THE CONJURER The debut novel in the elegant and richly nuanced
series featuring Martha Beale, a very wealthy young woman from
Philadelphia’s highest social circles. Set in 1842 THE CONJURER
begins with the disappearance of Martha’s father, famed
Philadelphia financier Lemuel Beale. Martha instigates a search
for him alongside Thomas Kelman, a member of the mayor’s
commission inspecting crime and corruption in Philadelphia. His
investigations into the ritual slayings of several young girl
prostitutes raise a likely suspect in the form of renowned
conjurer and clairvoyant, Eusapio Paladino. As Martha and Kelman
unravel connections between the cases, their attraction grows.
But just as they appear to be solving the crime, a very devious
killer comes between them.