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Murder in the Magick Club by Byron A. Lorrier
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Sep 10, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: review-copy, released, read-in-2009

The blurb for Murder at the Magick Club by Byron A. Lorrier begins: "'Pure porn!' the critics cry. 'Throw it on the fire!' Murder in the Magick Club is an occult-themed murder mystery; perfect for your next banned-book bonfire. Oh how I wish it were that good, that shocking or even that interesting. It isn't.

Pornography is " The representation in books, magazines, photographs, films, and other media of scenes of sexual behavior that are erotic or lewd and are designed to arouse sexual interest." With our Puritan roots it also typically carries a negative, harmful connotation.

What Murder at the Magick Club offers instead of pornography is a filthy restaurant that desperately needs Gordon Ramsay. It has a disinterested owner and stoner employees and odd ball regulars. There's also a murder in the alley but frankly the plot couldn't get it's act together enough that I'm not sure what the point of the murder was. Instead of plot we get the owner rambling on and on about useless details. It's all tell tell tell with some time to laugh at his own stupid jokes.

I stopped reading about a third of the way through the novel.

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