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The Bullet Catch

(An Eli Marks Mystery #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Newly-single magician Eli Marks reluctantly attends his high school reunion against his better judgment, only to become entangled in two deadly encounters with his former classmates. The first is the fatal mugging of an old crush’s husband, followed by the suspicious deaths of the victim’s business associates.

At the same time, Eli also comes to the aid of a classmate-turn
Paperback, 282 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Henery Press
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Teresa Watson
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eli Marks is working in Uncle Harry’s magic shop when his old high school friend, Jake North, shows up in disguise. He’s in town to shoot scenes for his new movie about Terry Alexander, aka the Cloaked Conjurer. Alexander revealed the secrets to magicians’ tricks, which broke the cardinal rule of magic: never reveal how the trick is done. Unfortunately for Alexander, doing this ruined his career. He died doing a trick called “The Bullet Catch”. It’s the last scene scheduled to be filled, and Jak ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, crime
Magic, movies and murder...

When stage magician Eli Marks is talked into attending his High School reunion by an old friend, Jake North, he suddenly finds himself entangled in two potentially deadly situations. An up-and-coming actor, Jake is in the middle of shooting a film about a magic trick that went wrong, resulting in the death of the magician. But Jake fears that someone is out to kill him and means to do so during the filming of the trick. So he asks Eli to come along as his magic consult
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is hilarious. If you liked the television series Monk or The Mentalist, you will like this.
Mark Baker
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Eli’s high school friend Jake is in town making a movie about a magician who dies during a performance of the dangerous bullet catch illusion. Only Jake thinks that someone is going to kill him when they film that scene, and he asks Eli, a magician, to help prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, Eli reconnects with his high school crush, Trish, as their reunion only to have Trish’s husband be murdered the next morning. Can Eli solve the crime?

With two mysteries happening at once, this book neve
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Galley and Henery Press for also owing me to yet again enjoy a great book. Here is my honest review.

This was my first book by John Gaspard and it did not disappoint. While at first I thought it was going to be all about the slight of hand, etc. of magicians and that was it, I was wrong. It actually did have a pretty good story with many subplots going on. I was definitely entertained and really enjoyed reading the book. I read it all in one sitting because it was pretty short, les
“This is an instant classic, in a league with Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Arthur Conan Doyle.” – John Lehman, Rosebud Book Reviews
DelAnne Frazee
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: THE BULLET CATCH - Eli Marks Mystery Book 2
Author: John Gaspar
Published: 11-4-2014
Publisher: Henery Press
Pages: 264
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuth; Humor; Craft & Hobbies, British Detectives; Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 13: 9781940976433
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.25

I received a copy of "The Bullet Catch" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Joanne Ernest
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Bullet Catch by John Gaspard

Eli Marks has always had acrophobia (fear of heights) but lately he was feeling something new each time he was anywhere near to an edge that was high up – his inner voice was telling him to jump and it was terrifying because he was afraid he would eventually listen to it. So he was, for the first time in his life, seeing a therapist to find out why and to stop it. So far it wasn't going particularly well. The therapist told him this was not that uncommon and asks
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes its best NOT to attend a HS reunion with an old friend that is now a handsome actor. They arrive and everyone surrounds the 'hunk' and Eli finds his way to a lonely table to have a drink and watch what is happening from a safe distance. The first person who spots him is now an insurance salesman, very jolly and friendly but they finally part ways and you'll never guess who sits by him next-give up? The Senior Prom queen, yes his HS crush. She looks lovely still and unlike Eli she isn't ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gosh I enjoy this series! This is the 2nd installment of the series that features Magician Eli Marks. Here we have some more magic tricks explained but not really given away. They also are integral to the plot and final resolution of the story. Here we see Eli going to his high school class reunion (something I have yet to do in 47 years!) and meeting an old classmate who is an actor and will be filming a movie in Minneapolis. He also runs into other characters who are central to the plot at the ...more
Michelle Padilla
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, giveaway-wins
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I enjoyed this mystery. This is the first book I have read from this series. There characters were well developed and the plop kept you guessing. I wish I had a little bit more background on main character but it wasn't necessary to get a feel for the main character Eli Marks. ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Not quite as good as the first one, but still good. Very affecting when one of the minor characters dies. Kind of suspected the killer all along, but it was still well revealed. I'd read the next one. ...more
John Stanley
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3, maybe more like 3 1/2 stars. Nothing really special about this book but it’s well written, easy reading, and just a very enjoyable story. A good filler until something better comes along (and the latest Leo Waterman story from G. M. Ford just showed up so that’s what’s next.) -JS
Great fun mystery with characters who make you laugh a lot. There is a real plot filled with twists, red herrings, and misdirections but it's the fun that I will remember at odd times!
The audio is narrated by Jim Cunningham who really adds to it all.
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most excellent sequel - as good, if not better, than the first. So, if you liked that, you'll love this. If you haven't read that one yet, you'll probably be okay reading this alone, but reading that one first will give you a richer experience. Awesome books. ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I found this to be an entertaining story, with great characters. Only wish I had read the first book in the series before finding this one. Look forward to more in this series.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I forgot how much I liked the first book in this series until I read the second one.
Randall J.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another terrifically fun Eli Marks mystery. I love the characters and the humor. Did not see the ending coming.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review for The Bullet Catch

I loved it! I couldn’t put it down! I’m so glad Eli and Megan are back together. This is a must read series! I can’t wait for the next book!
Ken Finlay
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chung Ling Soo (aka William Ellsworth Randolph, 56), was a magician whose tricks came to a sudden end when he died while performing the Bullet Catch. Many years ago I watched a TV documentary about it and have had a mild fascination with the trick ever since.
So, a book concerning a film about the Bullet Catch was always going to be of interest.
And, without ever explaining a thing author John Gaspard draws us in to the world of magic and magicians, and film makers and killers.
I was surprised to r
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Heather Hopkins
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the world of magic, the Bullet Catch is an illusion in which a magician appears to catch a bullet fired directly at him. The magician catches the bullet in his mouth or, sometimes, his hand.

In John Gaspard’s novel, The Bullet Catch, Chicago magician Eli Marks has one possible murder to solve and yet another murder to prevent.

When Eli reluctantly attends his 15-year reunion, he feels he finally appears on the radar of his once unapproachable high school crush, Trish– after all, her shady husba
Mary Brown
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Newly-single magician Eli Marks reluctantly attends his high school reunion against his better judgment, only to become entangled in two deadly encounters with his former classmates. The first is the fatal mugging of an old crush’s husband, followed by the suspicious deaths of the victim’s business associates.

At the same time, Eli also comes to the aid of a classmate-turned-movie-star who fears that attempting The Bullet Catch in an upcoming movie may be his last performance. As the bo
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I was provided with a review copy for my honest, unbiased opinion)

Great addition to the series, but important to read The Ambitious Card first for background.

In this installment, we get a main plot, focusing on murders centered around the high school reunion Eli attends at the start of the story, as well as a secondary subplot connected to his high school friend (now a famous actor) Jake's being in town to film a movie, with Eli as a consultant on the magic angle. I found the latte
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I like magic shows so a book about a magician solving crimes is good. I did guess part of the killer. Their were some twists I did not see coming at all. So lots of suspense. I did like the characters. Especially the magicians. The plot was different one.

Eli Marks is a divorced Magician. He has moved back by his Uncle in an apartment upstairs from the his magic store. Right now he does not have a girl friend because they are taking a break.

Jake is a tv star in town making a movie about
Judy Lesley
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
This is the second book in the Eli Marks Mystery series, following The Ambitious Card. In this novel Eli and his girlfriend, Megan, are “taking a break” from their relationship so Eli finds himself at somewhat of a loose end. When Jake, a friend from high school, drops by the magic shop in full disguise Eli listens to him explain why he thinks someone is going to kill him because of the movie he’s making. A low budget movie needs something to give it a kick start and what better kick than for th ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Bullet Catch was true to its subgenre - a cozy mystery, and a good one at that. John Gaspard provided just the right amount of a light touch with his easy-to-read style, the setting, and the nature of the story.

I liked part of the story taking place on a film set, with of course all the goings-on being similar to a soap opera. I also liked the idea that it was set in Minneapolis, but it didn't pan out as expected. Those familiar with Minneapolis will appreciate the street names; but other t
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Magician Eli Marks is about to take the stage for a life-or-death performance. But it isn't his life on the line. High school friend turned semi-famous actor Jake North is back in their Minnesota hometown to film an indie picture about an infamous magician who was killed while attempting an equally infamous trick called The Bullet Catch.

"The gun would be aimed at him and fired.

"The bullet would pass through the window, shattering the glass.

"In that same instant Terry [the magician Jake would por
M.M. Hudson
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Believe it or not, in my past history, I have been an amateur magician along with my Dad. So, it is with that and liking a good mystery that I approached this book. Here we have it all. Two murders, one attempted murder and a who-done-it that should be of epic proportions.

But it wasn't.

This is where I thought the author might have failed because I was able to figure our the mystery part of the book way to soon. Then again, the author did have a bit of a twist to the killer which caught me off g
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Good, detailed mysteries, bit heavy on magic and movie references.

This is a joint review for The Bullet Catch and the Miser's Dream. I received copies of
both in exchange for my honest review from Netgalley. I had not read The Ambitious Card (#1 in the series), but The Bullet Catch gives a brief synopsis at the beginning, not that it was really necessary. This series has a noirish feel to me and, especially when I was reading The Bullet Catch, I was surprised to remember it takes place in contem
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In real life, John’s not a magician, but he has directed six low-budget features that cost very little and made even less – that’s no small trick. He's also written multiple books on the subject of low-budget filmmaking. Ironically, they’ve made more than the films.

His blog, "Fast, Cheap Movie Thoughts,” (http://fastcheapmoviethoughts.blogspo...) has been named "One of the 50 Best Blogs for Moviem

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