“An incredibly fun thrill-ride by a masterful storyteller.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Stars And Smoke
A teenage sorcerer’s apprentice must solve her boss’s murder in order to prove her innocence in this twisty, magic-infused murder mystery perfect for fans of Knives Out and The Inheritance Games.
Being an apprentice to one of the world's most famous sorcerers has its challenges; Tabatha Zeng just didn’t think they would include solving crime. But when her boss, the infamous fortuneteller Sorcerer Solomon, predicts his own brutal death—and worse, it comes true—Tabatha finds herself caught in the crosshairs.
The police have their sights set on her and Callum Solomon, her murdered boss’s youngest son. With suspicion swirling around them, the two decide to team up to find the real killer and clear their own names once and for all.
But solving a murder isn’t as easy as it seems, especially when the suspect list is mostly the rich, connected, and magical members of Sorcerer Solomon’s family. And Tabatha can’t quite escape the nagging voice in her head asking: just how much can she really trust Callum Solomon?
Nothing is as it seems in this quick-witted and fantastical murder mystery.
Chinese American teen Tabatha Zeng disappoints her parents—a lawyer and an engineer, respectively—by pursuing a career in prophecy. The sorcerer-in-training tries to compensate by apprenticing under Sorcerer Julian Solomon, the most notorious fortune teller on the East Coast, but her plan backfires after somebody dismembers him. Months prior, Julian predicted that he'd die at the hands of his "best beloved" and made Tabatha promise that upon his demise, she'd seek out his youngest son, "pretty, clean-cut white boy" Callum. Regrettably, Tabatha and Callum are the last two people to see Julian alive, resulting in them being implicated as the prime suspects in his murder. With the magic-hating head of the occult crimes unit, Det. Elena Chang, in pursuit, the duo—who don't fully trust each other—join forces to clear their names. Tabatha narrates in reflection ("Toying with fate makes it hard to keep track of those hairline fractures between past, present, and future"), and her editorializations add wry humor and subtle foreshadowing throughout. The convenient conclusion is overshadowed by zippy pacing and witty banter, and moments of keen character insight lend heft to this lively and madcap mystery from Tang (Kingdom of Without). Ages 14–up.