#BlogTour – #BookReview of #DeathAndTheConjuror by Tom Mead @TomMeadAuthor @AriesFiction @RandomTTours #RandomThingsTours

For my second post of the day I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for locked room murder mystery Death And The Conjuror, the superb debut novel by Tom Mead. Thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this atmospheric book.

About the book:

An enthralling locked-room murder mystery inspired by crime fiction of the Golden Age, Death and the Conjuror is the critically acclaimed debut novel by Tom Mead. Selected as one of Publishers Weekly‘s Mysteries of the Year.

1936, London. A celebrity psychiatrist is discovered dead in his locked study. There seems to be no way a killer could have escaped unseen. There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, Inspector Flint, the Scotland Yard detective on the case, calls on retired stage magician turned part-time sleuth Joseph Spector.

Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colourful cast of suspects, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets… or motives for murder. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realise the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon.

About the author:

Tom Mead‘s acclaimed short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Lighthouse among others. Several of his pieces have also been anthologized, including ‘Heatwave’ in The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2021 (ed. Lee Child). He lives in Derbyshire, England. Death and the Conjuror is his debut novel.

Follow Tom at tommeadauthor.com facebook.com/tommeadauthor

My Review:

Death And The Conjuror is the impressive debut novel by Tom Mead. An intriguing locked room murder mystery that keeps you guessing, it introduces retired stage magician turned part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. Together with Scotland Yard detective Inspector Flint, Spector tries to solve the case of a celebrity psychiatrist who is found dead in his locked study. With no clues, no witnesses and no evidence of a murder weapon, will Spector and Flint be able to solve the crime before even more murders are committed?

Tom Mead has written an intricately plotted story that had me enthralled from beginning to end. The perfect book to lose yourself in at the end of a long day, Death And The Conjuror has everything you could possibly need from an atmospheric murder mystery tale. With a large and varied cast of memorable characters, this is a book that keeps you on your toes from beginning to end. Tom Mead’s writing is delightful as he instantly transports you to 1936 London and the fascinating world of Joseph Spector.

Death And The Conjuror is a fantastic read with twists, turns, well drawn characters and a suspense filled locked room murder mystery that is as creepy as it is thrilling. Tom Mead has written an impressive debut novel that I would highly recommend and I hope to see even more of the unlikely but wonderful partnership of Spector and Flint in the future.

What more can I say? I loved it!

Death And The Conjuror by Tom Mead is available to purchase now:

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