The Grand Illusion

Enter a world of magic, mystery, war and illusion from the bestselling author Syd Moore

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Pub Date May 07 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Historical fiction inspired by the War Office response to the Nazi obsession with the occult

Step forward Daphne Devine - you are about to change the course of the war

‘A breathtaking historical thriller.’ Erin Kelly, author of The Skeleton Key

June 1940. As World War Two rages, Daphne Devine remains in London, performing each night as assistant to stage magician Jonty Trevelyan, aka the Grand Mystique.

Then the secret service call.

For, aware of Hitler’s belief in the occult, the war office has set up a hidden cohort to exploit this quirk in the enemy’s chain of command.

Daphne and Jonty find themselves far from the glitz and glamour of the theatre, deep inside the lower levels of Wormwood Scrubs prison. Here, they join secret ranks of occultists, surrealists, and other eccentrics co-opted to the war effort. There is one goal: to avert invasion on British shores.

Soon Daphne realises she must risk everything if there is any chance of saving her country

'Quirky, clever and compelling.' Anna Mazzola, author of The Clockwork Girl

'A rattling good read.' Barbara Nadel, author of Belshazzar's Daughter
Historical fiction inspired by the War Office response to the Nazi obsession with the occult

Step forward Daphne Devine - you are about to change the course of the war

‘A breathtaking historical...

Advance Praise

'Quirky, clever and compelling.' Anna Mazzola, author of The Clockwork Girl

'A rattling good read.' Barbara Nadel, author of Belshazzar's Daughter

'An intriguing novel, laced with insight and humour, and Daphne is a heroine who would shine in any age.' Olivia Isaac-Henry, author of The Verdict 

'A blend of glamour, stagecraft and espionage...had me gripped from the first page. I screamed aloud at one point! Impossible not to fall in love with the characters. Loved it.' Rachael Blok, author of Under the Ice

'Quirky, clever and compelling.' Anna Mazzola, author of The Clockwork Girl

'A rattling good read.' Barbara Nadel, author of Belshazzar's Daughter

'An intriguing novel, laced with insight and humour...


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ISBN 9780861541607
PRICE CA$33.95 (CAD)
PAGES 368

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Featured Reviews

Holy moley this book smashed it out of the park and into the stratosphere! Utterly brilliant!

Ok, now I have the initial reaction out of the way, the book review. The writing is on point, the topic well researched and the pace scorching! Syd Moore has created an outstandingly good read that I utterly devoured!

Oh Daphne Devine, you are a one and an ideal heroine! Embodying the type of spirit that won the war

Daphne is a magicians assistant to Jonty, the Great Mystique, and she performs every night as the war rages on, that is until she receives a call from the war office, pulling her into a daring plan to exploit Hitlers suspected beliefs regarding the occult
The storylines are intelligent yet just unbelievable enough to be believable. A really good novel to get your teeth into!

Thank you to Netgalley, Oneworld Publications, Magpie ad the author Syd More for this screamingly good adventure arc! My review is left voluntarily and all opinions are my own

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