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Dead For A Spell

Dead For A Spell, October 2014
Bram Stoker Mystery #2
by Raymond Buckland

Berkley
Featuring: Harry Rivers; Henry Irving; Bram Stoker
304 pages
ISBN: 0425268039
EAN: 9780425268032
Kindle: B00INIXP7G
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"Is someone using the occult to destroy the Lyceum Theatre?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Dead For A Spell
Raymond Buckland

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted February 22, 2015

Suspense | Paranormal Thriller

An actress from the Lyceum Theatre has gone missing and a request for help is made to theatre manager, Abraham "Bram" Stoker, and his personal assistant/stage manager, Harry Rivers. Unfortunately, the missing actress is soon found dead, and the murder appears to have ties to the occult. Will Bram and Harry uncover the nefarious plot in time?

DEAD FOR A SPELL is the second book in the Bram Stoker mystery series but can easily be read as a standalone story. The relationship between Harry and Bram reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as we see the story unfold through Harry's eyes. Bram is a heroic figure, always calculating, and I like seeing him thrown off his game a bit with Sir Henry Irving fawning over the American entourage.

Raymond Buckland does an excellent job at weaving together historical fact with fiction to craft a solid and very entertaining mystery. I love seeing the characters speculate about the Freemasons, the Tarot cards, and even the Hellfire Club as Bram and Harry try to uncover who is behind the dastardly plot to destroy the Lyceum and all it stands for. DEAD FOR A SPELL is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery and I look forward to seeing what is in store next for Bram, Harry, and the rest of the Lyceum crew.

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SUMMARY

Bram Stoker, business manager for London’s Lyceum Theatre, is never surprised to find the supernatural waiting in the wings—especially when a chilling murder appears to have origins in the occult…

March 1881. The Lyceum is abuzz with the news that American actor Edwin Booth is going to be sharing the stage with their own Shakespearean star, Henry Irving. But stage manager Harry Rivers has other matters preoccupying him.

One of the regular actresses has disappeared, and after a disturbing tarot card reading, Harry’s boss, Bram Stoker, is convinced that something wicked is coming their way.

When the poor girl’s body is found, Stoker’s suspicions prove to be founded—the murder scene is riddled with strange clues that Stoker recognizes as the trappings of an occult ritual.

Someone is conjuring up a pernicious plot against cast and crew of the Lyceum, and if Harry doesn’t track down the slaying sorcerer quickly, it could spell disaster for those he holds dearest…


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