This Rough Magic

This Rough Magic was a wonderful story and of a type to be expected from the electronic pen of Josh Lanyon. The story was - for me - a delightful read and peek into the San Francisco of the mid-20th century (if I have the time frame correct) and shows why I am a fan of Mr. Lanyon's works.

It is a mystery that is filled with a bit of suspense, a missing folio, a bit of surprising news for one of the characters, and sprinkled with a small dash of "mad caper" (or maybe that is just me seeing things that way).

I also enjoyed the interactions between the characters - and this may be in part what lent to me the slight feel of madcaper-ry (especially Brett's family).

Great read and look forward to reading more.

Book Blurb for This Rough Magic

Wealthy playboy Brett Sheridan thinks he knows the score when he hires tough guy private eye Neil Patrick Rafferty to find a priceless stolen folio of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Brett's convinced his partner-in-crime sister is behind the theft -- a theft that's liable to bring more scandal to their eccentric family, and cost Brett his marriage to society heiress Juliet Lennox. What Brett doesn't count on is the instant and powerful attraction that flares between him and Rafferty.

Once before, Brett took a chance on loving a man, only to find himself betrayed and broken. This time around there's too much at risk.

But as the Bard himself would say, "Journeys end in lovers meeting."

(This 46K short novel was previously published by Loose Id Publishing)

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 5.00