The Last Illusion

The Last Illusion

Book - 2010
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Irish immigrant and PI Molly Murphy is thrilled to have a ticket to the theater to see a trio of illusionists that are all the rage. Indeed, headlining is Harry Houdini, the most sensational of them all; he has just returned from entertaining European kings and queens for a brief run on Broadway.

But before Houdini can even take the stage, the opening act goes horribly wrong and to the crowd's shock the illusionist saws into his assistant. In the aftermath, the stunned performer accuses Houdini of tampering with the equipment he keeps under lock and key. And he's not the only one critical of "The King of Handcuffs." Risking his life every night, Houdini has raised the stakes to such a perilous level that he's putting lesser acts out of business.

With everyone on edge, Houdini's wife hires Molly to be part investigator/part bodyguard, but how can she protect a man who literally risks his life every night? And how is she going to uncover whether these masters of illusion are simply up to their tricks or if there truly is something much more treacherous going on.

With sparkling wit, charming characters, and historic detail, multiple award winner Rhys Bowen brings early-twentieth-century New York City and the fantastic performers of the time vividly to life in The Last Illusion .

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312385408
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 25 cm.


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Aug 19, 2018

Amen to trite - disappointing.

Dec 15, 2016

(The ninth book in the Molly Murphy series)

Jul 21, 2014

Didn't finish reading this, just too trite.

marti419 Jul 06, 2014

I love all of Rhys Bowen's books.

Mar 24, 2014

Another winning installment in this series! Rather than calling Daniel the "bad guy" in this novel, as a couple others have suggested, I would say his whining (and he does whine) adds to the tension of the series. He keeps expecting Molly to conform, as many men of that time would, to middle class standards of what a wife was expected to do. Molly, however, from a lower class (though respectable, I'd say), has grown up working, and, like many New Women, not only expects to work, but enjoys the independence it brings. While I'm disappointed at Molly's decision at the end of the novel, I can see it is made in response to the danger she faces in her latest case. And, without giving away any spoilers, since this is not the last in the series, you can rest assured Molly still finds plenty to do in the future.

Read it; but read the books in order for maximum pleasure.

Jun 08, 2013

I really enjoyed this book of the Molly Murphy series because it was an interesting mystery plus I learned more about the Great Houdini and his wife. Plus, she met some other famous people in history. I will agree with the other comment that I thought Daniel played a "bad guy" in this one because his only script seemed to be whining about the wedding date and asking Molly to quit her job.

Apr 17, 2010

Plenty of action and excitement and danger, as usual. But ... Daniel is pressuring Molly to set the wedding date, get married from his mother's house in Long Island, and look at a house, (because he doesn't like her house, her neighbours or her friends). He also wants her to quit being a detective. All the way through the book I kept wondering if this is going to be the second-last book in the series. It detracted attention from the story.

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