An actress from the Lyceum Theatre has gone missing and a
request for help is made to theatre manager, Abraham
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
the story unfold through Harry's eyes. Bram is a heroic
figure, always calculating, and I like seeing him thrown
his game a bit with Sir Henry Irving fawning over the
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
about the Freemasons, the Tarot cards, and even the
Club as Bram and Harry try to uncover who is behind the
dastardly plot to destroy the Lyceum and all it stands
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.
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
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,
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
clues that Stoker recognizes as the trappings of an occult
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
he holds dearest…