A sexy, glamorous romp through the scandals, secrets and even murder in Los Angeles' most exclusive magician's society.
Welcome to CLUB DECEPTION where nothing is what it seems ...and love may be the most dangerous illusion of all.
Claire Fredericksson is the beating heart of CLUB DECEPTION, LA's most exclusive society of magicians. She's the Queen Bee of Magician WAGs ("Wives and Girlfriends"), and the real genius behind her philandering husband Jonathan's award-winning magic show, but her debilitating stage fright has kept her out of the limelight. Until Claire's life is upended by the arrival of two new women to the closed group of magicians' wives- Jessica, a young trophy wife with a secret; and Kaimi, an art expert looking for the long- lost Erdnase papers by posing as a girlfriend. When a magician rivalry and a stolen routine erupt into murder, the women must uncover the truth and set things right for the men they love. With a cast of endurance experts, Vegas stage stars, close-up card handlers and a pick-up artist or two this glamorous novel weaves a tale of murder and fame, and many, many illusions.
Entertainment Weekly: Sarah Skilton makes the women of magic reappear in noir thriller Club Deception
"Glamorous, sexy, and full of more twists than a magic show, CLUB DECEPTION put Sarah Skilton on my insta-buy list!" –Katee Robert, New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Contract
"Sarah Skilton has crafted a fast-paced, sexy mystery that reads like a cross between Jennifer Weiner and Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca. I was enthralled by the world of modern celebrity magicians and couldn't stop reading." --Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini
"This book unfolds like some of the best magic I have ever seen. It hooks you in at the start and takes you on a journey that doesn't make you feel like you were fooled, but rather experienced something truly amazing." - Jon Armstrong, the Academy of Magical Arts' Close-up Magician of the Year, and co-writer of Smoke & Mirrors
"Packed with flash, sizzle and spark, Club Deception lays bare the intrigue among a group of scheming modern magicians, both on the stage and behind closed doors. Skilton keeps you guessing until the very last pages--and you'll revel in every sly, sexy turn of events along the way." - Greer Macallister, best-selling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise
"Rollicking suspense with a throwback '20s vibe. Skilton's sleight-of-hand hides all the tricks until the very end." - Sandra Block, author of Little Black Lies
"A bold, skilled storyteller, Sarah Skilton creates a fascinating world of magic and murder in the deceitfully delicious CLUB DECEPTION. The L.A. magic scene crackles with authenticity & richness." - Shelley Coriell, award-winning author of the Apostles romantic suspense series
"Skilton captures the romance of stage magic while educating readers about its history and culture. Splashy backdrops, steamy sex scenes, and strong, smart female characters complement the soapy plot." -- Publishers Weekly
"Her delightfully unique murder-mystery subverts genre and gender expectations, twisting power imbalances, providing plenty of strong, complex female relationships, while keeping the whole tone smart, snappy and fresh." -- Romantic Times, Top Pick!
Reading Group Guide (beware spoilers--read the book first)