"Master of Illusion" By Nupur Tustin: Review/Giveaway

by Doward Wilson

Details on how to win an ebook copy of this book at the end of the review and a link to purchase it.

Celine Skye has been free of psychic visions for seven years until The Lady, who shows her death, is coming suddenly back in a new vision. This time the vision involves Celine's boss, Dirck Thins, owner of the Delft Coffee & Wine Bar.

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Closing time has come and Celine and Dirck have only one customer left, Greg, a visitor from Boston. The Lady hasn't shown Celine who will die, but Celine knows someone they are with is going to. Dirck insists Celine go home and leave him to finish closing up, but he entrusts her with a small package to take home with her to the winery that he and his late partner John Mechelen own and where she has a cottage. With the help of her Spirit Guide, her former teacher, Sister Mary Catherine, Celine finds a ready made hiding place for the package. Then as she settles into sleep she has a vision of Dirck asking for his medication that she had picked up for him earlier that day. Celine rushes back to the bar only to find Dirck's tortured and dead body. The Lady had been right after all. Celine is surprised to find that she has inherited the winery and bar and is determined to find Dirck's killer.

As she investigates, she starts to work with a retired woman FBI agent who is a guest at the winery. Celine learns that Dirck's background isn't what it seemed and that he apparently had a connection to the famous art heist at Boston's Gardner Museum several years earlier. Can Celine and the FBI solve the puzzle that is Dirck Thins and his dead partner John Mechelen? With the spirit help of Sister Mary Catherine, Celine is determined to get to the truth of the matter.

I really enjoyed this stunning mystery and highly recommend it. The supernatural aspect is very well done and really ties the story line together. The characters are well drawn and defined. This a fantastic take on what might have been in regards to the real life and never solved art theft at the Gardner Art Museum.

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Doward Wilson is a retired and avid cozy, paranormal, and adventure reader who can’t say no to most books. He recently moved from Independence, Missouri to Gladbrook, Iowa. Located in Central Iowa, Gladbrook (population 900+) is small town, rural farming at its best.

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  1. Sounds intriguing. Would love to read
    this one. thanks

  2. Just when she thought she was out, she gets pulled back in!

  3. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

  4. I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  5. I've always been fascinated by the Gardner Museum Heist, maybe because I'm originally from that area. Many authors have found success wrapping a story around this as-yet-unsolved theft and I look forward to reading this take on it.

  6. Looks like a great read! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com


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