Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.
But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.
I wanted more from Magic for Liars than I got, but I did really enjoy some parts of it.
The mystery element in particular I thought was pretty well done. And it is a proper mystery, not really a crime novel, so I loved that.
Ivy is a hard character to connect to, and a little too stereotypical PI for my comfort, but I loved her backstory and I think it made the stereotypes work for her. And I particularly loved the way her relationship with her sister goes throughout the story.
I really liked the school, and I utterly *loved* students using magic for stupid stuff like dick clouds, or even impressive but mean stuff like the graffiti. You never get that in a book! The dick clouds made me laugh so hard.
However on the magic front I wanted to know more – were constantly fobbed off as Ivy that it’s too complicated (despite the fact that she picks up more than we see on page). How does it work? I liked what we saw of the magic structure and was sad not to see more of it. And I’m DYING to know about that prophecy and what happens next there. So sad we don’t get that, even if I very much understand it’s not the point of the story.
Overall a short and enjoyable mystery with a magic twist.
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