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Magic for liars, Sarah Gailey

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Magic for liars
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Magic for liars
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Sarah Gailey
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eng
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"When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister--without losing herself" --
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  • /* Starred Review */ Private investigator Ivy Gamble does her work in the seedy underbelly of Oakland, California, alone and growing bored with adulterers and disability claims until the headmaster of the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages approaches her. A teacher at this magical school has died gruesomely, and the headmaster wants to know if it was murder. Ivy’s twin sister works at the school, though they’re estranged; Tabitha discovered her magic in high school, but Ivy doesn’t have that power. Despite her reservations, Ivy plunges forward into the world that never wanted her. Gailey (River of Teeth, 2017) takes command of this story, from the arresting prologue to the final reveal. Ivy’s relentless drive to solve the crime coupled with the unique setting will propel the reader through the narrative, but the many layers of theme and character set this novel apart. There’s something for almost all readers here: family drama, romance, high-school gossip, fantasy-world building. Above all, Gailey shows us that humans are humans, even when they are magic, and they are still flawed, damaged, and oh so interesting. -- Cari Dubiel (Reviewed 4/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 15, p30)
  • A blend of fantasy and murder mystery. Magic meets noir, throw in some romance and some witty dialog and you have a great pick for summer reading. For fans of Jasper Fforde and the Charley Davidson novels. -- Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH. (LibraryReads, June 2019)
  • /* Starred Review */ DEBUT	Oakland-based PI Ivy Gamble chases adulterous partners and money-hungry families, until a new client asks her to investigate the death of a health teacher at the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, where Ivy's estranged twin sister, Tabitha, works. Tabitha possesses magic in spades, but Ivy does not. The headmaster at the school insists that the teacher's death is not accidental, and if that's true, someone on the grounds is a killer. Ivy grudgingly takes the investigation, uncovering both typical and unusual scenes at a boarding school for magical elites: secret relationships and mean girls, not to mention the prophecy of the Chosen One. As Ivy hunts for answers to Sylvia Capley's gruesome death, details about her childhood and bias against magic emerge, and she finds out just how much the past can affect the present. VERDICT Gailey's debut is an energetic modern fantasy that plays rough with relationships and personal beliefs, from youth to adulthood. Ivy's emotional investigation will strike a chord in anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong. Highly recommended for all collections. --Kristi Chadwick (Reviewed 05/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 4, p72)
  • A private investigator is hired to solve a murder at a magical academy where her sister teaches in Gailey's (The Fisher of Bones, 2017, etc.) contemporary fantasy. Ivy Gamble has worked 14 years as a PI, following around cheating spouses and solving insurance-fraud cases. When she's hired for a genuine murder case, her ambition (and her empty bank account) leads her to accept the job...even if the clients are the last people she wants to be working for: magicians. The dead woman was a teacher at the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, where Ivy's estranged sister, Tabitha, also teaches. The two have barely spoken for years, ever since Tabitha's burgeoning magical abilities and Ivy's decided lack of them drove a rift between them. But to solve the case, Ivy will have to enter her sister's world, where even freshmen can make pencils fly or glamour away a bad hair day. And there's no shortage of suspects among the student body, from queen bee Alexandria, who seems able to exert unnerving control over everyone else, to her half brother, Dylan, obsessed with his foretold destiny. Or perhaps it's a teacher, such as the charming Rahul, who finds Ivy delightful—as long as she makes him believe she's a magician, too. While the whodunit twists and turns in satisfying fashion, Ivy's real search here is for peace and forgiveness: forgiving her sister, and herself, for their mutual histories. The truth will out, even if it's truths that Ivy and Tabitha have each struggled to forget. The worldbuilding is thin, but the tensions between the characters sweep readers past any questions that might result. A poignant and bittersweet family tragedy disguised as a mystery but with a magic all its own. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2019)
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Gailey, Sarah
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  • Magic
  • Sisters
  • Twins
  • Women detectives
  • Private schools
  • Murder
  • Teachers
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adult
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Magic for liars, Sarah Gailey
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"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
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000065336454
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22 cm.
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336 pages
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9781250174611
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(OCoLC)1050273125
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Magic for liars, Sarah Gailey
Publication
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"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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000065336454
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781250174611
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1050273125

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