Book #47 for 2015
This was definitely a page-turner, and I really enjoyed the characters and the insider view of a turn-of-the-century magic show. The suspense surrounding Arden’s love life and the identification of the murder victim were done pretty effectively, but I felt that the pacing was a little odd at times. I particularly thought that the ending could have used more of a dénouement. And I would have to read the book again, but it seems to me that there is a very important inconsistency regarding just what Arden can and cannot do.
The story also had some good feminist themes, which was a nice surprise. It gave some interesting depths to the characters and their relationships, whereas this would otherwise have failed to engage me the way it did.