends must try to find out what happenedI love this series so approached To see oursels as ithers see us When his uncle Harry is invited to perform at the Magic Circle in London, Eli Marks takes the opportunity of turning the trip into a holiday for himself and his girlfriend, Megan But things take a dramatic turn when one of the magicians slated to appear with Harry dies on stage killed by a magic contraption As Harry falls under suspicion, Eli and some of Harry s magician friends must try to find out what happenedI love this series so approached this book with high expectations and it has a lot of the elements that make the series so enjoyable Eli is a first person narrator past tense and it s always fun to listen in on his thoughts about the people he meets Gaspard always presents the stage magic interestingly, without breaking the magician s code of not revealing how tricks are done I love the interaction between Eli and his elderly uncle and, by extension, the older generation of stage magicians he knows from the days when stage magic was still bigger than TV magic.But the transplanting of the characters to London didn t work so well for me Thankfully Gaspard doesn t go the funny accent route, but he does keep suggesting that perfectly commonplace English expressions are actually American in origin and therefore hard for us old fashioned throwbacks to use confidently And when Eli began to refer to his hotel as Fawlty Towers, it set my teeth on edge somewhat It s such a clich I also can t help but get picky about factual inaccuracies that could have been sorted by a little research for example, the suggestion that magistrates are responsible for charging people with crimes, or a police officer using the term capital crime in a country that abolished capital punishment back when the Beatles still had short hair Irritating errors like these, and there were severalof them, tend to throw me out of the flow of the story I strongly suggest that if American authors want to write books based in Britain and publish them in Britain, they should hire a British editor to give them a final look over before sending the proofs to the printers.However, I doubt any of these things would annoy American readers, who will make up the bulk of Gaspard s audience, so hey ho But I personally will be glad when Eli returns to Minnesota for his next adventure.Otherwise, the plot itself is quite fun with its origins back in Harry s past, leading to enjoyable reminiscing among the entertaining group of magicians who ve assembled for the performances at the Magic Circle It seemed to me to cross the credibility linethan usual in this series, and perhaps not to be quite as fair play But there s plenty of humour in it and Eli is as likeable a hero as always I know this review has been quite critical but I did enjoy reading the book overall, although it certainly isn t my favourite in the series However, it was good to see the personal stories of the main characters move forward, and I look forward to meeting up with them all again in their next outing 3 stars for me, so rounded up.NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Henery Press.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com


  3. Mark Baker Mark Baker says:

    Eli Marks, his girlfriend Megan, and his uncle Harry are in London so that Harry can participate in a week long series of performances honoring Harry and a circle of his magician friends However, the week gets off to a bad start when the curtain opens to find Harry standing next to his fellow performer Oskar The problem is Oskar has been stabbed in the back Naturally, the police consider Harry a strong suspect, but Harry has another question was Oskar the intended victim, or what is Harry T Eli Marks, his girlfriend Megan, and his uncle Harry are in London so that Harry can participate in a week long series of performances honoring Harry and a circle of his magician friends However, the week gets off to a bad start when the curtain opens to find Harry standing next to his fellow performer Oskar The problem is Oskar has been stabbed in the back Naturally, the police consider Harry a strong suspect, but Harry has another question was Oskar the intended victim, or what is Harry The book gets off to a quick start and the pace never falters over the course of the story I did find that Eli spendstime reacting to everything going on instead of actually investigating, but he does put the pieces together at the end And I was having so much fun I didn t care While we don t see the rest of the series regulars in this book, the new charactersthan make up for it The glimpse into the world of magic is wonderful once again, and I couldn t help but laugh at some of Eli s observations and one couple we meet here.NOTE I received a copy of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers


  4. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    The Linking Rings earns 5 5 Magically Murderous Performances Abracadabra This newbie to John Gaspard s Eli Marks Mystery series is now a fan Gaspard has penned a very engaging plot with clever, sometimes quirky, characters and weaved in reference to distinct historical figures in the magician community and descriptions, not disclosures, of skillful illusions In this fourth book, The Linking Rings, he takes us to London where Eli Mark s Uncle Harry has been invited to perform his magical a The Linking Rings earns 5 5 Magically Murderous Performances Abracadabra This newbie to John Gaspard s Eli Marks Mystery series is now a fan Gaspard has penned a very engaging plot with clever, sometimes quirky, characters and weaved in reference to distinct historical figures in the magician community and descriptions, not disclosures, of skillful illusions In this fourth book, The Linking Rings, he takes us to London where Eli Mark s Uncle Harry has been invited to perform his magical artistry at The Magic Circle, a preeminent and exclusive magician s club Joined by another respected magician Oskar Korhonen, they both would also receive The Davant Award for their life s work But, as the enthusiastic crowd applauds the pair, it becomes clear something is very wrong Yes, deadly wrong, and Uncle Harry is handcuffed and arrested Since it looks like no one s going home anytime soon, the group gets an offer to stay at Laurence Baxter s estate, one of Harry s friends and himself a magician And when another dead body appears, Eli and former police inspector McHugh think one of the aged magicians may be the next target or the killer But just as any good magician will tell you, misdirection is the key to any wonderful illusion Ok, I m hooked Who wouldn t be fascinated by magicians and the illusions they create I remember my grandfather pulling coins out of my ear when I was four years old and going back to him forand , until he looked deep in my ear and said, It s empty Gaspard has provided a story rich with engaging twists and turns and a delightful sense of humor I had some queries about background as the series has four books already, and some references to London sites and British personalities were inaccurate Judi, not Judy , but the plot, characters, and a surprise endingthan made up for it In the background we have an old friend of Eli s popping in and the continuing relationship between Eli and Megan I highly recommend The Linking Rings Disclosure I received an advanced copy from NetGalley However, this voluntary review is my honest opinion and insights


  5. Kent Holloway Kent Holloway says:

    Okay, by now I ve become a HUGE fan of John Gaspard and his Eli Marks series I ll admit, I ve loved them all so far, but there was something about this one that truly hit all the right chords for me By far, my very favorite book in this series I m not sure if it was the location London , the great cast of characters, the plethora of suspects, or the motive for the murders, but this one completely hit it out of the park As for the mystery itself, I managed to figure out some of it Some of i Okay, by now I ve become a HUGE fan of John Gaspard and his Eli Marks series I ll admit, I ve loved them all so far, but there was something about this one that truly hit all the right chords for me By far, my very favorite book in this series I m not sure if it was the location London , the great cast of characters, the plethora of suspects, or the motive for the murders, but this one completely hit it out of the park As for the mystery itself, I managed to figure out some of it Some of it caught me by surprise, but as always, Gaspard made sure that all the necessary clues are sprinkled in throughout the story, which is a must for a great mystery Even better, the Eli Marks series doesn t have to be read in any sort of order So if you haven t read one yet, you can easily start here and know why I m raving so much about it Just a completely satisfying read


  6. Annie Annie says:

    Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader The Linking Rings is the 4th Eli Marks mystery by John Gaspard I read it as a standalone and it worked very well I intend to chase down the first three books in the series.The hook for the series is that the main characters are, and the action happens around, magicians and their performances The main character, Eli, is a performer and co owns a magic store with his famous uncle Harry, also a magician Harry and Eli are off to London for a Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader The Linking Rings is the 4th Eli Marks mystery by John Gaspard I read it as a standalone and it worked very well I intend to chase down the first three books in the series.The hook for the series is that the main characters are, and the action happens around, magicians and their performances The main character, Eli, is a performer and co owns a magic store with his famous uncle Harry, also a magician Harry and Eli are off to London for a special set of performances at a famous magic venue, The Magic Circle The performance schedule is upended when one of Uncle Harry s former cronies, Oskar, is literally stabbed in the back by a chair prop on their first night.This is a traditional whodunnit The characters are maybe a bit standard the bumbler, the femme fatale, the lush, the womanizer, etc , but they re pretty well written and the book is a fun read The dialogue is well written and the foreshadowing and clues are presented creatively and relatively subtly One thing I really enjoyed a lot about this book was the humor The main characters definitely don t take themselves too seriously and the dialogue is often sparkling and witty I really liked the repartee and patter between Roy and his wife, Roxanne they seemed to genuinely like one another at least under the surface.This is a clean mystery and the murders though one of them is fairly horrific are all written tamely and without graphic descriptions The dialogue is also clean and except for an occasional hell or damn has nothing which will dismay readers I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to lovers of classic amateur sleuth fiction One small caveat, the author writes at a couple of different points in the book that Eli s uncle Harry is being held because murder is a capital crime in the UK I thought at first that the book itself was set pre 1965 the point at which capital punishment was abolished in Great Britain , but then the author talks about clearly modern landmarks like the London Eye It s not a huge discrepancy and it doesn t have any overall effect on the plot, so it isn t going to be any sort of issue for the vast majority of readers.I intend to find the first three books in the series, high praise from me.Four stars, well written and entertaining Disclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the author publisher


  7. Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews says:

    I really enjoy this seriesfrom the magic to the mystery to the romance even though that is such a small part.In this 4th book, Eli is caught up in several murders in London Plus a bit of a scuffle with his high school classmate, Jake North Eli and Harry have flown to London so that Harry can participate in a show with his cronies never expecting to be caught up in the middle of a murder or two or three The mystery is well written I only sort of guessed the murderer but not until the e I really enjoy this seriesfrom the magic to the mystery to the romance even though that is such a small part.In this 4th book, Eli is caught up in several murders in London Plus a bit of a scuffle with his high school classmate, Jake North Eli and Harry have flown to London so that Harry can participate in a show with his cronies never expecting to be caught up in the middle of a murder or two or three The mystery is well written I only sort of guessed the murderer but not until the end when the clues were being revealed It was quite surprising the events that unfolded at the end, but not too surprising when you consider the motive and the players I liked the banter between Roy and Roxanne, it was quite comical The other characters magicians were intriguing due to their role and their chosen profession There was a bit of tension between Eli and Jake, but considering the facts this is not too surprising.There is a nice romantic twist at the end with Megan I rather like her character because she comes across as very down to earth and low key


  8. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    This title is the fourth in the Eli Marks series I read the one before it and loved it, but you will be fine if you re jumping in uninitiated Thanks go to Net Galley and Henery Press for the review copy, which I received free and early in exchange for this honest review The book is now for sale Eli and his girlfriend, Megan, head to London, where he and his Uncle Harry are attending a sort of reunion with a group of magicians When one of them is murdered, Harry is arrested and so Eli invest This title is the fourth in the Eli Marks series I read the one before it and loved it, but you will be fine if you re jumping in uninitiated Thanks go to Net Galley and Henery Press for the review copy, which I received free and early in exchange for this honest review The book is now for sale Eli and his girlfriend, Megan, head to London, where he and his Uncle Harry are attending a sort of reunion with a group of magicians When one of them is murdered, Harry is arrested and so Eli investigates in order to clear his uncle Along the waymagicians are killed, and Eli discovers that another magician, a TV magician that holds little respect from his peers, has stolen Eli s signature act.Gaspard writes a solid mystery, with a manageable number of characters with a complex but blessedly linear plot His sense of humor slays me That said, I blanched a few times at the gender stereotypes, which aren t entirely redeemed by the brief discussion about sexism in the industry However, the last fifteen percent of the story is so brilliantly crafted and so hilarious that I could only bow in awe when it was over.Recommended to those that enjoy a cozy mystery


  9. Floyd Floyd says:

    The Linking Rings is a fascinating look at London s Magic Circle, the most prestigious magic club in the world as per Wikipedia , through the eyes of an amateur sleuth from America as he and his friends attempt to solve a series of murders which systematically whittles away at the club s members.As the reader makes his way through this unique novel, they are introduced to a number of real professional magicians as well as the characters in the story This reader found himself visiting Wikipe The Linking Rings is a fascinating look at London s Magic Circle, the most prestigious magic club in the world as per Wikipedia , through the eyes of an amateur sleuth from America as he and his friends attempt to solve a series of murders which systematically whittles away at the club s members.As the reader makes his way through this unique novel, they are introduced to a number of real professional magicians as well as the characters in the story This reader found himself visiting Wikipedia multiple times to understand the men and women who define the world famous magician that call The Magic Circle their home in London men like Jay Marshal, Tommy Cooper, and Chung Ling Soo I did not look up every name dropped in the course of the book s 250 pages.As the deaths mount up, the list of suspects diminishes, but enough are left to make an interesting and provocative tale Though the presence of magicians might make one expect the appearance of the macabre and mysterious, it is clear that all the magicians both historical and fictional are professionals, trained to entertainthan to introduce an unknown spiritual world i.e a world of ghosts, goblins, beasties, etc Though a number of tricks are described within the pages of the book, no secrets are disclosed, except those needed to identify the murderer.For the fan of magic, cozy mysteries, or English history, The Linking Rings will make a good book to grab on a cold winter night or any other night ______________This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review The opinions are mine alone


  10. Angela Jett Angela Jett says:

    4.5 starsEli Marks, his girlfriend and his uncle Harry all arrive in London and within 24 hours a murder has occurred Eli and Megan are there for an extended vacation which was designed to overlap a short 2 day trip Harry was making for a reunion of sorts at London s magic society, The Magic Circle As part of the reunion, Harry is to perform before the magicians with one of his peers Before the performance can even begin, Harry s counterpart is murdered.This leads to Harry being held as a p 4.5 starsEli Marks, his girlfriend and his uncle Harry all arrive in London and within 24 hours a murder has occurred Eli and Megan are there for an extended vacation which was designed to overlap a short 2 day trip Harry was making for a reunion of sorts at London s magic society, The Magic Circle As part of the reunion, Harry is to perform before the magicians with one of his peers Before the performance can even begin, Harry s counterpart is murdered.This leads to Harry being held as a person of interest and extending his stay in London In quick succession, other elder magicians start turning up dead Eli, Megan and Harry, along with an ex London cop friend of Harry s, start trying to identify a connection between the deaths that makes sense and points to the killer.This is the 4th Eli Marks mystery but the first I have read in the series I was expecting the book to be filled with magician tricks and the minutiae of how tricks are worked but was pleasantly surprised that the book didn t expendtime than needed on the tricks themselves The magic is a backdrop to the actual storylines The author uses magic to explain the reason for the characters being together and their interrelationships but doesn t get bogged down in needing to expand on the actual magic technicalities I found this to be a perfect balance.Would certainly recommend this book Thank you NetGalley and publisher, Henery Press, for the opportunity to read this ARC


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