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The Amazing Harvey: A Mystery

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Struggling magician Harvey Kendall is suspected of a murder he could not have committed, and he must now use his talents to pull off the greatest escape of his career, in a novel by Don Passman

On the brink of stardom, struggling magician Harvey Kendall is fingered in a vicious murder when his DNA is found on the victim, placing him at the scene of the crime. With one unexp
ebook, 336 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Jan 28, 2017 Krissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, magic
Fun little mystery. Good characters. Harvey and Hannah were interesting (but I wasn't a huge fan of Carly.) Loved Lisa the Magic Cockatiel. Also enjoyed the Los Angeles setting. Have been dying to visit the Magic Castle for most of my life, and thought it was fun when Harvey did his magic show at the Sportsmen's Lodge. My sister-in-law and her husband had their wedding reception there and my husband and I loaded in equipment through the back entrance, just like Harvey did. It was fun to re-visit ...more
May 14, 2014 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harvey Kendall is a magician who is waiting for his big break. Unfortunately, this means he must work as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles, far from the greener pastures (for magicians anyway) of Las Vegas. He becomes the primary suspect in the murder of a woman he has never met. His DNA is found on the body. Armed with his magic skills (which make him a natural as a detective) Harvey now has to find the difference between illusion and reality. His life rides on it. This book works as a first ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Cecilya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i tried and tried to read this book. i only made it half way through within about half a month of reading. i read the little bit in the jacket "oh wow framed for murder - a magician - im so on board!" the murder really just feels like an after thought, and i wanted more of the focus to be there. Also, the main character, Harvey, is kind of a d-bag most of the time. THEN the discussion of the morality of abortion is brought up for a GOOD BIT of the book and yeah... i just couldn't do anymore. i w ...more
Dottie Gariti
Enjoyed this book and I look forward to many more with this character. I like self-deprecating humor a lot, and this one is full with it. Harvey is a struggling magician and the author goes a little overboard describing some of the tricks, sometimes the book could almost be a magician's manual, but it adds to the story. The way the crime is solved is a little, or a lot, contrived but the basic premise has been in some other mysteries lately so it was not surprise. In fact if someone watches crim ...more
Pix Smith
Jun 04, 2014 Pix Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad book. As a magician also, some of the stuff felt trite, and some felt a little precious, but all in all, the thinking of the main character is entirely believable. I thought the crime was an interesting one, the plot moved well, and very little of the story felt terribly contrived. I like it enough to want to see more of Harvey, so all in all, I call it a win.

Nothing heavy, some interesting thinking on the plot, and a set of folks that I'd definitely want to hang out with, and that mak
Aug 07, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I like a mystery story that trades on a unique characteristic of the protagonist, and this story delivered. The Amazing Harvey is accused of a crime and manages to use the skills he's learned as a magician to solve the case before he ends up in jail. I found the main character to be enjoyable. The characterizations were a little uneven - some characters seem nicely fleshed-out, while others felt a bit one-dimensional. But overall, this story was a solid beach read, without a doubt (even though m ...more
Kirk Hanley
Jul 21, 2014 Kirk Hanley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Amazing Harvey was a pleasant read, funny in a lot of places, with a mystery that really help together in the end. Harvey is a character I wouldn't mind spending time with again, and I hope this is the beginning of a series. That being said, I think the book could have used a bit of editing. It was a little repetitive in places and the pace was uneven. Some scenes breezed by and others were described in somewhat excruciating detail. But really, these are minor quibbles. If you want a light r ...more
May 08, 2014 Harold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I adore Don Passman, who is my law partner, so this review is probably biased, but this is a fun light read. A mystery, solved by a magician who performs at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, this is a breezy, cheeky, fun read. Don is a magician, both in prose and in life, and he knows tricks. If you live in LA the book is made even better by the familiarity of the landscape. All in all, a giggle.
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An very entertaining whodunit, with characters you really care about. The Amazing Harvey is a small-time professional magician, who supplements his income by substitute-teaching(in his magician's jacket with sequin lapels!). Harvey's everyday struggles become even more unpleasant, when his DNA is found in the body of a murder victim he has never met. This book is written with feeling, and a healthy dose of humor. I would recommend this book to anyone, not just mystery fans.
Harvey is a magician, but even he can't figure out how his DNA got into a murder victim he had never met. Needless to say, the cops believe the DNA is proof that Harvey is the killer. Even if you've got mirrors and cards up your sleeve, you won't figure out how this one was done until Harvey does. I'm hoping for sequels.
Apr 01, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A classic mystery where an innocent person is arrested for murder and sets out to prove they are innocent. The fact he is a magician and has to work a couple of shows adds a bit more fun. In the end, he gets off through a detail that is touched upon throughout the story. If I had been a doctor, I may have even figured some of it out earlier.
A light, fun read.
Nov 16, 2014 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Fun mystery that features a struggling magician who finds himself in a bit of trouble and has to use all the tricks he knows to get out of it. Here's my interview with the author:

Neil Szigethy
A very light summer read that was entertaining enough. Just a bit awkward in places and obviously not crafted by a master, it still held my interest and I have to admit the main characters were decently drawn. A good beach book, and maybe worth 2-1/2 stars.
Joan Leicht
May 20, 2014 Joan Leicht rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
This is a new author for me. I enjoyed the main character plot was interesting and had a good twist.
Jeri Gabrielson
Apr 25, 2014 Jeri Gabrielson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the brink of stardom, struggling magician Harvey Kendall is accused of murder when his DNA is found on the victim--a woman he has never met.
Mar 20, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Entertaining - interesting murder mystery based on DNA - insights into a magician's thought processes.
Feb 29, 2016 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy read but very dull, too many different plots and dynamics. If you like complex storylines this one will bore you but it was quirky and light so that made it easy to get through.
Steve Gross
The writing is uneven - long parts that don't seem to mean anything. It would have been passable except for the huge amount of profanity, 99% of it unnecessary. Harvey is not a nice person.
Jun 15, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story about a desperate magician mistakenly charged with murder. twists and turns along the way make this book worth reading.
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