By: Jane Tesh
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publishing Date: October 2013
Reviewed by: Mary Lignor
Review Date: October 12, 2013
Now You See It is Jane Tesh’s third mystery that features the housemates who live in the house that Cam built. The previous books in the Grace Street Series are: Stolen Hearts and Mixed Signals. This particular gem, number three, is a breath of fresh air all over again.
The main character, David Randall, is a private detective, who is coming back from some horrible times. He has been divorced twice and lost his beloved daughter in an automobile accident. David lives as a tenant in a boarding house owned by his friend Camden, located in Parkland, SC. David has used ‘Cam’ many times to help him with cases as Cam is a clairvoyant, and a very laid back guy who looks as if he hasn’t a care in the world.
An unusual occurrence is about to happen. David has been asked to look into two cases. An elderly lady, Sandy Olaf, has asked him to try and find a valuable diamond bracelet that she has either misplaced or been robbed of. And the second is to try and locate a magical box for two magician brothers, Taft and Lucas Finch, that may or may not have belonged to Harry Houdini. A very short time after getting the assignment, one of the owners of the box is found dead. Now, thinks David, does this death have something to do with Houdini’s box or is it simply coincidence? Every time he tries to investigate, David runs into some magic mavens who seem to want to perform for him and anyone else who they can capture.
Frustrated, David decides to try and get his housemate, Cam, to see if he can find out what’s what. David is also still trying to get over the death of his daughter and, to top it all off, he has a girlfriend, Kary, who wants to muscle in on the detective business. This is a fun read and the characters are lovable, especially Camden.
Quill says: The book can definitely stand alone as far as the plot but it might be fun to read the first two to get to know all the characters. It is, however, a good read and a definite keeper!!