The Floating Lady Murder: A Harry Houdini Mystery (Harry Houdini Mysteries)

Written by Daniel Stashower
Review by Rosemary Edghill

This sequel to The Dime Museum Murders is second in a mystery series featuring struggling young stage illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini (1874-1926) and his brother and publicist, Dash Hardeen. Interestingly for an entry in the “celebrity detective” genre, Dash (the first-person narrator) seems to be the brains of the detecting, while Houdini comes off as a bit oblivious to all but his career.

When Harry and Dash go to work for famous illusionist Harry Kellar (also a historical character) to attempt to perfect the Floating Lady illusion, the last thing that they expect is that it will kill Kellar’s assistant — nor that she will have died by drowning.

Slight but amusing, more for mystery fans than historical novel readers. A lot of tidbits about period magic but not a huge amount of period color.