A Deadly Game of Magic

A Deadly Game of Magic A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon

Non-spoiler review

Author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Age: YA

POV: 1st person from Leisa perspective

Summary: Four kids coming back from a school competition end up having to drive through a bad storm. Soon the car broke down and they have to take shelter in an abandon house that belong to a magician’s widow. 

Review: The amount of suspense has me reading this late into the night. The character development of these four teens starting as strangers place together to work on a school project. By the end becoming close, evening friends.
Tension is played out nicely. Settle at first to unsettling, then a final climax. The mystery is solved within nine chapters. There another mystery at play ending in a gruesome fashion.

spoiler: Throughout the story the kids were questioning weather the old did came back or not. Carefully hinted that she been murder by her ex-husband. 

I like how the mystery is not spoon fed to the reader. Each of the characters came together and solve the mystery. As the reader you have go along with what they came up with. Leaving some room for variations.


Leisa: tries to keep everyone together and stay optimistic. Feels pressure to be as good as her older siblings.

Teena: Outspoken and wants to be a lawyer.

Bo: Is a football player. Wants to just live a simple life.

Julian: His parents want him to be a doctor but, he wants to be a dancer.

All of these characteristics come in to play in the story.

The story relies more on atmospheric than action. There are some slow parts but, if you invested in the suspense and mystery the result will be shocking.
I have noticed that a lot of good mysteries are slow. It shows that you don’t need tons of actions to build up suspense.


Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Bonus Points:

+1 – compelling mystery. At times I felt scare of what going to happen next.

Total: 16/20

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