Review: The Ambitious Card, John Gaspard

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
The Ambitious Card, John Gaspard cover
The life of a magician isn’t all kiddie shows and card tricks. Sometimes it’s murder. Especially when magician Eli Marks very publicly debunks a famed psychic, and said psychic ends up dead. The evidence, including a bloody King of Diamonds playing card (one from Eli’s own Ambitious Card routine), directs the police right to Eli.
As more psychics are slain, and more King cards rise to the top, Eli can’t escape suspicion. Things get really complicated when romance blooms with a beautiful psychic, and Eli discovers she’s the next target for murder, and he’s scheduled to die with her. Now Eli must use every trick he knows to keep them both alive and reveal the true killer.
John Gaspard is the director of six low-budget features. He has writte various books about making a low-budget film.
His blog, "Fast, Cheap Movie Thoughts,” has been named "One of the 50 Best Blogs for Moviemakers" and "One of The 100 Best Blogs For Film and Theater Students.” He’s also written for TV and the stage.
John lives in Minnesota and shares his home with his lovely wife, several dogs, a few cats.

This is a fun read. I laughed so many times. The whole mystery detective part of the story is a very basic predictable puzzle and not really spectacular but the characters are charming. I loved Eli and uncle Harry. both are magicians but they do like people to know they know tricks and that most things psychics do are tricks. I did like the superstition situation that was going on with the dimes. Eli is not wary of some self reflection either. He knows he has quirks and I love how he does not take himself to serious. At points I felt that he was not to bright but I am not sure if that was to make him vulnerable or that he simply was just not that bright. He still is an easy likable character and uncle Harry is an instant beloved character. Though I was not really impressed with the whole mystery detective part of the book I would probably pick up other books in this series just for the pleasure of reading a fun and relaxing book.

The Ambitious Card
Author: John Gaspard
Publisher: Henery Press
Pages: 288
Format: eGalley
ISBN-13: 9781938383489
Series: An Eli Marks Mystery #1
Henery Press : various formats
The Ambitious Card

3 star review

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06 August, 2013 delete

I like the cover though. I'm glad you enjoyed it, in terms of being funny, but I guess books have good parts and bad parts hey.

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