Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction.
Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family’s theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission.
When a dead body turns up in the middle of Christopher’s act, suspicion immediately falls on him. If Christopher and Edward can’t work together to clear his name, Christopher won’t make it to Chicago in time. Edward knows he shouldn’t get attached to a man who will be gone in two days, but his heart—and a very special angel—have other ideas.
Moving forward a couple of decades and across the country, our beloved wooden angel has her work cut out for her…yet again. She left her perch in the storefront window to become part of a magician’s box of tricks. Christopher Fiend has been searching for his big break and the brief stop in a small town in Iowa can’t speed by fast enough. He’s on his way to Chicago for a chance of a lifetime. He’s focused on harefooting it out of there and moving on to the fame and fortune he knows he deserves. Although he’s a man on a mission, he can’t help but notice Edward and figures there’s always time for a rendezvous. Edward is enthralled with the illusionist and discovers himself helpless to his charms. Spending time at the theater and indulging in a fleeting affair would not constitute as normal behavior for Edward. The only family Edward has is his younger brother, Tobias, who is hell-bent on saving the family theater from its imminent demise. Tobias is thrilled with this out of character Edward and encourages the new spark he sees. But then a dark and deadly turn of events screeches everything to a halt. Will Christopher be convicted of a crime he didn’t commit? And even if he’s cleared, how will he ever make it to Chicago to catch his dreams?
I’m a huge fan of Jordan’s writing and this is a beautiful example of why I admire her stories. The page count comes in at just over a hundred and although I would have been happy with more, it felt complete. Not always an easy task with novellas. I’m not naturally drawn to this time period but Hawk sucked me right in. Despite the angel’s power and goal of uniting two hearts, this addition to the series lacked the romantic focus of the others. It was largely based on the murder mystery and yet, in all respects I thoroughly enjoyed it. The eccentric vaudeville performers rounded out this whodunit tale nicely.
Dazzling characters with a cloak-and-dagger mission whisked me away. The pull was immediate and even though it wasn’t my typical reading preferences, I was entertained from start to finish. Wildly popular around the turn of the century, a vaudeville show was comprised of numerous forms of entertainment. It was a pleasure taking a tour behind the curtain. Well, until the dreadful dead body that is. When Christopher is framed, Edward joins him in a bit of self-detective work. They aim to solve the case before the train departs, with or without Christopher. Edward has come to care for Christopher in their short time together and longs for everything that could-have-been. But this small town in his home and Christopher must follow his traveling theatrical family. So they could never be. Right? Hmmm, you’ll just have to see.
The star of the show is the murder mystery, leaving the romance a solid second act. Which in turn, keeps the heat level to a minimum. But never fear, the angel slides in when we need her the most. And it truly was most charming.
If you are reading this marvelous series, please note this one possesses a different feel but our winged beauty ties them together just as she does with the rest. It’s a lovely addition and you won’t want to miss it.
Title: The Magician’s Angel (The Christmas Angel #3)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Length: 108 Pages
Release Date: December 2, 2018
Buy Link: Amazon