Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life?she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It's a great life and she doesn't wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha. But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a fac Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life?she has an almost-sustainable caree...

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Title:Magic for Liars
Author:Sarah Gailey
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B07GV95CWZ
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Magic for Liars Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jun 30, 2019
    A non-magic (muggle) detective is called to Osthorne Academy for Young Mages (Hogwarts) to investigate the mysterious and gruesome death of one of their teachers. It's also where her sister teaches, so it brings up all sorts of memories and what-ifs for her own life. I would say wit...
  • Cathy
    Jul 29, 2019
    I expected good things from this. But it did nothing for me, I am sad to say. At the 10%-mark I posted: "Build-up, surprisingly not very interesting so far." It did not pick up. I disliked Ivy with her drinking and feeling sorry for herself. What a sad, one-dimensional person it...
  • Racheal
    Mar 11, 2019
    I have mixed feelings about this one. I decided to give it a shot despite not being into murder mysteries because it sounded super interesting (a non magical private investigator is asked to solve the murder of a teacher at the magical academy where her estranged sister works), and the...
  • Aidan
    Mar 29, 2019
    A thrilling, thoughtful, funny, cutting, and heartbreaking mystery. Like Harry Potter meets Mean Girls by way of Broadchurch. ...
  • Emily
    Jul 10, 2019
    I really enjoyed reading this. A mystery set at a magic school is right up my alley, particularly because the detective, Ivy, is distinctively non-magical and has to solve a case at the school where her estranged twin is teaching. I liked Ivy's voice, and I was particularly drawn into ...
  • Darcia Helle
    May 29, 2019
    I love the combination of magic with a PI and a murder case, so I was looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, I didn't love the book as much as I love the concept. I have low tolerance for characters (and people) who wallow in self-pity. Ivy, the PI and narrator of this...
  • unknown
    Mar 01, 2019
    Books that are billed as ?like The Magicians? are never like The Magicians in the right ways for me, but this is both like The Magicians in that ?magic is actually kind of weird and gross and real? way, and it?s a compelling whodunnit besides. The solution was perhaps a tad o...
  • Lisa Wolf
    Jun 02, 2019
    Magic For Liars may be set at a school of magic, but we're on notice from the very first page that this is not THAT kind of school: Now they were all downstairs at the welcome-back dinner, an all-staff-all-students meal that marked the end of the first week of classes. They'd joke the...
  • Devann
    Jun 08, 2019
    I have read this author's American Hippo series as well as her Fisher of Bones serial, but it looks like this is her full-length novel debut. I thought it was a very engaging story and ended up being so interested in the mystery aspect of it that I read it in only two days. Some parts ...
  • Fiona
    Jun 11, 2019
    This time was going to be different. This time was going to be better. This time, I was going to be enough. Like so many of us readers, Ivy Gamble never had the chance to go to magic school and experience a magical fix for everything wrong in her life. Unlike most of us, she's not r...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Jun 24, 2019
    2.5 stars What a bipolar reading experience this was. Initially I was doubtful that a story set in a magic school would interest me but once I started I REALLY enjoyed it?? until I didn?t. It?s such a pity that Ivy turned out to kill my joy with her incessant whining a...
  • Mari
    Jun 10, 2019
    I gobbled this up in a day and that readability and the premise are definitely the strongest pieces here. It's a mystery set at a magic school, I mean come on. I was sold immediately. The overall experience was good, but not great. Because our protagonist was non-magic, it allowe...
  • Janet Newport
    Mar 21, 2019
    Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan/Tor-Forge for this arc. I wish I enjoyed this read more than I did. It sounded like it would be right up my alley. But it just missed out for me. I was so irritated with Ivy's self pity through out the book, that I was tempted to give up by 37%. I f...
  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    May 29, 2019
    4 stars! It might take a little while to get there, but I'll tell you everything, and I'll tell you the truth. As best I can. I used to lie, but when I tell you the story, you'll understand why I had to lie. You'll understand that I didn't have a choice. I just wanted to do my job....
  • Toya
    May 29, 2019
    The book opens with a graphic murder scene where Sylvia, a professor at Osthorne Academy whose body lies in two separate pieces on a blood stained carpet. Ivy Gamble is a private investigator that usually specializes in typical cases like cheating spouses and disability fraud. Every...
  • Lindsay
    Jul 04, 2019
    Ivy Gamble is a private investigator and completely non-magical. Her twin sister Tabitha is magical and a teacher at a magic school. They have a strained relationship for all sorts of reasons, but bitter envy is definitely one of them. When there's a murder at Tabitha's school and Ivy ...
  • Lata
    Jul 24, 2019
    Ivy Gamble fulfills the trope of noir detective, being a functional alcoholic and a loner, and working a variety of cheating partners and small fraud cases. She also is also still grieving over her mother's death from cancer, her father's pulling away subsequently, and her broken relat...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    May 07, 2019
    This review can also be found on my blog! I received an ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review! CW: murder, abortion, cancer, alcohol abuse, and bullying For me, this was a case of coverly love that turned into more intrigue when I read the First Look that Bo...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Jun 13, 2019
    I haven't read very many fantasy/mystery mashups, but now I want to scent them all out like a hound dog because this was a fabulous reading experience. I loved the setting of a private school for mages paired with Ivy, the adult outsider narrator, because frankly I can only take so muc...
  • Bee
    Jun 02, 2019
    Magic for Liarsisn't what I expected it to be. I had impressions from other early readers that it would be along the lines of a murder-mystery in Hogwarts, which turned out to be less-than-accurate. Instead,Magic for Liarsis about the lies we tell ourselves, and each other. It is...
  • Cupcakes & Machetes
    May 13, 2019
    3.5 out of 5 stars I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review. Ivy Gamble is a small time private investigator who deals with mostly, disability fraud and spouse cheating cases. Today, however, the local school of magic has approache...
  • Lucille
    Jun 06, 2019
    between 3 and 4, because I loved the idea of this book and the setting, but also because it was not all that surprising to me. I wanted to not see things coming, to be surprised by twists, but I wasn't really. Though might not be the case for everyone! Edit: lowering to 2 because I'...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Mar 18, 2019
    Ivy Gamble is not magic. She will not be whisked away to train in a magician?s school where she will have all the glory her teeth can snatch. She is not the Chosen One, standing over her peers like a towering peak?all the possibilities of life, death, and magic spinning in her h...
  • Nerdette Podcast
    Jun 11, 2019
    A muggle private eye is asked to find out who killed a teacher at the school for mages where her magic twin sister is a teacher. So, obviously it?s a great book. ????? ...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    Jun 23, 2019
    Magical magicians mysteriously manipulating murderous shenanigans. Possibly perjerous PIs pandering to perilous culminations. In short, this couldn?t have been better if Stephen Fry wrote it! ? ???????? Magical magicians mysteriously manipulating m...
  • Emily
    Jul 29, 2019
    I desperately wanted to love it. It was a tragedy in the making. First, some things I liked Rahul, the main love interest: He must be protected Magic teenagers being teenagers: YES magic teens would definitely use their magic for the most utterly juvenile things, including lots o...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Sep 27, 2017
    "The Magicians meets Tana French" so hey I haven't actually read either but both sound like My Shit(TM) so yeah this needs to release and be in my hands immediately please serve w morally black characters ...
  • The Captain
    Jun 04, 2019
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . I was excited to read this full-length novel from the author who brought us hippo cowboys. This is a murder mystery set in a magical school....
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Jul 31, 2019
    (2.75) Murder mystery in a magical school? Sounds right up my alley! Sadly I ended up being a bit bored. The story simply wasn't very memorable. ...
  • Clovis (Rumell) Khan
    Jul 08, 2019
    I really enjoyed this Mystery Book. I was looking for something like this. I am very satisfied with it. ...