The Illusion of Murder

The Illusion of Murder

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History, mystery, murder and "magic "accompany Nellie Bly - Victorian Age detective, reporter, and feminist - as she takes up a challenge by Jules Verne to beat the eighty days it took his fictional hero Phileas Fogg to race around the world. Nellie tackles the journey--alone, with a single change of clothes--against the wishes of her publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, who felt it was "too dangerous for a woman to attempt." In her official account of the journey, "Seventy-Two Days Around the World," Nellie leaves out one riveting event: a mysterious death. In the bustling harbor city of Port Said, she witnesses an event that makes her a target for a killer and involves her in international intrigue with the fate of nations at stake. On board the ships that take Nellie from the Land of the Pharaohs to the exotic Orient and across the Pacific are the most famous magicians in the world... but a killer also stalks the decks. As magicians conjure the fantasy and a spiritualist raises the dead, Nellie wonders if Mr. Pulitzer had underestimated the danger.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 144.78 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 521.63g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white halftones
  • 0765322048
  • 9780765322043

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Praise for "The Alchemy of Murder

""What a fabulous debut!"
"--"Brenda Novak, " New York Times" bestselling author of "The Last Stand" novels

"Doing for the City of Light what Ann Perry has done for Victorian London and what "The Alienist" did for 19th century New York, Carol McCleary has written a gripping, atmospheric, electrifying masterwork!"
--Barbara Woods, international bestselling writer, and author of "The Blessing Stone
"Feisty, funny, opinionated, persistent, Nellie Bly's as tough as any male she meets. A tale of peril and pursuit that is sure to keep you turning pages long after you should have been asleep. Dazzling entertainment, so well constructed you'll re-read it after you're done!"
--William Martin, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "The Lost Constitution "
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265 ratings
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5 19% (51)
4 38% (101)
3 33% (88)
2 8% (20)
1 2% (5)
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