Mrs. Houdini

Mrs. Houdini

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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"A captivating debut novel, meticulously researched and beautifully imagined, about the passionate marriage of Harry and Bess Houdini--a love story that defied death itself. Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife Bess from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair's extraordinary romance, which swept the illusionist and his bride from the beaches of Coney Island, to the palaces of Budapest, to the back lots of Hollywood. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of a mysterious young photographer, she realizes that her husband's magic may have been more than just illusion. In surprising turns that weave through the uncertain days of the dawn of the twentieth century and continue into the dazzling 1920s, Mrs. Houdini is a thrilling tale that will take you deep into the heart of one of history's greatest love stories--asking what drives people to believe in something bigger than themselves--even as it reveals the famous magician's most remarkable feat of all. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410490568
1410490564
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Kell
Characteristics: 467 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Michael Colford Feb 13, 2016

Victoria Kelly does some serious research on one of the greatest romances in history, that of escape artist/magician Harry Houdini, and his wife Bess. Then she spins the strands of history into a lovely novel that follows both the lives of Harry and Bess as a couple, as well as Bess' search for a way to communicate with her husband after he passes away suddenly.

Mrs. Houdini is filled with details that are sure to please lovers of historical fiction, and it has the grand sweep of a romance that will keep fans of that genre happy. While the finale borders on twee, it does provide Bess with a positive note upon which to close out her story.

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