By Greer Macallister
4 out of 5 stars
My reading has been slipping a bit lately with the holidays and all that entails but I am so glad that I picked this little gem to read. I saw that Whoopi Goldberg recommended it on the Book of the Month site and I knew I had it in my cache. You will be drawn right into the story from the get-go.
Virgil, a police officer, is facing demons of his own after being shot in a holdup. His friend takes him to a magic show starring Arden Shakespeare. When she saws a man in half, it throws him for a loop. When a man is found murdered in the box later that night, Virgil knows Arden must have done it. He doesn’t plan on her showing up at a cafe that he stops at. He takes her into custody and the gist of the story begins. He asks to hear about the murder but she takes him through her past and how she went from being Ada Bates to Arden Shakespeare. Is she using her skills of magic and deception or is she telling him the truth? You will have to read and find out!
It’s a slow moving story that weaves in and out of the present. Arden is a fascinating character. She comes from some tough situations that seem to keep encircling her throughout the story. The character of Ray will give you chills and not in a good way. It’s historical fiction with great descriptions of the old theaters and the lovely Biltmore Estate. A purely enjoyable read with a very satisfying conclusion.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.