The author of the wonderful “hippo wrangler” stories is back with their first novel, a mystery with magic. P.I. Ivy Gamble is hired to investigate the macabre death of a faculty member at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages. There are multiple problems with this case. First, her estranged twin sister Tabitha teaches at the academy. Second, Ivy has none of the magical talent that her sister possesses in abundance. And three, none of the other faculty know that Ivy has no magical abilities. Ivy goes forth with quiet determination to solve the case and somehow communicate with and reconnect with her sister. So what if there’s a cute guy she finds attractive and she has to lie to about her family history, magic talent…or lack of any. Ivy is struggling to solve this increasingly convoluted magical murder case, hoping to find love, and maybe even make peace with her sister and herself.— From Linda's Latest List
“When Ivy was a child, her sister went off to a school for mages, leaving her feeling abandoned in the non-magical world. So when her sister’s boss turns up at Ivy’s detective practice a couple of decades later and asks her to solve a murder, she’s less than enthused. Mixing noir tropes with the classic setting of a school for practitioners of magic, Magic for Liars is by turns intriguing and unsettling. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way as Ivy attempted to comb through the lies and resist her own temptation to get too deeply embroiled in the mystery.”
— Shelby Daniel-Wayman, Fair Isle Books, Washington Island, WI
Sharp, mainstream fantasy meets compelling thrills of investigative noir in Magic for Liars, a fantasy debut by rising star Sarah Gailey.
Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.
Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life – or at least, she’s perfectly fine.
She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister.
Ivy Gamble is a liar.
When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister—without losing herself.
“An unmissable debut.”—Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire
Praise for Magic for Liars
"There’s something for almost all readers here....Gailey shows us that humans are humans, even when they are magic, and they are still flawed, damaged, and oh-so-interesting" —Booklist (starred review)
"Clever and fast-paced...a wonderfully quirky mystery filled with inviting characters and gripping surprise twists." —Publishers Weekly
"A poignant and bittersweet family tragedy disguised as a mystery but with a magic all its own." —Kirkus
"Full of suspense and magic, with a protagonist as sharp and tart as a lemon, Sarah Gailey has written an unmissable debut." —Adrienne Celt, author of Invitation to a Bonfire
“I loved Sarah Gailey's Magic for Liars…it broke my heart, and I longed for the world of this story anyway.” —Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians
“Weird and wonderful…Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.” —Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath