Master of Illusion
A Celine Skye Psychic Mystery
by Nupur Tustin
About Master of Illusion
Cozy Mystery/Psychic Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Foiled Plots Press (July 28, 2020)
Paperback: 292 pages
Digital ASIN: B08BTFMTJS
When death arrives in Paso Robles, so do clues to an infamous art heist in Boston. . .
For seven years, psychic Celine Skye has led a life free of visions in quiet Paso Robles. But now the visions are back. Along with a dubious customer from Boston.
Celine has always been able to sense death. But not even she can foresee her employer Dirck’s murder. Finding his corpse in the wine bar he owns is bad enough.
Grappling with the suspicion that Dirck’s death could be connected with the Gardner Museum heist is even worse.
As Celine struggles to make sense of the psychic clues she receives, there’s just one question in her mind: What exactly did Dirck know about the Gardner Museum heist to get himself killed?
About Nupur Tustin
Master of Illusion by Nupur Tustin has Celine Skye embroiled in a mystery after the death of her boss, Dirck Thins. Celine works with ex-FBI agent, Julia Hood to unravel the clues and interpret her psychic visions so they can catch the bad guys. Master of Illusion takes us to Paso Rubles, California where Celine Skye works as the marketing manager for Delft Coffee and Wine Bar. It has been seven years since she experienced psychic visions. When the Lady appears one night while she is working, Celine knows that someone will soon die. I thought Master of Illusion as well-written with an interesting main character. I liked the inclusion of the psychic element. It made the story more intriguing. Sister Mary Catherine is a wise woman and a fun “character”. The murder of Celine’s boss, Dirck is related to an art heist that took place at the Gardner Museum in 1990 in Boston. The mystery is complex. There is action that helps move the plot forward and keep readers riveted. It is different from mysteries normally featured in cozy mysteries. I can tell the author did her research with all the details she included. I enjoyed learning about Vermeer and his paintings. The whodunit had a good resolution. I would have liked more information on Celine. We know her present circumstances, but I want more background information on Celine. There is some foul language in the book which mostly from Agent Blake Markham. Master of Illusion is a multifaceted mystery with pilfered paintings, wonderful wine, various visions, a secret sanctuary, and a puzzled psychic.
|A Concert by Johannes Vermeer (stolen)|
A drunken customer sees a portrait of Dirck Thins’ dead partner in Celine’s wine bar and makes a strange assertion:
“Tha’s wha’ the feds think. Not tha’ the heist was solved. Never will be, if you ask me.”
Greg wiped his mouth. “Word is, Earl an’ a frien’ were charged with transpaw’ing the loot. A few days after the Gah’ner was broken into, Earl and his friend Duarte died. Biggest cah crash you ever saw. Cah went up in flames as did the aht.”
|One of stolen paintings used to hang here in Gardner Museum|
Close a case as quickly as possible
|Sketch of alleged suspects in Gardner heist|
|Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt (stolen)|
Master of Illusion is available from Amazon, Nook, Apple, and Kobo. Visions of Murder is a prequel to A Celine Skye Psychic Mystery series. Would you like to win a print copy (U.S. Only) of Master of Illusion? Click to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below. Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry. Good Luck! For more information on the Gardner Heist, click here. Thank you for stopping by today. Tomorrow I am featuring When I Was You by Amber Garza. I hope that you have a magical day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
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|One of the stolen paintings used to reside in this frame|
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