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Magic for Liars

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Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey is a fast-paced murder mystery set in a fantasy world. Private investigator Ivy Gamble is hired out-of-the-blue to solve a very unusual murder (she’s never done that before) and it just so happens to have taken place at the school where her estranged twin sister teaches magic. Real magic. Will Ivy be able to fake her way to the truth?

paperback | published by Tor Books May 05, 2020 | 352 pages

“Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it. Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life - or at least, she’s perfectly fine. She doesn’t in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister. Ivy Gamble is a liar. 

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.”


Meet the Author:

Hugo award winner Sarah Gailey lives and works in California. Their nonfiction has been published by dozens of venues internationally including Locus and the Boston Globe. Their fiction has been published internationally in over six different languages. Their debut novel, Magic for Liars, was an LA Times bestseller. You can find links to their work at sarahgailey.com and on social media at @gaileyfrey.

Credit for Sarah’s image to ©Allan Amato 2019.