The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.
But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free… and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.
When famed female illusionist The Amazing Arden’s husband turns up dead, she is the prime suspect. As a magician Arden can make herself disappear but policeman Virgil Holt catches up to her and lets her tell her side of the story. Nothing is what it seems in Macallister’s work of historical fiction, but everything is told with such flair and vibrancy that the reader will easily slip into the alternating magic and horror of Arden’s life. —Jen Karsbaek, Devourer of Books