Murder and Magic

Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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This Sidewise Award-winning series starring detective Lord Darcy and his sorcerer sidekick, Sean O Lochlainn, takes us into an alternate reality where Richard the Lionheart’s descendants rule the Anglo-French Empire and the laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics. Murder and Magic, comprised of the first four stories of the acclaimed Lord Darcy series, finds Lord Darcy solving murders using his wits, a keen eye for observation, and a few choice magic tricks.

In “The Eyes Have it,” Lord Darcy must figure out who killed the taciturn playboy, the Count D’Evreux.

In the political thriller “A Case of Identity,” Lord Darcy picks apart the disappearance of the Marquis of Cherbourg, especially mysterious considering the escalating cold war with Poland.

Lord Darcy and Master Sean investigate a body coated in blue paint already occupying a coffin built for the late Duke of Kent in “The Muddle of the Woad.”

Literary humor is at the heart of “In a Stretch of the Imagination,” where the head of an important publishing house commits suicide under suspicious circumstances.
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About the author

Vicki Ann Heydron met Randall Garrett in 1975. In 1978, they were married, and also began planning the Gandalara Cycle. A broad outline for the entire Cycle had been completed, and a draft of The Steel of Raithskar nearly finished, when Randall suffered serious and permanent injury. Working from their outline, Vicki completed the Cycle. Of all seven books, Vicki feels that The River Wall is most uniquely hers. The other titles in the Cycle are The Glass of Dyskornis, The Bronze of Eddarta, The Well of Darkness, The Search for Kä, and Return to Eddarta.

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Publisher
Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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Published on
Oct 9, 2013
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Pages
188
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ISBN
9781625670212
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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This content is DRM protected.
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Randall Garrett
If King Richard the Lionheart hadn’t died in 1199 and his descendants ruled the Anglo-French Empire, castles would be illuminated by lantern light and long distance conversation would be held by way of “telesin.” In the world of detective Lord Darcy and his sidekick, sorcerer Sean O’Lochlainn, it is a very different looking late 20th Century. The laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics, but it is Lord Darcy’s remarkable deductive reasoning skills that answer “whodunnit.”

"A Matter of Gravity" (1974)
When a magically talentless count falls from a tower window in a locked room, Lord Darcy and Master Sean recreate the moment of impact to prove murder. What they uncover turns out to be both absolutely real and absolutely deadly.

"The Ipswich Phial" (1976)
In this political thriller, a secret agent’s dead body is found on a beach with no footsteps in any direction. Love potions, beautiful Polish spies, and the disappearance of the sun itself all spin a complicated web Lord Darcy must untangle.

"The Sixteen Keys" (1976)
When Lord Vauxhall is found dead in his home, it isn’t the idea that he’s been murdered that’s so shocking. It’s that he appears to have aged fifty years in an hour. The explanation is rooted in a desire as old as humanity itself.

"The Napoli Express" (1979)
Winner of the 1980 Locus Pole Award for Best Novella, this story infuses magic and humor in Garret’s homage to Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. When a murder on the Napoli Express interrupts Lord Darcy’s delivery of a secret treaty, the world’s safety hangs in the balance.
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