If you’ve read this blog (or followed me on Twitter or Instagram), you know I love a good book rec. Like I’m happy to help you spend money on books. A literary enabler, if you will.

So instead of talking about an upcoming book this week, I want to tell you about a book I read before I went to Worldcon that I can’t stop thinking about: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey.



Sarah Gailey infuses every page of Magic for Liars with punchy prose that’s also pretty. There are no wasted words or filler scenes. It has breakneck pacing, but doesn’t trade lush writing to get there. It’s got a magic school setting, but our protag isn’t a student. Her sister, though, teach there. Complicated much? So there’s a good familial angst element with a strong internal plot set alongside detective-style pacing.

I devoured this book, and immediately wanted more full-length novels from Gailey.

Has anyone else read this? Have you read any other of Sarah Gailey’s books? Chime in below.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey


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 faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.

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