The Devil's Marque

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Meet Calliope Dancer: confectiontionaire extraordinaire
with abilities to connive, control, and correct everything
she contracts for and more. Or she thought until a spider
and a lawyer catch her in their web, and her candy
helps not at all to get her beyond their wall. The police
are unamused and her client unsatisfied. Now what can she do? More

Available ebook formats: epub

About Mike Macartney

Mike Macartney is an aerospace engineer from Nevada.
He spent a career in the space business as an analysis
engineer, an engineering manager, an armored vehicle
business manager, and a consultant to NASA. He helped to
found an IT and a software company in Northern California.

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Review by: Julia DeBarrioz on Nov. 20, 2015 :
This was a delightful first outing penned by Mike Macartney. Calliope Dancer is a chocolatier whose special recipes are not your average box of Russel Stover’s fare. In fact Miss Dancer is exceptional in every way, and can charm anyone she needs to with her homemade candies and her sparkling personality, from fiendish heavies to the President of France. And yet when she takes on a case that proves difficult even for her brilliant abilities, Dancer finds that the Devil himself is the least of her worries. The lines between magic and science are blurred in this masterfully woven tale, and the author suggests that magic is only a word for that which is still unknown.

This is a book filled with rich description, from the confectionary delicacies to the antique furniture to exotic locales, and a full cast of colorful characters from various points of history. It was a well-written, fun and unique read, and I do hope we will hear from Miss Dancer and Mr. Macartney again!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
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