Waiting on Wednesday: A CRIMINAL MAGIC by Lee Kelly

This wednesday take a look at a magical Realism novel I’m waiting on!

Waiting on Wednesday Theme: THOSE COMP TITLES OMG *dies*

waits patiently ouat

a criminal magic cover

Title: A Criminal Magic
Author: Lee Kelly
Pub Date: February 2, 2016 from Simon & Schuster
Amazon: Pre-order
B&N: Pre-order 
Goodreads: Add it to your shelves








THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly’s new magical realism, crossover novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive – and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic – and when their paths cross at the Shaws’ performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

I am so excited for this book because:

  1. PEAKY BLINDERS. I devoured that show in a day. Season 1 was basically perfection to me.
  2. THE NIGHT CIRCUS. The book is also basically perfection to me.
  3. Alex sounds like my Amazing Grace from Peaky Blinders.
  5. One of my favorite tropes is In Love With the Mark & and then of course THEY CAN’T BE TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY’RE ON OPPOSITE SIDES.
  6. Ummm, that strangely epic cover.
  7. Just that entire blurb again.
  9. Seriously what else is there? (insert Derek from Swan Princess stammering “…what…else…is…there?” ;D)



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