The Illusion of Murder, Paperback

The Illusion of Murder Paperback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In the bustling harbour city of Port Said, Nellie witnesses a mysterious death and this makes her a target for a killer and involves her in international intrigue with the fate of nations at stake.

On her journey from the Land of the Pharaohs to the exotic Orient, Nellie meets the most famous magicians in the world, legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt, and Frederick Selous, the real life inspiration for Rider Haggard's hero in King Solomon's Mines and for Indiana Jones.

As magicians conjure the fantasy and a spiritualist raises the dead, Nellie discovers that the deadly plot begun in Egypt has tentacles around the world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340978443



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This is one of those ideas with a lot of potential which doesn’t quite work: McCleary has based her series on the adventures of the real-life investigative reporter Nellie Bly, one of those amazing larger than life characters in which the 19th Century specialized.Nellie was determined to break Jules Verne’s fictional 80 day round the world record and set off from New York with just a small portmanteau, returning 72 days later: this fictional account of her journey pits her against characters real – Sarah Bernhardt and Frederick Selous – and imagined as she witnesses murders and survives attempts on her life while circumnavigating the world and foils the attempted assassination of the Prince of Wales.

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An excellent story that is very difficult to put down once started. Because of the travel element the plot holds the interest of the reader right to the end. Nellie Bly is an interesting choice for an amateur detective. The descriptions of different parts of the World on the journey 'Round the World' are interesting in themselves.