New Novel Tangled with American History and Scandal

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Set in contemporary Charleston, SC “Magic Man” unravels a murder entwined with the secrets and deeds of our nation’s founders.

The death of Jack Abbot, a preeminent antiquarian of the Holy City marks the beginning of “Magic Man”. The historical ambiance of the old city and its treasures create a story seasoned with the past and present. The mixture of eras and cultures epitomizes the essence of Charleston today and yesterday.

Charleston, South Carolina is a magical city, but within its mystical boundaries a killer lurks. Even before murder darkened Celeste Hartley’s world, her lifestyle of scholarly gentility was on steady decline. Her mentor’s death forces her to reexamine her life and loves. The journey leads her deeper into the murky antiquarian business that is her legacy. On the surface it’s familiar, but she finds infidelity, betrayal, greed, and secrets so deep they can destroy her. The historical maze has a seductive call determined to thwart her efforts to find the murderer and the key that will free her forever from the Magic Man.

As a lifelong southerner, trained historian, and resident, Mary Elizabeth Reynolds weaves a murder mystery steeped in the spirit of Charleston. The backdrop requires knowledge and a deep familiarity with the eccentric southern city and its outskirts.

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