Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases.

This week, I can't wait to read...

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

Release date: February 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Saga Press
Goodreads link: (click here)

Description from Goodreads

THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel.

Magic is powerful, dangerous and addictive - and after passage of the 18th Amendment, it is finally illegal.

It's 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city's magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters' crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer's shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC's most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family's home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

Through different paths, Joan and Alex tread deep into the violent, dangerous world of criminal magic - and when their paths cross at the Shaws' performance venue, despite their orders, and despite themselves, Joan and Alex become enchanted with one another. But when gang alliances begin to shift, the two sorcerers are forced to question their ultimate allegiances and motivations. And soon, Joan and Alex find themselves pitted against each other in a treacherous, heady game of cat-and-mouse.

A CRIMINAL MAGIC casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties.

Why I'm excited

This sounds SO cool!

Seriously, magic + The Roaring Twenties + mobsters + sorcerers + romance = 

Also, check out Lee Kelly's debut novel, City of Savages:

What are you waiting to read?

<3 Michelle


  1. I saw this one from last week's WoW and it sounds amazing! I hope you love it!

  2. That cover is awesome! Good pick!

  3. I really hope you get to read this one soon! Maybe you will snag an arc of it!

  4. I think I've seen this one around, and I feel like there was a reason I didn't add it to my TBR list but now I can't think why. It does sound interesting, but I think maybe it's not catching my attention quite enough. I hope you love it though!

  5. Never heard of this one. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. This one is new to me. thanks for sharing.
    Here is My WOW

  7. Never heard of this, but it caught my attention with just the cover alone. Nice pick!

    Shannon @ The Tale Temptress

  8. Ooo, I've not heard of this one! I see The Night Circus mentioned in the synopsis. *is instantly intrigued* I hope you enjoy this book when you read it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fabulous week, Michelle. :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  9. I've heard of this one, but I haven't heard much about it. Guess I should keep my eye on it. Nice pick!

    Christina @ Books & Prejudice

  10. Sounds interesting, though I've never heard of the author before I will be checking it out for sure. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog today (:

    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  11. I have not heard of this book or author before but great pick! I mean, who doesn't love magic? Thank you for sharing this gem to us!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Janina at the bookdragon

  12. You are right, this one sounds pretty awesome! Gotta love magic mixed with mobsters.

    My WoW

  13. I hadn't heard this one before but it sounds cool! Happy reading!
    Thanks for visiting me!
    Priyanka @ A Booklion's Hideaway

  14. Been seeing this one all over the place. Love the mix of magic and crime drama in the roaring twenties. Seems really interesting. Great pick!

  15. ohmy what. is. this. I haven't seen this before... sounds like an interesting read. I'm definitely keeping my eyes out for this!! :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  16. Interesting! Shame you have to wait until Feb. for it's release.

  17. Ooooh! This one does sound good!! I hope you make it until it comes out! Enjoy! :D

    Here's my WoW!

  18. Not only was alcohol prohibited but magic as well!?! That complicates things. Speakeasies with covert magic performances anyone?

    Thanks for stopping by!