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The Magician's Angel

(The Christmas Angel #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend lives for the spotlight. His chance at big time stardom awaits him in Chicago, the next stop on the circuit after the little town of Twelfth Junction.

Edward Smith wants nothing to do with his family's theater. Until Christopher catches his eye on opening night, then treats him to a very special performance during intermission.

ebook, 108 pages
Published December 2nd 2018 by Jordan L. Hawk
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The Magician's Angel by Jordan L. Hawk was a super satisfying historical romance that really packed a punch.

Novellas are SO hard to write, and I'm not a big mystery fan, so I was surprised at how much I liked this one.

The story had a very atmospheric vibe, and I got a great sense of the time-period, the worn-down theater setting, and the seasoned vaudeville performers.

Like all of the books in the Christmas Angel series, there is the loose tie-in of the angel figurine and the holiday setting.
2.5 Stars

I’m not sure what went wrong for me here, but I daresay this is the first time I’ve ever felt dispassionate about a Jordan L. Hawk story.

My indifference probably stems from a couple of factors – the first being that, although I’m a huge fan of historical romances in general, I’m not really keen on the whole vaudeville scene or magician MCs.

Secondly, there was a mystery/whodunit component to the plot, which took up most of the page time, which just didn’t grab my attention. This reacti
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3 Hearts

Well… apparently this historical murder mystery just did not do it for me as much as the first two novellas in this charming series of loosely connected stories about a benevolent wooden angel who helps people find love.

However, if you like said historical plus murder mystery then I don’t think one will find much fault if any, and that is evident in the many glowing reviews already out there.

For me, things proceeded a bit too quickly without the whimsical magic from the decorative ange
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A murder mystery just after the turn of the 20th century brings the Christmas Angel to a small town in the middle of nowhere America and to a theatre struggling to survive.

This one wasn't as sweet as the previous two have been, murder does put a damper on thriving relationship development, but it still had some lovely moments.

Edward was a lovely character, staid and practical and very much out of love with the family theatre. Christopher was a rogue of the best kind, the ones who are hoping to s
Anyta Sunday
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm totally in love with this author's style. The Magician's Angel is paced and plotted perfectly and I loved how the mystery and character arcs worked together.

There is something simply magic about this that really worked for me. Another reviewer mentioned reading this with a sepia filter and I think that's apt. Loved it! <3
Ula'ndi Hart
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall book rating: 3.5
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3

Sadly this one did not make my heart beat fluff like the previous two.

Don’t get me wrong. I did enjoy it. I liked both Edward and Christopher, but it didn’t quite have the feel of the others regarding the magic of the angel. It kinda felt as if she was inserted just to make sure there was a mention? It could be just me. And for that I apologise.

It was way more of a mystery than the rest, and if you like solving murders and magic tricks I don
⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
3.5 Stars

Well, it's a good thing I read this before my New Year's Resolution kicks in; starting in January I'm rounding down if I can't make a good case for a more favorable rating.

'Cause see, this one didn't feel very historical (despite the mention of train travel & lack of many cars, theatres and Vaudeville, etc.) and an incongruous use of "spunk" as sperm which threw me out of the story for about an hour as I tried to research the etymological use of that word and couldn't find any refer
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Karen by: Anne Boleyn's Ghost
It's time for a little Christmas...

magic? or maybe must some good old fashioned murder and mayhem!

'The Magician's Angel' is the third book in the series "Christmas Angel" and it's Jordan L. Hawk's contribution to this series as each book is written by a different author. I was gifted this story by my friend Anne and as Anne will atest to, that was a bit of an adventure all it's own but we persevered and I got to read an enchanting holiday story that was surprisingly also an historical story...
Dec 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd is a sneaky, crafty elf and snuck this amazing prezzie into my christmas stocking. Thank you!!!!!
Again, the so very kind Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd is giving me a warm, Christmas glow! Thank you so much for the gift!! <3


I really enjoyed this, the mystery as well as the romance. I'm loving following the angel as she makes her way through the lives of these men! <3

Thanks again to my sweet Elf sleuthing a la Elmer Fudd for the book, I loved it! xxx
Chris, the Dalek King
In a dying town, inside a dying theater, there is–fittingly enough–a dead body. And not one that can be explained away as a magician’s trick or a stage prop. Nope, there is a dead body, inside a trick compartment, and Christopher Fiend is in some big trouble because of it. Seeing how he is the owner of the very prop housing said dead man. With an inept policeman no doubt eager to just make the case go away, and a career-making meeting looming over him, he sets out with Edward Smith–brother of th ...more
Roxana Chirilă
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun, Christmas-y read, with a bit of a mystery thrown in over the romance.

Twelfth Junction is a small town - it was meant to be bigger, but then things happened and it just never grew. Hell, it never became a real junction, even, and there's only a single train line running through it, so it's basically the back end of nowhere.

The theater is slowly dying, too, and the owner calls what will probably be the last performers to ever come there. The owner's brother and the town accountant, Edward,
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well done whodonit in backwater Iowa with a lovely romance as an addition. I totally enjoyed that the angel theme of this series is low key for a change (although I wouldn't mind to have it more in the focus again in the next book) and it didn't matter that the homophobia of that time had no chance to burst the old-fashioned mystery bubble in which Christopher's and Edward's love unfolded. Do I dare complaining about it's shortness?
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Jordan Hawk and this book lived up to my expectations! Perfect mix of magic, romance and a little mystery.

It sounds like all of these Christmas Angel stories will be a great read this holiday season 💞 Off to the next one...
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, holidays, shorts
A lovely story that incorporates Christmas, murder, a stage magician, and an accountant. Not to mention a good luck angel. Although there's a bit of instalove, it is smoothed out by the end of the story. I did have part of the mystery figured out from the start, but that isn't really why I was reading this anyway so it wasn't much of an issue.

Sweet, with a bit of bite, a wonderful story for the holidays.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good Christmas romance and I'm glad I read it, although I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I usually enjoy this author's work. The angel's role in this story is much subtler than in Summerfield's Angel; this book doesn't really seem like fantasy. But this one is also about a pair of men who are an unlikely couple, this time for personal reasons, rather than due to social class.

Christopher is a Vaudeville magician who has spent his whole life on the road, while Edward is a small-town a
Serena Yates
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This third book of the seven-book series about a wooden Christmas Angel is set in 1910, and the wooden angel at the heart of this series has made it from London (where she was handcrafted in 1750) to New York and Port Angeles in 1888, where a travelling magician bought her and made her part of his holiday act. She still has men’s happiness as her central “mission” and she has picked another tough pairing for this third adventure. Christopher is a travelling magician who is about to make it big, ...more
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Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A slight (and welcomed) change of pace from Jordan L Hawk. An old fashioned whodunnit set in a remote Iowa town precariously perched on the lower tier of the early 1900’s Vaudeville circuit at Christmastime.

A murder takes place and love blooms in it’s wake. No paranormal activity here, I suppose you could argue the love part, no Lovecraftian monsters. Just a mystery, suspects, alibis, and two men finding each other with the tiniest bit of help from an angel.

A perfect Christmas mystery from one

3.75 ⭐

I liked both Chris and Edward and enjoyed the who done it. I liked seeing Edward brought back into the theatre and back into helping his brother achieve his dreams. The supporting characters were well done.
~ 3.5 stars ~


I don't even know what is happening right now...
Like seriously... Impatient Elf has rendered me speechless!!
I just came home to find not 1, not 2, not 3, but 7 books in my inbox!!!
Christmas Angel, Summerfield's Angel, A Soldier's Wish, Santa Daddy, The Magician's Angel, Christmas Prince, and Christmas Homecoming
I'm grateful beyond words for all this Christmas fluffiness <3<3<3<3
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

Vaudeville stage magician Christopher Fiend is performing in the little town of Twelfth Junction. Next stop is Chicago where he will audition for the big time, his hopes set on a career in a venue as big as New York City. Edward Smith’s brother not only owns the theater, he lives and breathes it, but Edward wants nothing to do with theater. When he spots the green carnation in Christophe
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Angel has now traveled to Iowa in 1910 as part of Christopher Fiend’s vaudeville magic act. This time around we have a murder mystery, and honestly I’m not usually one to seek out whodunit stories. But the author’s writing is strong and I was definitely kept guessing as to who the culprit was for most of the book.

Christopher’s on-the-road life as a traveling vaudeville act means he’s not usually in one place for long…which makes it virtually impossible to form a solid, ongoing int
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, mm
You guys... I love Jordan L Hawk... for reals.

Where book two threw me off because it was not the classic Kim Fielding I am used to, book three shown through with true and classic Hawk fashion, with maybe a little less blood...

Christopher is a saucy magician that’s lived his life on the stage and on a train. He’s pretty much always in motion and has never settled down.

Edward is a boring account with a little bit of pudge 🙃 that grew up in his fathers small town theatre and has grown to want not
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
So we have now moved in to 1910 and the Angel is with a travelling magician in Iowa.
She is with Christopher but this time doesn't seem as instrumental in getting her together with Edward.
This story turns into a fairly good murder mystery. I did have an inkling of whodunnit and how but still wasn't 100% sure until the unveil at the end.
A nice way to spend an hour or two on a winter's afternoon.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
1. I liked the main characters.
2. The mystery wasn’t Hawk’s best but it was enough to keep me engaged.
3. It was a historical story and I liked the era.
4. The Christmas feel was middle-of-the-road. As much as grown adults with no children can get.
5. I was satisfied with the conclusion and epilogue.
6. The Angel did her thing.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Moving forward a couple of decades and across the country, our beloved wooden angel has her work cut out for her…yet again. She left her perch in the storefront window to become part of a magician’s box of tricks. Christopher Fiend has been searching for his big break and the brief stop in a small town in Iowa can’t speed by fast enough. He’s on his way to Chicago for a chance of a lifetime. He’s focused on harefooting it out of there and moving on to the fame and fortune he knows he deserves. A ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The backdrop for this story was back in the early 1900's during the vaudevillian era and told in third person, which created an interesting mood for me. Add in the mystery of a murder and it felt like I was in a dinner theater mystery. There was a distinct depth of story with a sepia filter in my head. I loved that aspect.

Christopher Fiend is a magician on his way to the big time. It's a few days before Christmas and he's got a show in Twelfth Junction and then he's off to Chicago where he's got
2.5 stars. Review to come
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Jordan L. Hawk is a non-binary queer author from North Carolina. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave them a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When they aren’t writing, they brew their own beer and try to keep the cats from destroying the house. Their best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, ...more

Other books in the series

The Christmas Angel (7 books)
  • Christmas Angel (The Christmas Angel #1)
  • Summerfield's Angel (The Christmas Angel, #2)
  • Christmas Homecoming
  • A Soldier's Wish
  • Shrewd Angel
  • Christmas Prince