Books from the Backlog #109

Posted April 23, 2020 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 19 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
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This week’s neglected book

Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly

Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books

A captivating debut novel, meticulously researched and beautifully imagined, about the passionate marriage of Harry and Bess Houdini—a love story that defied death itself.

Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife Bess from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair’s extraordinary romance, which swept the illusionist and his bride from the beaches of Coney Island, to the palaces of Budapest, to the back lots of Hollywood. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of a mysterious young photographer, she realizes that her husband’s magic may have been more than just illusion.

In surprising turns that weave through the uncertain days of the dawn of the twentieth century and continue into the dazzling 1920s, Mrs. Houdini is a thrilling tale that will take you deep into the heart of one of history’s greatest love stories—asking what drives people to believe in something bigger than themselves—even as it reveals the famous magician’s most remarkable feat of all

Why did I add Mrs. Houdini to my bookshelf?
The cover is what drew me to this book.  I was at a local book fair several years ago and I spotted this book on a table across the room and just had to see what it was about.  Of course once I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it back on the table.  I love the premise of this story.  Houdini was such an interesting person and I can wait to see how the author envisions his ability to speak. to his wife after his death.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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19 responses to “Books from the Backlog #109

  1. I know this will sound kind of silly in comparison, but a few months ago Eleanor and I were reading one of the Magic Tree House books – Hurry Up, Houdini. That is when I first 'met' Bess and Harry and I thought it would be interesting to find out more about them. Now seeing this book, I may have to do just that!

  2. Gorgeous cover! I would have picked it up, too. Mine was a second book from a new-to-me author, and I fully expected to read it right away. Best laid plans. Thanks for offering a place to talk about the neglected ones…and plan to read them.

  3. Oooh, this one sounds good. I love the cover and the premise sounds interesting too. I'm going to add it to my TBR list on Goodreads.

  4. As a child, I was obsessed with magic. I even know a few pretty solid card tricks today lol. This one sounds fascinating!

  5. I love the cover for this too. Houdini was such an interesting person, and I know nothing about this wife. This sounds like it will be good. I hope you enjoy it when you read it, Carole.