Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've been eyeballing this book for a while now. A murder mystery AND magic. I'm totally in. Plus I loved the cover. I'm a cover snob, I can't help it. I literally book an entire series once because I knew the artist who designed the covers. I am what I am.
Back to the book.
We open to find Ivy Gamble, Private Detective, being stabbed by someone who she was working for. Very shortly afterwards, she's approached by the headmistress of a magical private school to investigate the death of one of the teachers. A school at which Ivy's sister is a teacher. You see, Tabitha is magic and Ivy is not and they have been estranged for years.
So Ivy goes to investigate and finds herself quickly in over her head. She struggles with her own demons and addictions while trying to navigate in what may as well be a foreign country. She begins to try and be an entirely different version of herself.
She does eventually solve the case and I will say that I thought it was obvious who the killer was. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised as to how exactly they got to that point.
I laughed and I teared up a little with this book. Anyone who has ever felt that internal pull of sibling rivalry, the one where maybe you're just not good enough? You'll identify with Ivy on that level.
Definitely and enjoyable and quick read. I liked Ivy's realness and the slight romance angle. I'm hoping to read more from this author and hopefully Ivy will be back.
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