The Illusionist's Apprentice


15 New Historical Fiction Reads Your Book Club Will Love – BOOKBUB


4 1/2 stars, TOP PICK – RT Book Reviews 

"Prepare to be amazed by The Illusionist's Apprentice!"

—Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN'S LIE and GIRL IN DISGUISE

Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.

Boston, 1926— Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.


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“Prepare to be amazed by THE ILLUSIONIST’S APPRENTICE.

Wren Lockhart, the talented magician at the heart of Kristy Cambron’s spellbinding tale of Jazz Age Boston, is the fierce, brilliant, guarded headliner you’ve been waiting for. This novel will have your pulse pounding and your mind racing to keep up with reversals, betrayals and surprises from the first page to the last. Like her characters, Cambron works magic so compelling and persuasive, she deserves a standing ovation.” 

—Greer Macallister, bestselling author of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE and GIRL IN DISGUISE

“Cambron (The Butterfly and the Violin) brilliantly weaves a tale of intrigue and history… lithe prose pulls together past and present and her attention to historical detail grounds the narrative to the last breathtaking moments.”

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

“Cambron takes readers on an amazing journey into the world of vaudeville illusionists during the Roaring Twenties… an intriguing mystery that adds adventure and suspense to the intricately detailed historical drama.” 

—RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

“Cambron has created a wholly original character in Wren Lockhart… The Illusionist’s Apprentice will appeal to anyone who likes novels about strong, enigmatic women, as well as to those curious about what goes on behind the curtains on a magician’s stage.” 

—Historical Novel Society


15 New Historical Fiction Reads Your Book Club Will Love – BOOKBUB


4 1/2 stars, TOP PICK – RT Book Reviews