"This is charming...it might have amused Conan Doyle."
- The New York Times
"In his first mystery, Stashower paired Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes to marvelous effect." - Chicago Tribune
"Stashower's clever adaptation of the Conan Doyle conventions - Holme's uncanny powers of observation and of disguise, the scenes and customs of Victorian life - makes it fun to read."
THE HOUDINI SPECTER (Titan Books, June 2012) the Great Harry Houdini is still struggling to make a name for himself in turn-of-the-century New York. He sees an opportunity for glory in exposing the tricks of the medium Lucius Craig - if only he can work out how the medium managed to conjure a "spirit" while tied to a chair by Houdini himself or how the apparition was able to stab an audience member to death and then disappear!
Daniel Stashower www.stashower.com is a novelist and magician. A two-time Edgar Award-winning author of Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle and (co-author) Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life of Letters. His works also include Elephants in the Distance, The Beautiful Cigar Girl, the Sherlock Holmes novel, The Ectoplasmic Man and (as co-author) the Sherlock Holmes anthology, The Ghosts of Baker Street. He resides in Bethesda, MD.
The good people at Titan Books were kind enough to give me a review copy of The Houdini Specter and I should be posting a review next week. Stay tuned.
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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a volunteer editor for Alt Hist and a contributor to Just Below the Law. His fiction can be found at Echelon Press, Jake's Monthly and his own writing blog. When not writing he works as an attorney and enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana.