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A Touch Of Magic

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A dazzling sleight-of-hand artist is recruited by the State Department to pit her skills – and wits – against a master terrorist. He’s about to receive a piece of stolen film used to make US passports, film that could open the door to terrorists around the world.

Although Channing Stuart is the fourth generation in a family of acclaimed magicians, she’s the first of them n
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Tuesday House (first published December 1st 1987)
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Holly Ice
May 23, 2013 Holly Ice rated it really liked it
This was a good read. It had romance, intrigue, some cool magic tricks, family angst and some great characters. The plot was also good although I think the female villain could have done with a little more filling out.

There was nothing overall wrong with the story really and yet I still felt it was missing something. I was not left with much after reading it and I think I should have been. Some thought or feeling should have remained: it usually does with a great book.

Perhaps I wanted more of a
M. Locke
Jun 09, 2012 M. Locke rated it it was amazing
I have been looking for some time for a book that was the wonderful mix of romance and suspense that I found in Mary Stewart's contemporary fiction, and A Touch of Magic gave me all that I hoped for.

The heroine, Channing Stuart, is a woman who has thrown herself into work to avoid getting hurt, but when she gets caught up in a terrorist plot she has to learn to trust herself again and listen to her heart. Special Agent Bill Ellery is all that you want in a romantic lead, and the tension between
May 11, 2013 Ukgardenfiend rated it liked it
This is the second book I have read recently about a female stage magician involved in FBI work - an interesting new twist on the skills required to be a spy or an investigator...
I got a little uninterested in the story just after half-way through as it seemed to take a long time to get to the finale, and yet the final scenes seemed to me , to be dismissed rather quickly - especially as these were what the book had been leading up to all along.
I really thought more could have been made of them.
May 31, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Action, adventure, terrorist plots, a pinch of romance and a bit of magic to go along with it. A Touch of Magic was a great read.

I loved that the points of view were not only given from the lead character but from the others as well. I have to admit it was a bit hard to read from the terrorist points of view but it did give the book a more realistic feel.

The descriptions and details in the book make you feel like you're actually there. It gives just enough detail to the setting to create a great
Nov 20, 2012 Jayne rated it it was amazing

What a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed this book much more than i had anticipated.

I'll admit, I had gone in thinking this would be a light read, but the depth really impressed me. These characters are fully formed: they know their minds, they have their codes, and they don't let doubt get them own. I must say, it's been a while since I've encountered characters whose self-confidence was truly deserved. Channing and Ellery were delightful.

The suspense aspect was also interesting. I've read a fe
Jun 17, 2013 Shinyfox rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This book was a fairly light read and it was just 'ok' in my opinion. I can't put my finger on what gave me that feeling. Overall the plot was good, but when I finally finished it I was left with a feeling of emptiness. Like something was missing from my experience. It's a very strange feeling and one I don't often get when I am reading a book.

The book had action, plenty of it and it did have some romance (not exactly the amount I expected in this book though, not even at the end) and I
Dec 27, 2011 T rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Channing Stuart was born into a family of magicians, but chose not to make that her occupation - until an old magician friend is killed right before her eyes. As she partners with the law to help identify the Bad Guys, along the way she adopts the little boy that her old friend was likely to train as a magician and rediscovers her love of magic.
Jenny Conti
Oct 03, 2014 Jenny Conti rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I downloaded while on vacation, as I have enjoyed Ms. Myers' other books. She creates really fun heroines; smart, independent and fearless!

Looking forward to more about this character.
Michelle Parker
Jan 29, 2013 Michelle Parker rated it liked it
This book reminded me why I can't read adventure stories unless I have a lot of time to spend reading at one time. I had to see what was happening! I put only three stars because I don't like swearing and I didn't know there would be any in it, especially the f-bomb.
Jun 19, 2014 Marty rated it liked it
Channing Stuart is the first of her family of magicians not to become a professional magician. Channing finds herself working for the FBI in finding a dangerous criminal and using her magic skills to help the government. Good easy read
Jerry Blackerby
Apr 08, 2014 Jerry Blackerby rated it it was amazing
I love books with a magician as the main character. This book was awesome. It could be the first of a series, but I cannot find any others about the main character, Channing Stuart, even though this one was written in 1987, I think.
Bridget Coyle
Apr 27, 2014 Bridget Coyle rated it it was ok
Quite a slow start which made it difficult to read but about three quarters through the pace picked up enough to make skimming through it to finish it feasible. Just not an attention getter to me.
James Saunders
Feb 17, 2014 James Saunders rated it it was amazing
A Touch of Magic

This is an irritating book. It was slow in spots with background information. Then the tension began to build. I couldn't stop till it was read.
Julia Walker
Jul 13, 2013 Julia Walker rated it really liked it
Very fun read - love the magic touch! Thanks Jenny for reading it first!
Jun 16, 2012 Dannye rated it it was amazing
It was the first time in a long time that a story has compelled me to carve out time to find out what happens next.
jackie frye
May 11, 2013 jackie frye rated it really liked it
A clever book that kept me guessing until the end, a touch of romance and a bit of action.
Apr 21, 2015 Marjorie rated it really liked it
This is a reissue of an old story she wrote quite a few years ago. It could use some polishing up but it's still a great story.
Aaron Dubin
Mar 02, 2015 Aaron Dubin rated it really liked it
Really bummed this could not have been a series, but as a standalone I enjoyed it very much. Rich characters and a great original story.
Jun 17, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Recommended to Linda by: Net Galley
Shelves: e-book, kindle
Jun 28, 2013 Jennie rated it really liked it
An interesting edge - really hope this series makes it as the set up novel was wonderful.
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M. Ruth Myers is a Shamus Award winning mystery writer. Her Maggie Sullivan mystery series features a Depression era private eye in Dayton, Ohio.

Other novels by the author, who has also written as Mary Ruth Myers, have been translated, optioned for television and condensed in Good Housekeeping. They also have been used in college classes in Japan. She has taught at writers’ conferences across the
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